Elizabethtown Independent
January 19, 2021 6:00 PM
Regular Board Meeting

The January 19, 2021 Regular Board Meeting is Called to Order


Pursuant to EIS Board Policy 01.45 Board Meeting Agenda, as part of the official agenda for each regular board meeting, the Superintendent shall prepare a consent agenda of routine business items.  Prior to the approval of the agenda, the members of the board may request to "pull" any item from the consent agenda and place the item on the action agenda for further discussion and review.

III.A. Recognition of Members of the Elizabethtown Board of Education (School Board Member Recognition and Mayor's Proclamation)

The month of January is School Board Member Appreciation Month.

Mr. Jeff Gregory, Mayor of the City of Elizabethtown has proclaimed the month of January, 2020 as School Board Member Recognition Month for the month of January, 2021


Honoring the members of the

Elizabethtown Board of Education

during School Board Recognition Month

January 2021



WHEREAS our community values a quality education as a vital step along the pathway to success for our children; and

WHEREAS Paul Godfrey, Kimbley Iman, Guy Wallace and Matt Wyatt contribute greatly to this community through their service on the Elizabethtown Board of Education; and

WHEREAS these decision-makers are responsible for maintaining strong, effective budgetary oversight, high standards for employment and a safe, well-managed set of school facilities; and

WHEREAS these board members are serving our community with integrity, honor and a commitment to our children’s futures; and

WHEREAS January 2021 marks Kentucky's observation of their contributions through School Board Recognition Month;

THEREFORE, I, Jeff Gregory, Mayor of the City of Elizabethtown,  do hereby proclaim the month of January 2021 throughout this community as School Board Recognition Month and urge all citizens to honor Paul Godfrey, Kimbley Iman, Guy Wallace and Matt Wyatt for their service.





January 19,  2021





III.B. Students of the Month


The EHS student of the month for January is Annastin Carter. Anna is a senior at EHS who is an exceptional student and athlete. Anna describes herself as charismatic, hardworking and family oriented. Anna, regionally ranked as the #2 soccer player in 2020, has played on the team for four years. Anna has served four years on Student Council, Pep Club, and served two years as Class Officer. Anna loves to travel, spend quality time with her family and do anything soccer related. Anna joined the Racing Louisville Soccer Club in 2020, which brought her great joy. Some of Anna’s honors and awards include: Freshman “Newcomer of the Year,” All District Tournament Team 2019, All Region Tournament Team 2019 and 2020, All State 2020, and All Area Offensive player of the year for 2020. After high school, Anna plans to attend Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN where she will play NCAA Division 2 soccer and major in Business Finance.

Here are some comments from her teachers: 

Mr. Black (Soccer Coach) - “I am delighted to have the opportunity to write a few words about our Student of the Month.   As her High school soccer coach and Geometry teacher, I have been able to see Anna Grace Carter grow as a young lady for six years as a player/teammate.  She is the Captain of our 2020 soccer team and always leads by example.  She was the hardest working player on the field every practice and every game.  This also translates into the classroom. It translates as who she is. There is no let down in this young lady.

She is honest, loyal, enthusiastic, responsible, and possesses that strong work ethic.  Her desire and drive are the attributes that make her stand out above others.   As displayed by her actions on and off the field of play, she always wants to better herself and therefore sets high standards and then goes to work to achieve those goals.  Anna Grace is motivated and has always risen to the challenge when the situation becomes more difficult.  She also sets herself apart from her peers with her ability to rise up in tough situations.  She has an incredible drive to succeed when the challenge is increased.

Anna Grace is a “Go Getter” and makes good moral choices as she is true to her core values.  She is confident in her decisions and has a strong will to make those decisions become a part of goals she sets and achieves.  She has tremendous Panther Pride and is a great representative for Student of the month.  She develops relationships with all types of people and demonstrates compassion towards others.  In all aspects of life, Anna Grace Carter is the ideal student that reflects all the values of a student that reflects our Panther Pride!”

Mr. Ernst (AP English Lit.) - “Anna Grace is an excellent student and young person. She is good natured and responsible, and she's willing to work hard to reach her goals. I'm glad to have her in class.”

Mr. Spears (Digital Lit.) – “Anna Grace has been a superb student. She turns her work in on time, asks questions when she needs help, and is overall a joy to have in class.”


T.K. STONE MIDDLE SCHOOL                                  WILL  LYNCH

Will is an 8th grade honor roll student who is a standout in football and baseball.  He is on the Honor roll and very talented in social studies.  In his spare time Will is active at First Christian Church, enjoys going to the lake to fish, and playing video games with his buddies.

The following teachers had this to say about Will:


Will Lynch is a bright and cheerful young man.  He always is smiling and making the people around him smile.  He is a hard worker and tries his best when it comes to his school work.  He is a good listener and helps those around him when they need it.  I am glad to be able to teach Will this year!


I’m glad to have Will in ELS-Honors class this year.  He is a respectful student, punctual to class, consistent in attendance, and he continues to maintain a  respectable grade even in these crazy times.  Congratulations, Will!


I have enjoyed having Will in class for the past 2 and a half years.  He’s got a great sense of humor and is respectful and polite.  Will has been an important part of the TKS football team and he is also an avid fisherman.  On top of all of that, he’s an excellent student.  I would take a class full of Will Lynch’s anytime!  I love this kid!

Best of luck to Will when he attends EHS next year.  Congratulations to Will Lynch, TKS January Student of the Month.


Our Student of the Month for 5th grade is an outstanding student who has grown so much academically and in terms of responsibility.  Pedro has been a standout student all year for our 5th grade teachers.  Each teacher would like to share something about his performance in the classroom.

Mrs. Wardrip:  I have the honor of being Pedro’s homeroom and Social Studies teacher.  Pedro has demomonstrated grit and perseverance in both hybrid and virtual setting.  I am so proud of how responsible and hardworking he is.  He has an amazing work ethic and it shows in every assignment/activity he completes.  Pedro continues to impress us with every interaction.  I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for him.

Mrs. Key:  This is my first year teaching Pedro and I am so impressed with his work ethic!  He is on every single meet every day, he always completes his work in a timely manner and it is always high quality work.  He has really opened up during our meets by participating and answering questions.  He is a sweet, hard working boy, and we all care about him so much and know that he will be successful in his future.

Mrs. Hayes:  I had the pleasure of being Pedro’s teacher in 3rd grade and now his Writing/Science teacher.  I am SO proud of his growth and progress.  He is always responsible on our Google Meets!  He listens, participates and completes his work on time.  He puts forth so much great effort and we have seen him grow exponentially over the last few years.  I know he has a bright future ahead!

Mr. Thompson:   I’m beyond proud of Pedro and all of his hard work and accomplishments so far this school year.  I have had the privilege of being Pedro’s math teacher both this year and last year and I have seen an amazing amount of growth from this young man.  Pedro has definitely risen to the challenge of virtual learning this year.  He is always on time for h is Google Meets and he is always

On time turning in his assignments.  His responsibility and determination will take far in life.  The entire 5th grade team quickly came to a consensus on Pedro as our student of the month.  We are so happy to have him be our district representative and we look forward to what this young man does in the future.  With the amount of determination and dedication to his education, he will go far in whatever he chooses to do.  Congratulations Pedro!  We, and especially me, Mr. Thompson are very proud of you!

Mrs. Jackson:  Pedro holds a special place in my heart!  We have been working together since first grade and it has been a privilege to watch him grow into the mature, responsible fifth grade student that he has become.  When we were forced into NTI in the Spring, Pedro immediately became a self-advocate for his own education and put forth great effort.  Pedro makes school a priority and we are proud of him for that decision each day!  Pedro is not only an outstanding student, but also a kind friend to his peers and teachers.  Keep making my teacher’s heart beam with pride, Pedro!  You are loved.

Mrs. Parker:  I’m so proud of Pedro!!  I’ve known him now for two years, and he keeps on surprising me!  I’m so proud of him and how he has jumped into NTI and his perseverance has been exceptional!!  I look forward to hearing all the great things that he will be doing his future!


Cruze Boyd is an amazing student!  This year he is an all virtual student to help keep his family safe due to COVID.  He is always on our meets and willing to help others.  He is enthusiastic with his learning and works hard each day to be a successful student.  His manners are impeccable and his compassion for others impresses me each and every day.  Cruz is always willing to try new things, he strives for excellence in each subject area.

I love spending time in class with Cruz.  He is always willing to put forth his best efforts on any day.


Briella Shine is our January Student of the Month.  Briella is such a sweet, kind and hardworking student.  No matter if we are Hybrid or panther online learning.  Briella greets her teachers and friends each morning and afternoon with a smile.  Briella is polite and treats her friends with respect.  Briella won our Panther Paw Character award in August for showing respect!  Briella always treats others with kindness and is a friend to all other students.

Briella is always eager to learn!  She is always on task and tries her best on any activity given.  She actively participates in class and does a nice job on her work.  I can always count on Briella to do the right thing whether I am watching or not.  It has been a true pleasure to have Briella in my class, and I am more than proud to have her as our January Student of the Month.

III.C. Recognition of All State Band

EHS students Jacob Bitz and Luke Lehmuller made All State band.

Congratulations Jacob and Luke!!

III.D. Recognition of EHS Football Team - KHSAA State Runners-Up

Congratulations to the EHS Football Team - KHSAA State Runners-Up

V.A. Acknowledge Receipt of the SBDM Written Reports

Attached are the January SBDM Written Reports from Elizabethtown High School, T.K.Stone Middle School, Morningside Elementary, Helmwood Heights Elementary and Panther Academy for your review.

V.B. Approve Board Meeting Minutes

Attached are the minutes from the December 14, 2020 Regular Board Meeting.

V.C. Approve the Regular Meeting Dates of the Elizabethtown Board of Education for 2021 and January 2022

Board Policy 01.42 requires the Board of Education to adopt a schedule of regular meetings for the calendar year, identifying the date, time and place of each meeting.  The following dates are scheduled meeting dates for February 2021 thru January 2022:

February 16, 2021 (Tuesday)

March 15, 2021

April 19, 2021

May 17, 2021

June 21, 2021

July 19, 2021

August 16, 2021

September 20, 2021

October 18, 2021

November 15, 2021

December 13, 2021 (2nd Monday)

January 1, 2022 (Tuesday)

V.D. Approve Application for Emergency Teacher Certification

Mrs. Michelle Motley is requesting approval for an Emergency Teaching Certification.

A posting to attract and employ a part-time certified teacher was placed on the Kentucky Employment Placement Service (KEPS) and on the district's application software (TalentEd), and on vacancy announcements throughout the district.  The best candidate for the ESS Interventionist position has over 27years teaching experience, but their teaching certificate has expired.  With board approval, the district can employ this teacher on am emergency certificate until the close of the 2020-2021 school year.

V.E. Approve Hardship Application for Early Graduation

EIS board policy 98.1132 states "Students who experience extreme health or economic hardship may apply for assistance with graduation requirements for hardship reasons". Attached is a Hardship Application for Early Graduation requesting approval for early graduation. This students meets all of the requirements for early graduation. Mrs. Bush has reviewed this application and is recommending board approval.

V.F. Approve BG-5 for the EHS Field House Project

Attached is the BG5 for the EHS Softball Fieldhouse Construction Project Closeout for approval.

V.G. Approve the Treasurer's Monthly Financial Report and Payment of Bills and Claims (Those Paid Since Last Meeting for December, 2020)
V.H. Report by Superintendent on Personnel Items
VII.A. Overview of the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan

Mrs. Jessica Turner, Instruction and Curriculum Supervisor, will give an overview of the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan

VIII.A. Approve the District Improvement Plan

Approval of the District Improvement Plan

VIII.B. Approve the 2021-2022 School Calendar

Mr. Steve Smallwood, Assistant Superintendent for Student and Support Services, discussed the 2021-2022 school calendar options.

The calendar committee met in November and drafted 3 calendar options for the 2021-2022 school year.  the EIS staff were given the chance to vote on three options.

The board must choose either Option 1,2 or 3 as the School Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

The results of the Survey:

133 staff members participated in the poll.

Option 3 received the most votes 70/52.69%

Option 2 received 35/26.3%

Option 1 received 28/21.1%

VIII.C. Accept/Review of the 2021-2022 Draft Budget

State law (KRS 160.470) requires that every local board of education receive a draft budget before January 31 for the upcoming school year.  The law's purpose is to assure that the board has sufficient information about projected receipts and expenditures for all funds in the entire budget as allocations for individual budget components are considered.

This information is to be taken under advisement and approve a motion that the Board has reviewed the projected revenue and expense for the 2021-2022 school year pursuant to KRS 160.470  Action on the school allocations should be taken at the regular board meeting in February.

Attached is a draft copy of the 2021-2022 budget and budget summary for your review.

IX.A. Consideration of Approval of School Board Member

The EIS Board of Education met in special session on Thursday, January 14, 2021 and will be presenting the name of the EIS School Board Member  for approval.

X.A. Call to Order

The January 19, 2021 District Finance Corporation Meeting is Called to Order.

X.B. Consideration of Approval of Appointment of President, Vice-President and Secretary

Finance Corporation Officers approved for 2021:

X.C. Approve Minutes of Meeting held on January 21, 2020

The last District Finance Corporation meeting was held on January 21, 2020.

Attached are the minutes from the meeting for review/approval.