School Board focuses on technology

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Staff Report

Technology was a major focus at Monday's meeting of the Campbellsville School Board.

Teachers from all three of the District's schools gave a presentation to Board members on how new technology is stirring excitement in the classroom.

Technology instructor Terry Brewer said there are now SmartBoards in each classroom in the District, and students are enjoying them.

Teachers demonstrating were Tammie Collins and Kaye Agathen from Campbellsville Elementary School, Farrah Hord and Tiarra Cecil from Campbellsville Middle School and Richard Dooley, Cheryl Dicken and Michael Daniels from Campbellsville High School.

Superintendent's report

Superintendent Mike Deaton gave an update on several projects being completed for District programs - track, softball and weightlifting. He showed photographs of the work in progress.

Deaton also addressed the budget outlook for next school year. With attrition and transfers, he said, he is hoping that all jobs will be retained. He said he is also looking into the possibility of employee raises.

"We're doing a great job of retaining people," he said, "and I think this would go a long way toward showing our appreciation."

Deaton announced that this year's testing window is May 2-13, and all staff and students are in the midst of preparations. Preliminary ACT scores are back. However, he said, results can't yet be announced.

A celebration is planned for all faculty and staff on Tuesday, May 31, which is closing day for the school year.

Deaton added a personal note, expressing his thanks for support from staff during his recent induction in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Also at the meeting:

  • Academic Achievers for April were recognized: Simon Duffy and Taylor Knight from CES; Alicia Grapevine and Taz McColley at CMS; Robyn Clark and Tyler Carson from CHS.
  • Academic Spotlight: Campbellsville Eagle Academy Co-director Carol Cravens gave a report on the program's curriculum, learning environment, resources and performance.

In addition, Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition Site Coordinator Erin Estes explained results from the recent KIP Survey. See the March 7 issue of the CKNJ for more information on those results.

Estes also discussed current programs within the District, including the purchase of student athletic passes, student drug testing, prom breakfast, Project Graduation and a "Take Back Day" scheduled for April 30. During that event, residents may bring old medicines for disposal to the Walmart parking lot between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  • Board members approved two out-of-state trips: a senior trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, for Math and Science Days at Kings Island on May 13; and a May 5-7 trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn. for CHS students who scored proficient/distinguished in all content areas on state tests.
  • A non-resident contract was approved with LaRue County Schools.
  • The Board approved a contract with Wise, Buckner, Sprowles & Associates at a cost of $12,200.
  • The District's technology plan was approved, including vision, goals and objectives.
  • The monthly employment report includes new hires: David Bradstreet, CHS assistant boys' baseball coach; Tammy Hash, CHS assistant girls' softball coach; and Steve Doss, CHS boys' track coach.
  • The Board rejected a bid to purchase a 1996 Ford Truck. The sale will be re-submitted for bid for an additional 30 days.