While attendance numbers appeared to be slightly down for the first day of the 2015-16 school year for Grayson County’s public schools, Superintendent Doug Robinson said that it has been “a great start to the school year.”
“I could brag so much on all the prep work the staff has done,” Robinson said, exhorting the staff at each of the schools as well as the board. He added that “the bus drivers are just phenomenal.”
Robinson told the School Board at Thursday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting that he was also excited to see a large number of students taking advantage of the free breakfasts offered to all students this year. “That’s a really good sign,” he said.
Board Chairperson Carolyn Thomason echoed Robinson’s sentiment, saying “opening day went really well, and I love the theme this year: Dream, Dare, and Just Do It!”
This month’s School Board business included the following:
– Director of Finance Kerry White gave a preliminary annual financial report. According to White, the unaudited numbers show the General Fund closing out the year at $6,485,511.
There were approximately $4,236,000 in expenditures last fiscal year including payments made by the state, and White said, “As it should be, the brunt of our money was spent from the general fund on instruction for our students.”
State auditors will be coming to work with White and the school system later this month and should wrap up their annual audit in September, with the final report being presented to the School Board in October.
– According to the school system’s attorney, David Vickery, there is an opportunity to save a large sum of money on insurance this year.
At Vickery’s explanation, the board voted to accept Liberty Mutual Insurance’s bid for insurance coverage at a cost of $278,319.75, which he called “a tremendous savings” over last year’s cost of $331,621.61 through a different company.
Vickery said that Kentucky law has several complicated insurance requirements, and there have traditionally not been many options for quotes which meet the guidelines, however this year he was pleased to receive three good quotes for coverage.
The recommended policy was accepted subject to review to be certain that it meets all state requirements.
– Revisions were made to the Student Discipline Code for the 2015-16 school year, according to Vickery, who said that legislative changes required multiple revisions, and a great effort was made to make the conduct code “as clear as possible.”
Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.