School board meets: March 2014

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SALYERSVILLE - The Magoffin County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, March 20.

President of Magoffin County Retired Teachers Association Joyce Joseph presented a certificate and $50 check to the 2014 AARP Grandparent of the Year Essay winner, Haley Smithers, from South Magoffin Elementary. To read Smithers' article, see page A9.

Finance Officer Kevin Owens informed the Board that he is updating the classified salary schedule and hopes to have a draft ready for the next regular meeting. Owens said he would like to get it approved by July 1 so it can be applied for the upcoming fiscal year. The changes made will put the District in compliance with state regulations, he said.

Scott Helton updated the Board on the Headstart program, which was ranked in the top 10 after the December federal review of the Big Sandy district. Furthermore, sequestered funds have now been released and the Board agreed to use that money to restore the days cut from staff a couple of years ago.

Todd Sizemore with Codell Construction reassured the Board that the construction at the new high school worksite will begin in mid-June. The football field will be ready in August for use.

"Working through the challenges, we've made a lot of progress," Sizemore said. "The wick drains allowed us to keep on schedule. The settlement is so minute, so we will be able to start early-to-mid April, which is a month early."

Sizemore said the rough grading is finishing up and the manholes and underground plumbing are being set. 

Superintendent Stanley Holbrook updated the Board, stating that Thursday was the 119th day of school, which hit on the February 28 last year. Attendance is still holding at 92.1 percent, which is higher than last year, but the weather has not been cooperative. Legislature is considering a bill that would give school districts 10 calamity days, but has not been approved, yet. If it is approved, he said they want to accept them. The Board may have to meet within the next week to address those days. Currently, June 4 is the last day of school.

The Board also agreed to pay the speech language pathologist, Andrea Castle, for services conducted in the 2012-2013 school year, which include billing Medicaid for the District. 



Independent Photo || VICTORIA FELBER
FOR EDUCATION:  Magoffin County School Board members Ray Helton, David Smith, Bill May, Vice Chairman Carl Howard, and Chairman Caroline Isaac raising their hands for education!