SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County School Board met in regular session on Tuesday, January 17, honoring Magoffin County High School students selected as finalists in a book-publishing program and discussing a draft budget for the next school year.
Certificates were given to four Magoffin County High School students whose books were selected as finalists in a KVEC program. Of the 35 books selected across the region, three were from Magoffin County Schools students. Six books will be selected to be published, complete with an ISBN and a book signing. Those recognized were students Kenlee Wireman, Sherry Salyer, Leah Bailey and Isiah Vires.
The newly-appointed Director of Pupil Personnel Terry Watson addressed the board, highlighting how he plans to focus on improving attendance district-wide, including concentrating on students who are missing 10 percent of the time.
Superintendent Scott Helton explained to the board that he met with other superintendents in Frankfort on Friday regarding finance and uncertainties surrounding the possibility of charter schools. He said that if the proposed legislation is pushed through, charter schools will start in the urban areas of the state, first, before moving to the rural areas.
To date, so far this school year the district has missed three days of school, Helton reported. He said he has met recently with all of the principals and they are working to realign the curriculum district-wide.
Superintendent Helton updated the board of a bus incident that occurred recently, where a couple of students were taken to the hospital, but explained he was thankful that the accident wasn’t more serious than it could have been.
He said the girls’ and boys’ district tournament will be hosted at the Magoffin County High School in February and invited the public to attend.
The board approved the schools’ and district’s action plans regarding how they plan to improve test scores and align the curriculum.
In preparation for prom and graduation, the board approved the purchase of a floor covering for the Magoffin County High School gymnasium, accepting the lowest bid from Little Man.
The board acknowledged the draft budget for the 2017-2018 school year, which includes a 3.65 percent contingency.
Finance Director Kevin Owens explained that they have had to make some educated guesses as to how much utilities will cost regarding the addition of the new high school, as well as plan for a decrease in funding available for phones and data usage. While last year they received more rebates, cutting costs for telephones throughout the district to $5,000 per month, this year they are not receiving nearly as much, with phones costing over $12,000 per month.
Owens told the board that he tried to project the expenditures and revenue as accurately as possible, while playing it safe with the numbers.
Tuesday night’s meeting was the first regular meeting for newly-elected school board members Doug Wireman and Don Helton, as well as for the Magoffin County High School Student Senate members Emily Parsons and Thomas Patrick, who were also in attendance.
The Magoffin County School Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., with the location alternating between the schools throughout the district.
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STUDENT AUTHORS RECOGNIZED: The Magoffin County School Board Chairman Rodney Ward and Superintendent Scott Helton recognized Sherry Salyer, Kenlee Wireman, Leah Bailey and Isiah Vires (not pictured), seen above with Brittany Campbell. Kenlee Wireman authored the book "Protector," which was illustrated by Sherry Salyer. Leah Bailey authored and illustrated "It's Kinda Two Sided," and Isiah Vires authored and illustrated "How A Tree Grows." All three books are finalists in a KVEC program that will select six books to be published.