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Casey County School Board adopts amended calendar

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By Larry Rowell

During an unusually long meeting on March 12 in which board members accepted Superintendent Linda Hatter’s announcement of her June 30 retirement, the school calendar was amended and set, with Friday, May 17 as students’ last day and graduation, and Friday, May 24 as the last day for teachers and staff.
However, Hatter said that the board had a called meeting last night (Tuesday) to amend it once again.
“Because the state track meet is on May 17, the board will discuss a new date,” Hatter said.
One scenario for board members to consider was setting Friday, May 17 as students last day with  graduation on Saturday, May 18, and the last day for teachers and staff on Friday, May 24, she said.
With The Casey County News going to press Tuesday afternoon, the decision made by the board will appear in next week’s edition.

In other business, the board:
—Heard Hatter say that Liberty Elementary and Walnut Hill Elementary shared the honors for the sixth month high attendance award at 94.14 percent. LES leads all schools for the school year with a 96.2 percentage rate. The district-wide rate stands at 93.57 for the sixth month and 95.21 for the year.
—Heard Hatter give an update on the Kentucky School Board Policy and Procedure update concerning the use of physical restraint and seclusion. The regulation, which went into effect Feb. 1, allows students to be physically restrained — preventing students from moving torso, arms, legs or head — or placed in a secluded area away from classmates only to protect them from hurting themselves or others. It also bans the use of physical restraint or seclusion as student punishment. Students can be restrained for intentionally destroying property. All Casey school staff will undergo training in these new regulations before the 2013-14 school year.
—Heard Deena Randolph, Director of District Wide Services, give the monthly financial report showing total cash at $9.5 million and the General Fund balance at $5.4 million.
—Received Hatter’s personnel report. Amanda Spinks was hired as a program assistant with the 21st Century program. At Casey County High School, Misty Roberts was hired as a custodian, Jonathan Vaughn as cross country coach/assistant track coach, and Ashley Shugars as an assistant softball coach.
At Casey County Middle School, Sarah Maynard was hired as assistant softball coach.

The following substitutes were also hired —  Nancy Davis and Glenn Pittman as bus drivers; Tracey Evans and Samuel Allen as janitors; Courtney McFarland as instructional assistant; Tara Weddle, John Price, and Patricia Buckingham as teachers and instructional assistants; Angelica Pittman and Melissa Griffith as teachers; and Brittney Stewart and Sadie Coffman as cooks and janitors.

The board also accepted the following resignations —  Pam Smith as a custodian, Kathy Rogers as a cook/baker, Dean Terry from CCMS as assistant baseball coach, and Amanda Spinks as assistant director of Kids Team.
—Heard Victor Black, Athletic Director at Casey County High School, give updates on the soccer and wrestling programs. Black said that a recent survey at CCHS revealed that 47 girls and 33 boys indicated they would like to play soccer next fall. Black said that the boy’s program failed this year. Coach Marshall Forbes had 13 players to start the year but after the first practice, he was unable to field a team despite making two recruiting trips to the elementary schools.
However, the girls’ program had 27 girls with seven seventh graders and the same number of eighth graders.

A March after-school meeting to gauge interest for high school wrestling yielded 34 boys. Black also outlined possible costs for the program including for start up items such as mats and uniforms.