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Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Board of Education Meeting Roundup

Fort Thomas Independent Schools office. FTM file. 
The Fort Thomas Board of Education met on Monday, November 14th, with all members present.  The meeting was called to order at 6:32 pm.

The Student Showcase this month featured students from Woodfill who presented on the "Leader in Me," in which they shared their workbooks and and explained the components of the program.  The presenters were: Charity Class and Gabriel Talbot (third grade), and fifth grader Campbell Smith.  The board thanked the children for their presentation and gave each of them of a "Rich in Tradition" t-shirt.

Jerry Wissman gave the Board an update on the current status of the HHS renovation project.  The contractor is continuing to complete the outstanding items, but no pay application was submitted.

Mr. Wissman also shared photos of the progress at Moyer and gave an update on that, as well.  Approval of Pay Application #12 in the amount of $783,357.48 to Morel Construction for the Moyer Elementary Renovation project passed with a motion by Mrs. Lisa Duckworth and a second by Mr. Jeff Beach.

Each year, the SFCC extends a KETS offer of assistance to school districts. This offer must be matched with local funds. The Board of Education must act upon this offer of assistance.  Approval to accept and match the KETS first offer of assistance in the amount of $24,784.00 passed with a motion by Mr. Jeff Beach and a second by Mr. John Weyer.

The “Every Student Succeeds Act” requires that boards have procedures addressing transportation of children in foster care in place by December 10, 2016.  Tentative approval based on a First Reading of Policy 06.32 - Eligibility for Transportation and Policy 09.121 - Entrance Age passed with a motion by Mrs. Lisa Duckworth and a second by Mrs. Karen Allen.

Boards of Education must annually approve ADA contracts, which allow districts to release to and accept state dollars from other districts when students attend a school in a district other than their school of residence.  Fort Thomas Independent School District has ADA contracts with the following school districts for the 2016-17 school year and should continue these contracts for the 2017-18 school year: 

Barren County
Beechwood Independent
Boone County
Covington Independent
Erlanger-Elsmere Independent
Grant County
Kenton County
Ludlow Independent
Southgate Independent  (grades 9-12 only)
Walton-Verona Independent

Specific student names will be added in the fall prior to the end of the second month when the Growth Factor Report is due at KDE. While the Fort Thomas Independent School District releases the ADA to other districts, many districts in Northern Kentucky will not release the ADA funding to us unless a student is the child of a district employee.  Approval of the exchange of ADA contracts with other Northern Kentucky districts and the Barren County School District for the 2017-18 school year passed with a motion by Mr. Jeff Beach and a second by Mr. John Weyer

Jon Stratton reviewed the process and results of the Brigance kindergarten screening, noting that we have 21% who were not prepared for kindergarten.

The Finance Committee met to review the 2015-16 Audit Report with the auditors from Barnes Dennig.  George Sparks, CPA with Barnes Dennig, gave an overview of the findings from the 2015-16 audit.  A detailed report was previously made to the Finance Committee.

With all Board members having had the opportunity to review and pursue any questions about all of the items contained therein, approval of the consent agenda passed with a motion by Mr. Bradley Fennell and a second by Mrs. Karen Allen.  

Retirement of the following Classified Employees
Patty Mueller - Instructional Assistant - JES
Peggy Johnson - Cafeteria Worker - MES

Employment of the following Classified Employees
Timothy Moynihan – Custodian – HHS
Malinda Berning – Custodian – HHS
Jack Nienaber – Special Ed Job Coach – HHS
Jennifer Lang – Cafeteria Worker – JES
Denise Hoskins – Custodian – WES

Employment of the following Extra Service Positions
Lisa Bowman – Grade Level Leader (K) – JES
Stephanie Perkins – Grade Level Leader (1) – JES
Amy Opitz – Grade Level Leader (2) – JES
Ann Snider – Grade Level Leader (3) – JES
Julie Bolling – Grade Level Leader (4) – JES
Josh Feldmann – Grade Level Leader (5) – JES

Employment of the following Certified Substitutes

Deena Beck
Reine Decker
Sarah Hamm
Elizabeth Urban

Board Chair Karen Allen adjourned the meeting at 7:34pm.

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