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Cville superintendent gets raise

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By Calen McKinney

 

After receiving a top rating last month, Campbellsville Schools' leader has been given a raise.

At Monday night's regular Campbellsville Board of Education meeting, members voted to amend Superintendent Mike Deaton's contract to a salary of $117,700. The contract was also reduced from 250 days of work to 240.

In his previous contract, after salary, benefits and a stipend, Deaton received about $110,000. His base salary was $55,322.

The contract, which was renewed last year, expires June 30, 2017.

Before voting on Deaton's contract, Board members discussed the proposed changes in closed session for about 30 minutes.

Board member Mitch Overstreet made the motion to amend Deaton's contract, which member Barkley Taylor seconded and was unanimously approved. There was no other discussion.

On Tuesday, Deaton said Board members compared his contract to contracts for other superintendents around the state. The majority are for 240 days, he said, while his was at 250.

And, he said, his pay was increased in an effort for it to be closer to the average salary for superintendents in Kentucky. He said he believes that average is at about $120,000.

Last month, Board members gave Deaton, who became superintendent in 2009, a four on his annual evaluation, the highest score possible.

Last July, Deaton and Board members agreed to use a new pilot superintendent evaluation tool for his annual review. According to the evaluation from last month's meeting, Deaton has met the goals set for him in that pilot evaluation.

The evaluation is based on nine standards, including leadership and district culture, policy and governance, communications and community relations, human resources management, organizational management, curriculum planning development, values and ethics of leadership, instructional leadership and student achievement and learning.

Deaton said on Tuesday that he is appreciative of the salary increase and the opportunity to lead the Campbellsville School District.

"I'm very grateful for their confidence in my efforts to lead the District and will continue to try and put our District on solid footing both academically and financially and in a way that they will be proud," Deaton said.

"The successes we have experienced during my tenure are more of a reflection of the tremendous staff that works here than on my abilities, and I am very proud of all they do to make our small district a great place to work and learn."

Academic Spotlight

This month's academic spotlight was on the Campbellsville Family Resource Center.

Sue Crabtree, coordinator, said the center opened its doors in 1994 with a $90,000 budget. At the time, there were six employees.

In the past 20 years, the center's budget has fluctuated, she said, peaking at $94,500, to $77,701.50 for the coming year. The center has three staff members, with one stationed at Campbellsville elementary and middle schools and Crabtree traveling to all schools in the District.

The center provides educational support to Campbellsville students, Crabtree said, through the Backpack program, providing clothing to students and hosting grief support meetings and other family educational activities. The center also works with the Green/Taylor Early Childhood Council to help children become kindergarten ready. Crabtree said the center purchased tablets for students to check out and hosted a career fair at CES and Campbellsville High School.

For the upcoming school year, she said, the center has received a grant to provide two literacy tutors.

Also at the Meeting:

• The district will receive money from the state to help pay for textbooks this school year, the first time since 2008 when it received $37,000.

Kent Settle, instructional supervisor, said the $30,150 the district will receive won't pay for all the textbooks needed, however.

Settle said he believes the money will be spent to buy reading and language arts books, which is what the District needs the most.

• Finance Director Chris Kidwell told Board members that revenue in the district for the 2013-2014 fiscal year totaled $9.4 million. Expenses were about $7.4 million.

Kidwell said the district must have $120,000 set aside to pay for sick leave when employees retire. The district has also set aside $400,000 to help pay the cost of future construction, he said.

After final calculations, Kidwell said, the district will carry $1,958,219.74 forward for the 2014-2015 school year. He said the district will pay off its major debts in two years, and have bonding capacity for remodeling and construction.

Kidwell also presented the District's financial report for June. June revenue was $918,504.87 and expenses totaled $1,616.442.18, which he said includes summer salary costs. The closing balance at the end of June was $2,659,334.52.

Kidwell said he will give a complete report as to how the District ended the last fiscal year at next month's meeting, which is Monday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Board Office. It is open to the public.

• Board members voted to create a part-time teaching position at CHS, which will be combined with an existing part-time spot to create a full-time job. The worker will help students who need extra attention in an effort to prevent them from dropping out of school.

• In his monthly report to Board members, Deaton said work is continuing on the Campbellsville campus to prepare for the next school year, which begins Aug. 6. Deaton said a few more employees need to be hired and interviews are ongoing for those positions.

• A United Way funding application was approved. Deaton said the money goes to help pay for school supplies and clothing and junior guard expenses.

• The 2014-2015 code of acceptable behavior and discipline handbook was approved.

• The first payment on the district's new softball fieldhouse was approved, at a cost of $60,529.18. Deaton said work had been delayed but is now continuing.

• A student teacher contract with Campbellsville University was approved. There will be three student teachers working in the district next school year.

• The board agreed to advertise for bids for 2014-2015 senior portraits.

• A copier lease for Campbellsville High School was approved with Danville Office Equipment.

• Board members approved a contract with Orthodyne for physical therapy services and the Green County Board of Education for occupational therapy.

• The month's personnel report includes:

- New employees - Jessica Bradshaw, CHS biology teacher; Jessica Floyd, CMS music teacher; Natalia Warren, CMS bookkeeper.

- Resigned extra duties - Katie Campbell, CMS seventh-grade girls' basketball coach; Valerie Davis, CHS senior sponsor; Richard Dooley, CHS girls' head basketball coach; Rachel Miller, CMS assistant cheerleading coach; Angie Russell, CMS cheerleading coach; Robbilyn Speer, CMS girls' basketball coach.

- Resigned employees - Melisa Clark, CES instructional assistant; Shelby Gribbins, CHS social studies teacher; William Griffin, CHS instructional assistant.

- Retired employee - Carol Tucker, CMS bookkeeper.

- New athletics/other employees - Melanie Adams, CMS assistant cheerleading coach; Vanessa Adkins, CMS cheerleading coach; David Petett, CMS seventh-grade girls' basketball coach; Katie Wilkerson, CMS game manager.

- Transfers - Amanda Greer and Cherrish Sharlow, CES primary teachers.