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Superintendent’s report

• Monday, Feb. 19, Presidents Day will be used as a make-up day for students and staff. 

• MCPS has a partnership between Campbellsville University, and more than 60 students (teachers in training) will be participating in classroom experiences helping students and teachers.

• Jessica Montgomery, Marion County High School Career and Technical Education teacher, received a grant to attend a leadership conference June 14-16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

• All Family Resource Youth Service Center directors are planning an event to address how parents can support positive social media.

• The Books for Babies program continues to provide free books to children in Marion County. Every child, birth to age five, receives a new book at their home every month. To date, 614 children have received books and 83 children have graduated from the program.

• Pre-school: On March 2, MCPS preschool teachers will attend a music training at Anderson Regional Training Center. Each teacher will receive $2,200 supplies for their music/art classroom.

• The Young Leaders Conference for fourth through eighth grade students will be held on Saturday, March 17.

• All third grade students in MCPS are visiting college campuses this school year.

 

Superintendent quoted in “Disrupting Poverty” book

Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser was recognized at Thursday’s Marion County Board of Education meeting for having her endorsement of the book, “Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices” included in the book’s opening pages. 

Two years ago, Schlosser attended a training with school board members and met one of the books author’s, Dr. William H. Parrett. She invited him to come and speak to the staff of Marion County Public Schools. Dr. Parrett began researching and interviewing Schlosser as he wrote his book, “Disrupting Poverty.”

While recognizing Schlosser during last week’s meeting, Tammy Newcome, MCPS chief academic officer, spoke about Schlosser’s lifelong dedication to education.

“If you spend much time with her, you will hear her say that education is the one thing that nobody can take away from you,” Newcome said. “She has such passion for ensuring that every student has a dream and that herself as superintendent and the leaders she surrounds herself with do, too. But have no doubt that just having a dream is not enough. She is relentless, and I mean relentless about us providing a guaranteed viable curriculum and the opportunities kids need to fulfill these dreams.”

The following is Schlosser’s endorsement that was printed in the book: “A book that will pull on your heart strings and remind you why you became an educator. A powerful read that provides practical steps in addressing the issues that poverty brings to our classrooms each day.”

 

In other matters, school board members:

• Approved to extend Superintendent Schlosser’s contract for one additional year.

• Approved Fiscal Year 2019 School SBDM staffing allocation guidelines. The board approved raising the student per teacher ratio by one student per class. In kindergarten through third grade, that means going from 22 students per class to 23 students, which is still below the state cap of 24. In fourth and fifth grade classrooms, that means going from 24 students per class to 25, which is still below the state cap of 28. In sixth through ninth grades, that means going from 24 students per class to 25, which is still below the state cap of 29. And, in 10th through 12th grades, that means going from 27 students per class to 28, which is still below the state cap of 31. 

• Approved an advertisement of request for proposal for HVAC services.

• Approved an advertisement of request for proposal for copier services. 

• Approved an advertisement of request for proposal for banking services.

• Approved of revised BG-5 for the West Marion Elementary School roof replacement project.

• Approved the 2018-19 Campbellsville University student teacher agreement.

• Voted to accept Communicare, Inc.’s donation of $2,500 for the student drug-testing program.

• Approved the Kentucky Innovation Lab Network Travel Fund grant for $2,500. 

• Approved the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council grant application for Lebanon Elementary School for $2,500.

 

Personnel actions

School board members acknowledged the following personnel actions:

Certified

• Appointment of Amy T. Mattingly as a homebound instructor for a student at Marion County Knight Academy, effective Jan. 4.

• Appointment of Tara Tatum as a homebound instructor for a student at Marion County High School, effective Jan. 22.

• Appointment of Rosalyn Howlett as a preschool teacher at Lebanon Elementary School, effective Feb. 6.

• Appointment of Emily Fenwick as an emergency certified substitute teacher, effective Jan. 22.

• Appointment of Amanda Rose Mattingly as a district emergency certified substitute teacher, effective Jan. 19.

• Appointment of Cathy Edelen as a certified extended school services daytime waiver instructor at West Marion Elementary School, effective Jan. 23.

• Appointment of Betty O’Daniel as a certified extended school services daytime waiver instructor at Lebanon Elementary School, effective Jan. 23.

• Appointment of Michelle Pierce as a certified extended school services instructor at Lebanon Elementary School, effective Jan. 23.

• Appointment of Kayla Milby as a certified extended school services instructor at Marion County High School, effective Jan. 30.

• Appointment of Greg Conley as a certified extended school services instructor at Marion County Knight Academy, effective Dec. 1, 2017.

• Appointment of Julie Hunt as a certified extended school services instructor at Marion County Middle School, effective Nov. 1, 2017.

 

Classified

• Acceptance of Danny Miles resignation as custodian at West Marion Elementary School, effective Jan. 26.

• Acceptance of Phillip Dunn’s resignation as custodian at Marion County High School, effective Feb. 1.

• Appointment of Billy Dye as a district bus driver, effective Jan. 22.

• Appointment of Billy Dye as a substitute custodian district wide, effective Feb. 6.

• Appointment of Kirsten Bickett as an instructional assistant at West Marion Elementary School, effective Jan. 24.

• Appointment of Alicia Farmer as a district bus driver, effective Jan. 24.

• Approval of an additional three hours per day for Lidiane Macedo at Marion County Middle School for a total of seven hours per day, effective Feb. 5.

• Appointment of Matthew Johns as assistant junior varsity baseball coach for Marion County High School, effective Jan. 18.

• Appointment of David Robinson as assistant freshmen baseball coach for Marion County High School, effective Jan. 18.

? Appointment of Jimmy Morgeson as a district middle school volleyball coach, effective Jan. 4.

• Appointment of Sterling Newton as a district middle school volleyball coach, effective Jan. 4.

• Appointment of Connie Shewmaker as a district substitute bus monitor, effective Dec. 14.

• Appointment of Regina Ewing as a district substitute bus monitor, effective Jan. 16.



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