Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson honored the members of the Grayson County Board of Education during their meeting on Thursday evening, Jan. 14.
In recognition of School Board Appreciation Month (January), Robinson presented gifts to School Board Members Carolyn Thomason, Valeria Hayes-Hicks, Dr. Brett Abney, Charlotte Gower, and Anna Majors.
According to Robinson, there are currently 854 School Board members serving in the state of Kentucky, and each must undergo a required amount of annual training.
“I think we’ve got the top out of the 173 Boards in the state,” said Robinson, commending the Grayson County School Board members for their commitment to their community.
“I really appreciate the time they put in,” Robinson said before encouraging the Grayson County Community to also show its appreciation for the local School Board members.
In other business:
*The School Board re-elected Thomason Board Chair and Hayes-Hicks Vice-Chair.
The School Board also named Robinson School Board Secretary.
*It was announced that the tentative opening day for the 2016-2017 school year will be Aug. 9.
Robinson said there is currently discussion of a state bill that would require Kentucky schools to start later in the year (the closest Monday to Aug. 26); however, the School Board approved the next year’s calendar pending the passing of such a state bill.
*Assistant Grayson County High School Principal Matt Hayes said there are currently 160 students at GCHS taking dual-credit courses, and this is estimated to save the participating students a total of more than $220,000 in tuition.
*A group of GCHS students recognized their teachers by speaking in a number of different languages during the meeting.
*In one motion, the School Board approved the following:
a. Rescinding Order No. 54, which is the “Approval of Adoption of Model Procurement Code;”
b. Rescinding Board Policy #04.32 (Procurement) as written and adopting in its place a new policy (Bidding);
c. The drafted budget for the 2016-2017 school year;
d. Accepting the School Facilities Construction Commission’s Offer of Assistance in the amount of $43,058 annual debt service on bonds to be sold for proposed construction or major renovation of facilities outlined in the most current approved facility plan;
e. The 2016 Comprehensive District Improvement Plan;
f. Non-resident contracts with surrounding counties;
g. Applying for emergency certification for Kelci Prunty to teach Exceptional Children – Learning and Behavior Disabilities for the 2015-2016 school year;
h. Grayson County Middle School’s (GCMS) fundraiser for the American Heart Association during the last week of February 2016;
i. Six GCHS trip requests;
j. A request from GCMS Counselor Nancy Sims to take approximately 45 students to compete in the Kentucky Junior Beta Convention in Louisville, KY at the Galt House from Feb. 17-19;
k. A request from an employee to extend her leave of absence through Jan. 12;
l. A request from an employee for a leave of absence from Feb. 8 through April 1;
m. A Request from an employee for a six-week leave of absence from Jan. 4 through Feb. 12;
n. Creating a special needs aide (one-on-one) at GCMS.
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