Nelson County
May 21, 2013 5:00 PM
Nelson County Regular
I. Call to Order
Board Chair

Pledge of Allegiance


I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

                     BOARD MISSION STATEMENT

The NELSON COUNTY BOARD of EDUCATION, representatives of our citizens
 and entrusted with their children,
 pledges to support the mission of the
by setting visionary direction through effective policy, oversight
 and efficient resource management.



II. Changes to the Agenda
III. Student/Employee Performance
Supt. Orr
IV. Student/Employee Recognition
Supt. Orr

Nelson County Schools

“Good News”

May 2013

Old Kentucky Home Middle School had seven students who took the ACT.  Five qualified from state recognition with a score of 19 or higher. Those five students are Ellen Hutchins, Ethan Lamar, Janet Newton, Miles Newton, and Tanner Thompson. 

(1 scored 19, 3 scored 20 and 1 scored 21.)

We are so proud to announce that our AFJROTC unit received the Distinguished Unit with Merit Award -- this is the 8th year in a row for Distinguished Unit and out of those 8, the 3rd time we've received the "with Merit" distinction for Exceeding Standards on the Headquarters Evaluation.  

AFJROTC primarily looks at the goals set by students and the impact they have on cadets, the school and the community.  I know some have come to expect this level of performance, given our previous record, but each year, students have to make a unified commitment to the unit mission and its goals and put in a lot of effort to accomplish their goals, and more.  We are extremely proud of what these cadets have done to keep the corps strong and to serve their school and community.
The following students have been accepted to the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program:

  • Stephany Vittitow – Thomas Nelson
  • Emily Davis – Thomas Nelson
  • Maggie Downs – Thomas Nelson
  • Lori Allen – Nelson County
  • Kaylee Hall – Nelson County
  • Morgan Janes – Nelson County
  • Hunter Smith – Nelson County
  • Katrina Boone – Nelson County
  • Brendan Matthews – Nelson County

The following teachers are recognized for the Excellence in Teaching by Campbellsville University:

  • Tara Holbert – Boston
  • Marci Haydon – Old KY Home Middle
  • Michelle Gosser – Horizons

The following teachers were selected by CKSEC Outstanding Educators Award as a part of the District Behavior Team:

  • Tiffanie Clark
  • Chris Adams
  • Jeremy Hill
  • Nikki Burke

Finance Officer, Wanda Parker, received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award while attending the Kentucky Association for School Business Officials in May.


V. Operations Consent Agenda
Board Chair
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve consent items as presented passed with a motion by Mr. Damon Jackey and a second by Mr. Nicky Rapier.

V.A. Information: Personnel Actions

Employment :            Wade Crady                Archery Coach            TNHS
                                  Amy Durbin                FRYSC Inst Asst          Boston/New Haven
                                  Crystal Hellard            Bowling Coach            TNHS
                                  Sheila Karr                 Sub Bus Driver            District
                                  Carla McKay               Supt Adm Asst             District
                                  Mary Moore                SBDM Secretary           TNHS
                                  Jarrett Rummage        Sub Bus Driver             District

Transfers:                 Lee Ann Lewis from 21st Century Coordinator to Teacher at BMS

                                 Ruby Osbun from CO Secretary to Foster Heights Secretary

Reinstatements:       None

Positions Added:       None  

Classified Subs:        Nick Hartsell

Certified Substitute Teachers:  Seth Hall, Anne Thomas, Shannon Laswell, Janelle Miller, Meghan Goode, Christena Spratt, Sharon Breedon, and Diane Leathers

Emergency Certifications:    None

Student Workers:      Brandon Shakel

Non-Renewals:          None  

Resignations:            Philip Nevitt               Substitute                  District
                                  Tia Smith                  Teacher                      New Haven                         
                                  KaBrenda Warfield     Substitute                   District
                                  Alfred Wimsett           Girls BB Coach            New Haven

Retirements:             Johnny Ray Ball          Maintenance                District
                                  Don Bradley               Teacher                       NCHS
                                  Clara Fulkerson           Instructional Coach      District
                                  Judy Heath                 Instructional Asst         NCELC                                    
                                  John Peterson             Teacher                       NCHS
                                  Peggy Schlesinger       Speech Pathologist       District
                                  Margaret Wheeler        Instructional Coach      District

Suspensions/Reprimands/Terminations:    None


V.B. Leaves of Absence

Leaves of Absence

V.C. Tenure/Continuing Contract 2013-2014

The certified employees listed below have fulfilled the requirements to be placed on a continuing contract with the Nelson County School System.

Tara Holbert                 Boston
James Beavers              Bloomfield Middle
Ann Hill Thomas            Foster Heights
Sara Beth Wright           Foster Heights
Jill Howell                     Foster Heights
Mollie Medley                Foster Heights
Matt Hicks                    Nelson County High
Robin McCoy                 Nelson County High
Lee Goss                      Nelson County High
Lisa Ingram                  Nelson County Early Learning Center
Marla Bryant                Old KY Home Middle
Robin Handloser           Thomas Nelson High
Pam Harlow                 District
Stephanie Koontz         District

V.D. Treasurer's Report

Treasurer's Report 5-21-13

V.E. Bills and Claims
V.F. MUNIS Report
V.G. Minutes from Previous Meeting

Regular Board Minutes 4/23/13
Work Session Minutes 5/2/13

V.H. Overnight/Out-of-State Trips

David Coffing, a certified staff, to take one student to the ISTE Conference in San Antonio, TX from June 22, 2013 to June 29, 2013.  This student will be an engineer for the conference.

Susan Locke, teacher at New Haven, along with 5 other adults to take 60 students to Holiday World on Saturday, May 18, 2013 for Science-Human interactions with the enviroment.  Students will be able to explain how human interactions have an unintended impact with the environment.

Coach Scifres and Harman to take NCHS JV/V Team to Morehead State University for Team Camp on July 11-13.

Coach Scifres and Harman to take NCHS Varsity team to Boyle Co. Varsity Volleyball Tournament on Centre College Campus on August 23-24.

Coach Scifres and Harman to take NCHS Varsity team to Bath County High School for Bath County Varsity Tournament on September 20-21.

Coach Scifres and Harman to take NCHS Varsity team to Paducah Convention Center for Lone Oak Varsity Tournament on October 4-5.

V.I. Educational Enhancement Opportunity Request

A student has requested to attend the Louisiana Beta Conference.  All five Kentucky State Officers have been invited and this trip will be paid for by Kentucky Beta.  The Beta Club promotes academic achievement, the development of leadership and community service.

VI. Student Support Services
Board Chair
VI.A. Construction Update
VI.A.1. Final pay application for TNHS Phase 2
Todd Sanders

The following vendor has completed all contractual obligations for the bid packages listed and have applied for final payment. All work has been inspected by architects, construction manager, and owners and found acceptable.

BP#42 Electrical, Alternative Electric             $23,564.60


Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve the final pay application for TNHS Phase 2 passed with a motion by Mr. Nicky Rapier and a second by Mr. Frank Hall.

VI.B. Tentative Budget for 2013-2014
Tim Hockensmith

Approval of the attached tentative budget for 2013-2014

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Approval of the attached tentative budget for 2013-2014 passed with a motion by Mr. Nicky Rapier and a second by Mrs. Diane Berry.

VI.C. Head Start Memorandum of Agreement
Cheryl Pile

It is recommended that the Board approves the proposed Memorandum of Agreement for Special Education Services between Nelson County Schools and Central Kentucky Head Start.  The purpose of the agreement is to ensure Nelson County Schools and Central Kentucky Head Start work as a team in their shared responsibilities as defined by federal and state laws.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve Head Start Memorandum of Agreement. passed with a motion by Mr. Damon Jackey and a second by Mr. Frank Hall.

VI.D. Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline, 2013-2014
Sara Wilson

Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline, 2013-2014

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  To approve Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline, 2013-2014 passed with a motion by Mr. Nicky Rapier and a second by Mrs. Diane Berry.

VII. Student Instructional Services
Board Chair
Tim Beck/Stephanie Koontz

The five day test window for the K-Prep (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress) Assessment began on May 15  and ended on May 21, 2013.  All schools will have the opportunity for students to make up assessments  due to absences.  Make-up sessions can be done during the 5-day window or during the 4 days after the window ends while test materials are prepared for shipping.  There have been days when schools experienced 100% attendance and overall our attendance has been strong during the testing window. 

Our building assessment coordinators have done well to train proctors, distribute materials, and monitor the testing process.  We are now nearing the time when all test materials will be collected and inventoried for shipping. 

The EOC (end of course) testing is also drawing to a close.  EOC testing is only required for English I, Biology, and Alg. I.  The constructed response portion of the EOC was administered in late April.  These constructed responses will count 2% toward the student’s final exam grade.  Schools are either in the process or done with the scoring of those written responses.

The multiple choice portion of the EOC completed this week will be sent off for scoring.  Because of the changes incurred by technical issues, our scores will not return until June; as a result, teachers will be giving a final exam that will count toward 12% of the student’s  final exam grade.  Following this revised structure, we are still in compliance with the Kentucky Department of Education expectations for EOC and the use of an EOC constructed responses as a part of the final assessment.

With all the uncertainty, changes, and challenges along the way, Nelson County assessment coordinators, teacher proctors, school administration, and school staff are to be commended for their flexibility and diligence to protect the integrity of these assessments and support the premise of assessment for instruction.

VII.B. Monsanto Grant
Tom Dekle

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education (AFGRE) grant program is an initiative to strengthen math and science education in rural areas. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program allows farmers to nominate a public school district to compete for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. The program was piloted in Illinois and Minnesota in 2011 and was successful enough that Monsanto decided to roll the program out nationally this year in eligible USDA Crop Reporting Districts (CRD). Nelson is one of 30 eligible counties in Kentucky. To participate, an eligible school district must first be nominated by an eligible farmer, after which the application process may begin. We have been nominated and the application process has begun. One $10,000 grant will be awarded to a school district in each of Kentucky’s 4 eligible CRDs. One $25,000 grant will be awarded to one school district in each eligible state or region, for states with fewer than 75 elibible counties. Kentucky will compete in in the mid-south region, which includes 4 states (Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky). There are 39 elibible states. No matching funds are required. An application can be submitted for either amount, but not both. Last year we applied for and received a grant for $10,000. We wish to apply for the same amount again this year.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Approval for Nelson County School District to apply for a America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education (AFGRE) grant in the amount of $10,000. passed with a motion by Mr. Frank Hall and a second by Mr. Damon Jackey.

VIII. Guest Comments
Board Chair

Guest Comment Policy
Any person wishing to address the Board may do so by following these rules:
Individuals representing themselves are limited to 3 minutes.
Individuals representing a group are limited to 5 minutes.
Please step up to the microphone, state your name and address, and, if you represent a group, state the name of the group you are representing.

IX. Adjourn Regular Session
Board Chair
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn the Regular Session of the Nelson County Board of Education passed with a motion by Mr. Nicky Rapier and a second by Mr. Frank Hall.

X. Convene Executive Session
XI. Adjourn Executive Session
XII. Reconvene Regular Session
XIII. Adjourn Regular Session