Schools spending more on education

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Board members recognize TCHS marching band.

James Roberts, Staff Writer

Taylor County Schools are spending more on education.
Jeff Sprowles of Wise, Buckner, Sprowles & Associates gave a financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30 during last week's Taylor County School Board meeting.
According to Sprowles' report, the District's net assets were $9.4 million. The general fund ended the year with $2.4 million while $23.3 million in revenue was received.
Sprowles noted a 4 percent increase in expenses, which, he said, was spent entirely on instruction costs.
Board member Tony Davis asked how Sprowles would grade the District on its handling of funds.
"I think the taxpayers are getting their money's worth," Sprowles said.

In other Board action:
- Taylor County High School's marching band was honored for its third place finish in the state AAA competition. Band Director Stephen Bishop said a special program on the band competition featuring footage of the TCHS band will air on KET on Dec. 19. Titled KMEA Kentucky Marching Band Championships, the program airs at 2 p.m.
- Taylor County Middle School students Ashley Lanham and Zach Richerson gave a PowerPoint presentation on the school's Exceptional Child Education program, which helps students reach proficiency.
- The Board approved the District Facility Plan. The plan saw no major changes, Superintendent Roger Cook said, but state officials did adjust priorities.
- Karen Hayes, Crissy Caldwell and Lindsey Atwood gave a presentation on the various activities of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition.
- The Board approved an emergency certification for English as a Second Language.
- An AP English trip to New England was approved for fall break 2011.
- Board Chair Bernie Cave recognized Board members-elect Deanna Hunt and David Hall, who were in attendance at the meeting. Hunt will replace Cave in January. Hall takes Gary Porter's seat. Porter did not seek re-election.

Administrative reports
TCHS Principal Charles Higdon Jr. continued the praise for the school's marching band. Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers have proclaimed Nov. 15-19 as TCHS Band Week. Higdon said that six TCHS students were recognized in all-state chorus and that he would have more information on them next month.
TCMS Principal C.D. Harvey shared data from the Explore test. Students scored higher than the national average in all categories except English. TCMS' composite score was 15.2. The national composite was 14.9.
TCES Principal Brian Clifford said his school was to host a Kentucky Core Content Test celebration on Nov. 16. Later this month, Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, will visit the school to speak to fifth graders, Clifford said.
Virtual Charter School Principal Bill Mattingly said the school now offers Spanish III and will begin a multi-district collaboration with Campbellsville University to offer a government class.
Director of Technology Bryan Cook said the District will soon offer an online lunch pay option and will expand its mini-laptop program to TCES.

The Board was notified of the following personnel actions.
- New hires - Sarah Elizabeth Havener, Christina Bishop and Mallory Sewell, substitute teachers; and Miranda Gadberry and Henry Burris, classified substitutes.
- Leave of absence - Wanda Abell.