Shelby County School Board: Weather forces change in Northside work

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District reviews goals at year’s midpoint

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education had a late addition to the agenda for Thursday’s meeting at the Area Technology Center.

The board, after approving a revised agenda, approved the expenditure of up $40,000 on wet soil removal and replacement at the site of the Northside Early Childhood Center project. The vote was taken before a change order was submitted, which is allowable, because of  the timeliness of the project. The change order will be submitted at the board’s next meeting.

The soil, which was already removed from the site and kept on hand to be used as fill, has gotten too wet during the winter, and cannot be used until it dries out.

Doug Boston, the district project manager, said there was no way to tell when the soil would be dry enough to use.

Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of operations, said that waiting for the soil to dry or approving the expenditure are the only options.

The cost, Superintendent James Neihof said, will be covered in part by the allowance set up for the project and, if more, by the project’s contingency, which is well more than $300,000.

“So we’re not appropriating any new funds,” he said.

He also noted that he does not believe that the cost of the new fill material and removing the wet soil will come close to the $40,000.

Board goals update

Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith gave the board an update on the district’s progress toward its 2012-13 board goals during the meeting, setting the stage for the board to begin to working on the 2013-14 board goals at its meeting March 28. The board goals are centered on the district’s 5 Main Things: Curriculum Alignment, Instructional Norms, Professional Learning Communities, Intervention and Enrichment.

Although many of the student-specific goals are dependent on end-of-the-year results, Smith noted that several of goals are being met, including some of those in curriculum alignment and professional development.

Some highlights are:

  • According to winter MAP data, the district has increased by 3 percent from the fall the number of students on grade level in math..
  • The number of students taking AP classes has increased.
  • End-of-the-year assessments have been written for all math and language arts units.
  • New teachers were provided four days of professional development, which included an introduction to Thinking Strategies.

Teddy Bear Clinic

Shelby County Area Technology Center Principal Susan Wiley and Health Science Instructor Sherry Allen led the board through Teddy Bear Clinic, which will have its second year at the school this year.

In the clinic, the Health Science students research positions they’re interested in pursuing after school and then welcome in elementary and some special needs students to show them that a trip to the doctor isn’t that scary.

“They bring their teddy bears, and we let them project the illness or ailment on the bear, and we treat the bear to show them there’s nothing to be scare of,” Allen said.

Wiley said this gives the students some real world application to their knowledge, while also helping others.

Also at the meeting, the board:

  • Approved new job descriptions for Reading and Math Proficiency Coordinator and Director of Preschool and job description revisions for Director of Administration and Personnel, Human Resources Coordinator and Student Services Director. The job description revisions for Computer Technician, I and II, were tabled for further revision.
  • Approved 2013-14 non-resident contracts for outgoing students to Scott County.
  • Approved waiving board policy to allow Schuman’s National Underclassman Football Combine to hold an event on April 7 at Collins High School.
  • Approved waiving board policy to allow Shelby County ROTC and East Middle to travel/compete on a Sunday.
  • Approved allowing Collins’ choir students and the East Middle’s sixth grade to use common carriers for a field trip.
  • Approved a resolution to authorize the Kentucky Interlocal School Transportation Association to obtain bids and sell used buses.
  • Approved renewing contracts for yearbooks, portraits and senior portraits for 2013-14.
  • Approved leave of absence requests.
  • Approved board-meeting minutes from the Feb. 28 meeting.