Shelby County School Board: Student growth, teacher allocation get first look

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Northside, Southside updates also on agenda

By Todd Martin

At its meeting Feb. 14 the Shelby County Board of Education decided on budget cuts that could eliminate more than 25 positions.

However, Superintendent James Neihof noted after the meeting that growth in the district could mean that the number of personnel lost would not be that high.

At Thursday’s meeting the board will gets its first look at that projected student population, with a recommendation on school allocations and staffing guidelines from Director of Finance Greg Murphy.

Murphy’s report and subsequent recommendation to the board will take into account growth in the county, the number of students and where those students would go to school. With that, Murphy will then recommend staffing changes for each school.

On the second day of school this year, the district recorded 163 more students than in 2011-12, more than 40 percent more than it had projected.

That surprising growth left the schools scrambling to add teachers at the elementary level, where most of the growth occurred. Three elementary schools – Heritage, Painted Stone and Wright – had to add one full-time teacher after the school year had started, and several other schools had to add smaller percentages of positions, which can be used in several different ways.

New building project updates

Officials from K. Norman Berry Architects will be on hand at the meeting to give the board an update on both the Northside Early Childhood Center and the new Southside Elementary building.

The contractors have been working around the winter weather to clear the old Northside site on College and 8th streets, and they began some foundation work before the weather turned too cold. The project is scheduled to be finished by January 2014. The board will also consider the first change order for the Northside project.

For the Southside project, which is expected to be ready for the 2014-15 school year, the contractors have finished the new road, along the corridor of the former emergency-access route, to Kentucky Street, which was the first phase of the project.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

  • Hear a presentation from the Kentucky Beta Club president.
  • Recognize the district spelling bee winner.
  • Consider approval of J. Quintin Biagi, PSC, Architectural Firm for the East Middle roof project and approve the opening of the project.
  • Consider approval of the 2013-14 non-resident contract for outgoing students to Jefferson County.
  • Consider approval of waiving board policy to allow Collins and Shelby County high school students to attend the Kentucky United Nations Assembly on Sunday, March 17.
  • Consider approval to allow Clear Creek Elementary to apply for an ADK grant.
  • Enter into closed session for the mid-year formative evaluation for Neihof.