Campbellsville school survey now online

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Plan calls for reconfiguration of school buildings

By Calen McKinney

Those who want to give their two cents about the plan to realign Campbellsville Independent School System now have their chance.

Superintendent Mike Deaton said at Monday night's regular Board of Education meeting that a survey for parents, community members and any interested parties is now available online.

Those who want to take the survey can go to www.cville.k12.ky.us and click "District Reconfiguration Information" in the top right corner of the page.

At that page, there are links to information about the reasoning for and benefits of the proposed reconfiguration, along with building plans and the survey.

Deaton said a One Call alert phone call has been sent to all students' parents and anyone interested is welcome to take the survey.

In October, Deaton said a committee has been formed to discuss the reconfiguration and concerns and praise have been expressed.

The proposed reconfiguration was first announced in May. If approved, the changes would be implemented during the 2013-2014 school year.

Deaton's proposal is to have the current CMS building become an Early Education Center for students in preschool through third-grade.

CMS students in grades four, five and six would move to the existing CES building.

Seventh and eighth graders could become students at a "transitional" school between the current CES and CHS buildings. Freshmen through seniors will remain at the CHS building.

Preschool students currently attend class in a house near CES, which currently houses students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Students in grades five through eight attend CMS, and CHS houses freshmen through seniors.

Academic Spotlight

This month's academic spotlight focused on the Campbellsville Eagle Academy and the district's librarians.

Tim Bailey, CEA director, and Libby Caulk, CEA instructor, told Board members that enrollment at the academy stands at 17. Three students returned to the regular classroom setting this year and two or three may return next month.

"We don't want these kids there very long," Bailey said.

He said one student is on homebound to catch up on credits. The program is working well, Bailey said, and likely prevented the student from dropping out of school.

Caulk said students at CEA use the Novel Star program with classroom instruction and are doing well.

Bailey thanked the Board for its approval of a part-time instructional assistant position, which he said has helped CEA students and staff members.

"I really can't ask for any more," he said.

Board member Angie Johnson said it's important to remember that students who attend CEA aren't bad, they simply need an alternative way to learn.

Board member Pat Hall agrees.

"Alternative means meeting the needs of every child," she said. "And we do meet the needs of every child. [CEA staff members] are the key to that."

District librarians Susie Crowder from CES, Sara Cobb from CMS and Valerie Davis from CHS told Board members that students seem to engage in learning by visiting the library.

The district's libraries are used for small group meetings, computer activities, book fairs and many special events.

At CES, Crowder said, activities are flexible to meet students' needs. She said the library's collection includes 14,635 books, 782 DVDs, 1,067 guided reading sets and many magazines and newspapers. A book is place into a student's hands every 3.66 minutes at CES, she said. The library hosts many special events, from author visits to reading days when community members come to the school and read to students. Crowder said she would like to improve the collection at CES, along with updating equipment and furniture.

At CMS, a book is placed into a student's hands every 4.88 minutes, Cobb said. The school's library circulation contains 6,715 items and 28 computers and Cobb says she would like to get more e-books for student use.

At CHS, Davis said the school's media center has 22 computers, the computer lab has 29 and a mobile lab has 30. The school's circulation tops out at 6,915 books, more than 325 DVDs and many magazine subscriptions. Davis said she would like to be able to update the library's collection, since the average age of the books at CHS is 13 years.

Also at the Meeting:

• In his report to the Board, Deaton said enrollment at Campbellsville schools is up compared to last year's numbers.

He said attendance was down last week, however, he hopes winter illness has subsided. Deaton said he intends for school to be in session each day through next Wednesday, the day before holiday break begins.

• Crowder received the Dare to Soar Award. On her nomination form, it was stated that while Crowder stays behind the scenes, she has many responsibilities, from writing grant proposals to taking photos and videos at school activities to teaching students.

• Taylor County Adult Learning Center employee hours were extended from five to seven per day beginning Jan. 1. Deaton said a grant will pay the additional cost.

• A summer session at Taylor County Adult Learning Center was approved and will begin May 28 and end June 28. Deaton said grant funding will also pay this expense.

• The Board approved the $12,690 purchase of 90 Texas Instruments color graphing calculators for Campbellsville High School. Deaton said the calculators will help students with end of course and ACT exams.

• District planning committee members were appointed. They group met for the first time yesterday. Members are Gabrielle Sanders, Mollie Williams, Doretha Sanders, Nathan Rhodes, Suzanne Wilson, Mitch Overstreet, Katie Campbell, Kirby Smith, Kent Settle, Mike Deaton, Prindle Hinton, Rebecca Tungate, Donna White, Javier Lopez and Joni Davis.

• Finance Director Chris Kidwell presented the District's financial report for November. November revenue was $837,543.42 and expenses totaled $950,889.63. The closing balance at the end of November was $3,036,797.40.

• Board members Pat Hall and Barkley Taylor, who were re-elected in the November General Election, were sworn into office.

• The Board's 2013 meeting dates were set. The group meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m., except for April and July. Meeting locations vary. The group will next meet Monday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. in the CES library. All Board meetings are open to the public.

• Board members discussed personnel in closed session for 13 minutes. No action was taken.