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Shelby County School Board: State association offers lobbying day for funding

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By Todd Martin

As the state embarks on another budget cycle with education funding becoming a highly discussed issue, the state’s school boards are looking for a way to ensure the voices of local educators and community leaders are heard in Frankfort.

At Thursday’s board of education meeting at the district's offices, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyville, the administration and board will discuss registration in the Kids First in Frankfort, a lobbying session on Feb. 19-20. The session is designed for local education and community leaders to speak on the importance of educational funding.

The topic has been discussed several times at school board meetings throughout the past several months, with Superintendent James Neihof sharing information from Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Terry Holiday.

Holiday has stated that the state needs to return to its 2009 funding levels, reinstate funding for professional development and textbooks and other items to help school districts meet the needs of their students.

The board approved adopting a resolution in support of the legislature funding Unbridled Learning last month.

State championship rings

The board will hear a request for a one-time student payment that would cover a portion of the cost of state championship rings for the Collins football team.

Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said that the school’s booster club has made a request to raise the funds for the rings along with a small payment from each player.

“Anytime a student payment is required, it needs board approval,” Allan said.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

  • Elect a chair and vice-chair for the board and officers for the district finance corporation.
  • Set the schedule for the year’s board meetings. For the past several years, the majority of the board’s meetings have been on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.
  • Consider approval for Shelby County High School students to use a common carrier for a field trip on Feb. 3-6.
  • Consider approval for 2014-15 non-resident contracts for outgoing students to Frankfort Independent Schools.
  • Consider approval of declaring items surplus and authorizing the superintendent to sell them.