At an approximate cost of $12,000, the new buzzer and security camera features are now in place at Caneyville, Clarkson and H.W. Wilkey Elementary Schools and the Vocational & Technical Center.
Arnold Hack, Transportation Director, said the new fuel monitoring software system is also in place and it allows the district to keep better tabs on the fuel being purchase, delivered and consumed. The district has four tanks in place where buses can be filled; the central office, high school, Clarkson & Caneyville Elementary Schools each have fuel pumps.
The monitoring system involves a key fob method that each bus driver uses to log into the system before fueling, collecting data that is stored in the system for Hack to review. It also measures the amount of fuel in the tanks when fuel is delivered.
The district will soon say goodbye to an educator of 31 years; 14 of those years as Clarkson Elementary School Principal. Eddie Chambers announced recently that he would be retiring. The board did not announce if a replacement has been selected or when that announcement would be made. Anderson did say that a new teacher for the new machining class at the Votech school had been selected. Russell Chaney will begin in that position with the new 2013-2014 school year.
The board approved the design development plans for the Board of Education Central Office, which is to be built on property the district owns on Shaw Station Road in Leitchfield.
The plans have changed since last presented. The building has been flipped due to drainage issue involving the slope of the land. Esthetically this makes better sense, according to Scott Jackson, one of the designers, who said now the parking lot is not the first thing you see when you drive onto the campus.
Board member Valeria Hayes-Hicks showed concern for the large wall of glass that houses two offices behind it, including the superintendent’s office. The glass is lined across the front of the building.
There was discussion of possibly removing the glass, and how the question itself was a sign of the times.
Superintendent Anderson said it was something they could all think about and there was time to change the wall of glass if they choose to do so.
An Emergency Evacuation Agreement between the school district and the Grayson County Detention Center was signed on Feb. 26, 2013 and was approved at the board’s meeting. The agreement says the school district will provide bus transportation to evacuate inmates in the event of a catastrophic situation.
The detention center would be responsible for any fees incurred by the school district.
The bus drivers would be sworn-in as peace officers before hand by the GCDC, and two guards would be provided for each bus, according to the agreement. The agreement is required by the Kentucky Administrative Regulations promulgated pursuant to KRS Chapter 13S.
In other Board of Education business:
The board approved a resolution authorizing the Superintendent to act for and on behalf of the board in connection with the sale of used school buses which have been and are hereby declared surplus and the participation in the pooled used bus sale conducted by the Kentucky Interlocal School Transportation Association.
The board approved the following Reimbursement Resolution with respect to the plumbing and renovations to H.W. Wilkey Elementary School and Grayson County High School:
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GRAYSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCE CORPORATION, A NON-STOCK, NON-PROFIT CORPORATION DECLARING OFFICIAL INTENT WITH RESPECT TO REIMBURSEMENT OF TEMPORARY ADVANCES MADE FOR CAPITAL EXPENDITURES TO BE MADE FROM SUBSEQUENT BORROWINGS; AND TAKING OTHER ACTIONS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.
The board approved Clarkson Elementary School to participate in a school-wide fundraiser with Computers for Education beginning March 18th. Students are not expected to sell any product or solicit donations of any kind. A booklet of eleven postcards is sent home and for each booklet that is returned, Clarkson Elementary School will receive $5.50. The booklets are returned to Computers for Education headquarters where the addressed postcards are sent out with a selection of magazine subscriptions at discounted prices. Profits from this fundraiser will be used to purchase resources for RTI, both remediation and enrichment.
The board approved the following trip requests from Grayson County High School:
SkillsUSA (auto, carpentry, electricity, and welding) qualifying student(s) to travel to Louisville, Kentucky on April 2-5, 2013 to participate in the SkillsUSA State Conference at the Galt House. Expenses would be paid by SkillsUSA and since school is out during that week, no substitute cost would be incurred.
The board approved arequest from Brittany Whitmore, Math Teacher at Grayson County Middle School, for a six-week leave of absence beginning approximately April 8, 2013, per Board Policy #03.1233.
The board approved a request from Kimberly Brooke Jaggers, Teacher at Lawler Elementary School, for a leave of absence beginning approximately April 8, 2013 through the end of the school year, per Board Policy #03.1233.
The board approved a request from Donna Saltsman for a six to twelve week (approximate) leave of absence beginning February 25, 2013, per Board Policy #03.223.