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May 24, 2018

May BOE meeting honors tennis team; Supt. personnel decisions reported

LOUISA – The Lawrence County Board of Education met for their regular meeting on Monday evening at the Lawrence County High School library and recognized the regional champion LCHS Girls Tennis team, the LCHS Boys Tennis Team, and the top community volunteers for each school and for the district as a whole.

Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher lauded the 2018 tennis team, coached by Cindy Hay and Cassandra Webb, for continuing a tradition of winning that has existed in the program for decades. (SEE Lazer Sports for feature story on LC Boys and Girls Tennis.)

“If you look at it historically, this is one of our school’s most successful programs and they added to it again this year with a team championship for the girls and with participants for the boys who went on to compete successfully at the State Tournament,” Fletcher said before issuing certificates to team members.

Team members recognized for achievements were: Maci Pollock, Katelyn Pauley, Sheree Hay, Jessalyn Osborn, Adrian Webb, Eden Webb, Noah Fairchild, Brock Kessinger, SJ Lycans. Pollock and Eden Webb won the 15th Region Doubles title and competed in the State Tournament, Pauley was a 15th Region Semifinalist, state qualifier, and advanced to the second round of the State Tournament, Fairchild was a 15th Region Semifinalist, the doubles team of Kessinger and Lycans were 15th Region Semifinalists and won the first round of the State Tournament, the doubles team of Adrian Webb and Sheree Hay were 15th Region Quarterfinalists, Osborn was a 15th Region Quarterfinalist. Pollock was a third time state qualifier and Eden Webb marked her fifth time qualifying for state. That duo is back-to-back doubles champions.

Dr. Fletcher also awarded plaques to the top volunteers who served the schools during the 2017-18 school year. The volunteers logged nearly 7,000 hours assisting the schools and the top volunteers by school were:

Pam Hay (Louisa Middle School), Atasha Hughes (Louisa East), Shiloe Ham (Louisa West), Ginger Copley (LCHS), Marla Spillman (Fallsburg), Pam Maxie (Blaine), and Jennifer Boggs (Blaine). Maxie recorded 1,426 hours and Boggs logged 1,235.5 hours.

Fletcher noted the successful graduation ceremony at LCHS on May 18, highlighted by conferring diplomas on 166 graduates and a commencement speech by New York City model and LCHS graduate Jenna Kelly.

He also noted appreciation for local organizations and the colleges and universities that combined to award graduates over $250,000 in scholarship money.

Fletcher updated the board on his transition from chairman of Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative to membership on the executive committee of KVEC, gave an update on the LCHS field trip to the HAAS Facility in Paintsville and on the Local Facilities Planning Committee.

The board approved the tentative budget for 2018-19, approved various contracts and services and will meet again for their regularly scheduled June meeting on June 18 at 6:00 p.m. at LCHS.

 

Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update

May 21, 2018

Hiring

Grace Fitch - Cook/Baker (7hrs/day) at Lawrence County High School

Brenda Preston - Cook/Baker (4.5hrs/day) at Louisa West Elementary School

Change of Position

Karen Hay - From FMD Teacher at Louisa Middle School to FMD Teacher at Lawrence County High School

Rita Burchett - From Cook/Baker (7hrs/day) at Louisa East Elementary School to Food Service Manager at Louisa West Elementary School

Pamela Chaffin - From Cook/Baker (7hrs/day) at Lawrence County High School to Food Service Manager Fallsburg Elementary School

Rebecca Lemaster - From Cook/Baker (4.5hrs/day) at Louisa East Elementary School to Cook/Baker (7hrs/day) at Louisa East Elementary Schools

Lora Epling - From Cook/Baker (4.5hrs/day) at Lawrence County High School to Cook/Baker (7hrs/day) at Lawrence County High School

Tammy Porter - From Cook/Baker (4.5hrs/day) at Louisa West Elementary School to Cook/Baker (7hrs/day) at Fallsburg Elementary School

Non-Renewal of Classified Contract

Sherry Littleton - Adult Education: Academic Assistant

Resignations

Douglass Farrell - Teacher at Lawrence County High School (effective May 23, 2018)

Rebecca Green - Teacher at Lawrence County High School (effective May 23, 2018)

Tena Osborne - Food Service Manager at Blaine Elementary School

(CORRECTION: effective May 23, 2018)

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May 21, 2018

Re: Request to the Lawrence County Board of Education for Abolishment and Changes regarding Positions

Request the following positions be abolished effective June 30, 2018:

  • (1) FMD Teacher at Lawrence County High School
  • (1) Instructional Assistant (3.5 hrs/day; 177 days) at Lawrence County High School
  • (1) Part-Time Credit Recovery Teacher ($70/day; 45 days)

Request the following positions be changed effective July 1, 2018:

  • From (1) FMD Teacher at Louisa Middle School to (1) FMD Teacher at Lawrence County High School

 

May 24, 2018

INVITATION TO BID

The Lawrence Co. Board of Education will receive bids in the Office of the Superintendent at the Board of Education Building, 50 Bulldog Lane, Louisa, KY 41230 for depository, financial, and banking services. Bid specifications are available at the Superintendent’s office, 50 Bulldog Lane, Louisa, KY. The bids shall be sealed and properly marked. Bids will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2018. All bids properly submitted will be opened at this time at the Lawrence County Board of Education. Further information may be obtained from the Office of the Superintendent or by calling 606-638-9671. The Lawrence County Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all bids, or to accept any bid that may be deemed to be in the Board’s favor.

Brandi VanHoose
Lawrence County Schools
Finance Officer, CSFM
Phone: 638-9671
Fax: 638-0128

May 21, 2018

PRESTONSBURG, KY. – For many decades, Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) has provided pathways of promise and prosperity through higher education and career/technical education that has transformed lives and improved the communities we call home. We want to continue that promise.

A new movement, There is a Future, has begun in the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) network. As a proud SOAR partner, BSCTC supports the affirmation that “Appalachia Kentucky is on the move.” We feel our BSCTC graduates are part of this movement by using their education and skills to restructure the Appalachia economy and make an impact throughout the region.

Why is this campaign so important? It’s the construction of a new narrative for the region.

That narrative is this:

 

Appalachia Kentucky is not vulnerable. We are valuable.

Appalachia Kentucky is not hopeless. We are hopeful.

When others say there is no opportunity, you make opportunities.

When others say there is no hope, you show them hope.

When others say there is no future, you create it.

 

“BSCTC is proud to offer training and entrepreneurship opportunities to help grow our region,” said Dr. Sherry Zylka, President/CEO. “Our graduates will transform the area we call home with their education and skills. There is a future and they are going to help create it.”

BSCTC continues to bring quality educational opportunities and training to the region that help Appalachia compete and thrive in the global economy. Major construction of the state’s first Advanced Technology Center began early this year at the Pikeville Campus. Once complete, BSCTC will be able to offer a new Associate of Applied Science degree program with degree track options in Broadband Technician, Broadband Telecommunications Installer and Broadband Design and Applications. Certificates including Broadband Basic Installer, Broadband Support Technician, Broadband Telecommunications Installer, Broadband Cyber Security Technician and Broadband Technician Specialist will also be offered.

BSCTC is also on the forefront of technical training and entrepreneurial enterprises. As an example, BSCTC is currently training welders for SilverLiner, the newest company to announce a location in the area. SilverLiner will be manufacturing custom tanker trucks at their facility located in the Pikeville Industrial Park. BSCTC will also be able to provide skilled technical training for new businesses locating to the area.

 

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