Lawler Elementary School recognized numerous students and staff members during a special-called meeting of the Grayson County School Board on Thursday, May 19.
Lawler Principal Brad Vincent first introduced Alex Hazelwood and Fallon Kassinger, whom together performed the National Anthem.
Vincent then discussed the success of Lawler’s first-ever Born Learning Academy, which it held during the 2015-2016 school year for a total of 22 families (about 90-130 total participants).
Vincent said six families attended every Born Learning workshop, and Lawler will host the Born Learning Academy again next year.
Vincent then recognized Emily McCombs for her service to the school and its students by helping to establish an Art Club at Lawler.
McCombs then presented awards to several Lawler Art Club students..
Vincent also recognized members of the Lawler Academic Team, whom, he said, performed better this year than it has in recent memory.
Finally, in celebration of Lawler Elementary School’s 25th anniversary, Vincent recognized longtime school employees Helen Butler and Myrtle “Peanut” Ray.
In other business:
*Ron Hurley, of Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC), made a presentation to honor nine certified Grayson County Schools staff members who are currently seeking Principal certification as a part of the Learning to Learn program.
The recognized staff members were Jason Haycraft, Michael Morgan, Gary Parker, Shannon Cates, Lee Ann Frank, Tonya Hill, Ashley Johnson, Kim Smith, and Lorie Sutherland.
*With one motion, the School Board approved the following items:
a. The technology plan for the 2016-2017 school year;
b. The salary schedules for the 2016-2017 school year;
c. Contracting with GRREC in 2016-2017 for the purpose of supporting and expanding services and staff, and to participate in GRREC’s Grant Writing Consortium for 2016-2017 at a cost of $1,000 (in addition to basic membership dues);
d. Food Service to join HPS, a group purchasing organization, for procurement of food and supplies for the 2016-2017 school year;
e. Bids for four Combi ovens (one at Lawler, one at Grayson County Middle School, and two at Grayson County High School), a walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler at GCHS, and a refrigerated merchandizer at GCHS;
f. Splitting the second assistant softball coaching stipends as $750 each for Jenna Cantway and Terra Burns;
g. Creating a math teacher position for GCHS;
h. A shortened school day for a special needs student;
i. Hiring Clotfelter-Samokar for architectural services for the Grayson County School District Facility Plan;
j. Approval of the general service agreement with Apptegy, pending Grayson County Schools Attorney David Vickery’s review;
k. Bids on removal and installation of floor tile at H.W. Wilkey Elementary School;
l. Writing the Grayson County Community Early Childhood Council Grant in the amount of $12,000;
m. Clarkson Elementary School’s application for four TranspArtation grants through the Kentucky Arts Council that, if approved, would be used to pay transportation costs to art venues;
n. Clarkson Elementary School to hold three school-wide fundraisers during the 2016-2017 school year;
o. The Lawler BETA Club’s trip to Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN on May 28, 2016;
p. A request from GCMS Band Teachers Gary Parker and Ashley Bell to take their band groups to Holiday World on Saturday, May 21, 2016;
q. A request from Orchestra Teacher Adam French to take the GCMS and GCHS Orchestra classes to Holiday World during the first week of July as a reward trip;
r. Five trip requests from GCHS;
s. A request from an employee for a leave of absence beginning April 14, 2016;
t. A request from an employee for a leave of absence beginning May 12, 2016 through June 30, 2016;
u. A request from an employee for a leave of absence beginning May 25, 2016 through June 30, 2016.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.