The McCreary County Board of Education began their year by meeting in regular session to deal with several routine matters. With Board Member Nelda Gilreath absent and Board Member Roxanne Shook voting “nay,” all other members of the Board successfully voted to reappoint Brandon Kidd as Board Chairperson and Debbie Gibson as Vice-Chairperson for the year of 2016. All members present voted to keep their regular meeting date on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Seating arrangement and voting order for members of the board also remain the same.
Board members discussed a draft budget for the 2016-2017 school year. Superintendent Michael Cash and District Finance Officers stated the District is looking at a possible loss of $200, 000 for the next school year due to a decline in enrollment. However, board members were reassured that cuts in staff are not anticipated if the loss in funding does occur. Superintendent Cash said the decline in student enrollment is being investigated to discover its cause. Cash stated not much can be done if families are moving to seek employment in other locations; however, he remarked the decline in enrollment can be addressed and resolved if it is due to dissatisfaction causing students to enroll in home school.
In other actions, the Board voted, pending state approval, to cancel school on March 8 due to the use of the schools as voting places during the wet/dry vote scheduled on that day.
The Board also approved application to Kentucky’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program for math/science after school programs at Pine Knot Primary, McCreary Middle School, and McCreary Central High School. Pine Knot Intermediate and Whitley City Elementary are not eligible for the grant.
The Board heard Phillip Hunt present insurance appraisal property values. According to Hunt, the District, with six properties appraised, is over insured. By adjusting the current insurance policy to reflect more accurate insurance coverage, Hunt stated the District could save $3,000 per year. The Board is expected to take action at its next regular meeting.
The Board approved several items relating to the completion of the High School Softball and Baseball Fieldhouses, baseball bleachers, and the Middle School Roof Replacement.
The next regular meeting of the McCreary County Board of Education is scheduled for February 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Office in Stearns.