The Grayson County School Board had its monthly meeting at the Grayson County Technology Center on Thursday, Feb. 9.
In honor of Career and Technical Education Month, several faculty, staff, and students were recognized for their contributions to the CTE (Career and Technical Education) field.
Grayson County High School DECA Members Ethan Hayes and Kenzie Snyder went before the Board to express their gratitude for the continuing support the Board has given to the DECA program over the years. Hayes and Snyder attested that DECA has helped them to achieve self-confidence in themselves and has given them valuable life skills during their time in the club. After their speech, Hayes and Snyder presented the Board members with personalized tumblers as gifts of appreciation.
Cynthia Smith, Grayson County Technology Center Director, recognized select certified and classified staff members involved in CTE for supporting and assisting students in academic accomplishments. A video that she created with another faculty member was played before the Board, showcasing the achievements of the students and staff of the CTE program at the Grayson County High School.
Afterwards, several students were presented with accomplishment awards in their respective fields. Students Nate Saltsman and Sarah Young were awarded for their dedication to the carpentry field, Dustin Woosley and Seth Frank in the welding industry, Kalvin Hawkins and Lili Legawiec in the automotive industry, and Dustin Felts and Kelly Hibbard for their work in the computer manufacturing and machining sector.
Next, students were presented with awards for their “outstanding achievement while an integral part of our marketing program,” presented by Smith. Students receiving awards included Chris Pearl, Nicholas Reams, Shelbi Pendergest, Blake Davis, Noah Cummings, Kevin Brackett, Dayton Blair, and Mekenzie Ballard.
After the awards were presented, Sheila Meredith, Instructional Supervisor, spoke briefly about the Gifted and Talented Program in Grayson County. She spoke of the accomplishments of the Gifted Program and commended Teresa Blain on her hard work with the program, who has served as the district’s Gifted and Talented Education coordinator for the past 12 years.
Lastly, before business took place, former students of Smith spoke words of praise about her and her 33 years of service with the Career and Technical Education industry. Smith is considering retiring at the end of this year, and her former students came forward with joy-filled stories, reminiscing of having her as a teacher and mentor, and also to present her with gifts of appreciation for all that she has done.
For the business meeting portion, the Board approved minutes from their meeting on Jan. 12, the Treasurer’s reports, and the report on salaries, bills & claims, and transfers.
For new business, the Board approved the following items in one motion:
- Approval of non-resident contracts with surrounding districts.
- Approval of the School Facilities Construction Commision’s FY 2017 2nd KETS offer of assistance in the amount of $27,026.
- Approval of the application procedures and guidelines for early entrance into kindergarten.
- Approval of the purchase of a Vulcan 60-gallon kettle quoted by Central Restaurant Products for $19,600.
- Approval to declare bus numbers 0304, 0353, 0354 and 0355 as surplus property.
- Approval for the resolution of the Board of Education authorizing the superintendent to act for and on behalf of the Board in connection with the sale of used school buses which have been declared surplus by the Board.
- Approval of the following trip requests from Grayson County High School:
- DECA organization’s trip to Louisville from March 5-7 to participate in the state competition held at the Galt House Hotel.
- FCS/FCCLA organization’s trip to Nashville, TN on Feb. 21 for a tour and to attend events to teach students about hospitality and tourism management, and for an open panel discussion.
- Approval of the following trip requests from the Grayson County Middle School:
- The All-District Band member’s trip to Campbellsville University on February 24-25 to attend the All-District Band rehearsals and concert.
- Grayson County Middle School Academic Team’s trip to the Galt House in Louisville on March 11-13 for the State Governor’s Cup competition.
- Approval for Grayson County Middle School to collect money for the American Heart Association on March 6-7.
- Approval of a shortened school day for a student at Grayson County Middle School.
- Approval for Clarkson Elementary School to write grants for transportation for arts-based field trips through the Kentucky Arts Council.
The next Grayson County School Board meeting will be held on March 9, 2017 at Wilkey Elementary School at 6:00.