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November 18, 2017


Local Facilities Planning Committee To Hold First Meeting DEC. 5

Earlier this week, Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt, Commissioner of Education, released the 2017 Kentucky Facilities Inventory and Classification System (KFICS) Phase I Report. Of the school facilities that were evaluated, Louisa West Elementary ranked as the 33rd “most needy” school facility when compared to the other schools that were evaluated throughout the state. In comparison, the Louisa West facility ranked in the bottom 100 out of 465 evaluated schools in 2011.

Louisa West Elementary school Louisa West Elementary school

The new KFICS process was implemented by the Kentucky Department of Education under HB 303 (2016) and includes the assessment of one school facility from each of 169 school districts throughout Kentucky. As stated in the report, “While the KFICS Phase I Report contains poor condition permanent buildings, there may be other district transitional facilities (in the state) in worse condition, in need of replacement and not included in the list.” Phase II of the process will be expanded to include all Kentucky school buildings.

Every four years, each Kentucky school system is required to submit a school facilities plan, and the LC Schools plan is due in 2018. Using the processes outlined by KDE, the Lawrence County Board of Education and Superintendent Fletcher has assembled 20 local planning committee members to make recommendations to the Board of Education. Members of the committee include teachers, community members, and administrators that represent the Blaine, Fallsburg, and Louisa areas. The KFICS report will be used as a source of information to help decide the next steps for facilities planning in Lawrence County.

If you are interested in having input, the Lawrence County Local Facilities Planning Committee will have an orientation meeting on December 5 at 6 PM at the Lawrence County High School Library and will be followed by a public forum at 7:15 PM. The public forum will be an informal gathering to obtain public opinion regarding future district facility priorities.


November 17, 2017

 November 20, 2017; 6:00 p.m.

Lawrence County High School

Louisa, Kentucky




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3.A. Louisa Middle School Girls' Basketball: 7th/8th Grade Season/Tournament


4.A. Superintendent’s Update

4.A.1. Lawrence County in top tier of anti-bullying pledge participants

4.A.2. LCHS Choir Christmas Concert: December 14

4.A.3. Zip Zone Classic Schedule

4.A.4. Facilities planning orientation meeting: December 5th, 6 p.m., LCHS library

4.A.5. Boys' soccer program progress

4.A.6. LCHS SBDM Council election 

4.A.7. Food Service procurement review underway

4.A.8. LC PETLL/ACT Problem of Practice presented at the EXPO (KVEC)

4.A.9. LCHS FireCast episode

4.A.10. Fallsburg and Louisa East to participate in "Hour of Code"

4.A.11. Potential for a bus grant

4.B. Public Comment


5.A. Approve Minutes of the October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting and November 1, 2017 Special Meeting

5.B.  Approve Claims and Orders of the Treasurer

5.C. Approve the Monthly Financial Report: Finance Officer Brandi VanHoose

5.C.1. Bank Reconciliation Report

5.C.2. MUNIS Balance Sheet and Monthly Financial Report

5.C.3. Finance Update


5.D. Approve Consent Agenda items:

5.D.1. Per diem and expenses for members present

5.D.2. Contracts & Services:

5.D.2.a. Randy Lawson services to prep and recoat Lawrence County High School gym floor for $500 and Louisa Middle gym floor for $350

5.D.2.b. Copier Service Agreement with Superior Office Service for Adult Learning Center: Canon IR7095 SN# SHX14314; 11-3-17 to 11-3-18; $1,100

5.D.2.c. Superior Office Service Equipment Lease Agreement with Louisa West Elementary; August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2021; 48 month lease; 2 Ea – Canon ADV6200’s (55 CPM or better); Lease amount: $146.00 a month; B&W Charge $250 a month, 500K Copies included

5.D.2.d. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Lawrence County Schools and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) sponsored by Morehead State University

5.D.2.e. 2018-2019 Nonresident Pupil Contracts from Boyd County School District and Morgan County School District

5.D.2.f. Morehead State University piano professor services with Lawrence County High School for choir music performance

5.D.3. Requests:

5.D.3.a. Fundraisers:                                                                                                    5.D.3.a.1. Lawrence County High School

5.D.3.a.2. Louisa Middle School

5.D.3.b. Trip Requests:

5.D.3.b.1. Out-of-State: LCHS Band to the Performance in the Park exhibition at King’s Island Amusement Park, Mason, Ohio; Friday, May 18, 2018; Scott Smith, Band Director

5.D.3.b.2. Out-of-State: LEES Safety Patrol to Washington, D.C. April 25-29, 2018; Sherita Akers

5.D.3.c. Use of Facilities:

5.D.3.c.1. Fallsburg Elementary gym by LC Select Basketball for 17-18 school year; Greg Woods; insurance provided

5.D.4. For Review/FYI: (no action required)

5.D.4.a. School Activity Fund Reports: October

5.D.4.b. SBDM/Advisory Council Minutes (LCHS, BES, LMS, LWES)

5.D.4.c. Monthly Energy Report from Terry Salyer, Energy Manager

5.D.4.d. Grants awarded: 2017-18 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grants to Blaine Elementary and Louisa East Elementary School from Cindy Hay

5.D.4.e. 2017-2018 Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Process-Timeline & Responsibilities from Vernon Hall

5.E. Discussion of “City-Schools Cultural Event Proposal”: Scott Osborn

5.F. Discussion of the Kentucky Facilities Inventory and Classification Systems (KFICS) Phase 1 Report - Louisa West ranks 33rd in terms of need / Facilities Planning process next steps

5.G. Discussion/Media Release of 2016-2017 District School Report Card Summary

5.H. Drug Prevention Curriculum Update

5.I. Approve Second Reading of revision to Policy 08.113 Graduation Requirements

5.J. Consider/award bid for snow removal on school property

5.K. Approve permission to apply for a bus grant

5.L. New Business


6.A. Approve creation, abolishment, and/or changes regarding positions for 2017-18

6.B. Approve declaration that a qualified teacher is not available for the position of Biology Teacher at Lawrence County High School

6.C. Superintendent Professional Growth and Evaluation System (SPGES) Update:

        Robbie L. Fletcher, EdD

6.C.1. Discuss 2017-2018 Growth Plan

6.C.2. Midyear Review using SPGES Rubric

6.C.3. Discuss process for superintendent contract negotiations

6.D. Approve to acknowledge receipt of Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update



Date: 11-13-2017

 Kentucky’s first charter schools are expected to open in the 2018-2019 school year after efforts by GOP legislators and Gov. Matt Bevin became a reality earlier this year. Kentucky’s first charter schools are expected to open in the 2018-2019 school year after efforts by GOP legislators and Gov. Matt Bevin became a reality earlier this year.

This month, state officials are asking citizens to review and make suggestions on the proposed regulations for charter schools that will open in Kentucky for the first time.

Written comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted through Nov. 30. The proposed regulations on how charter schools would be opened and closed and operated can be found at

Among many details, the regulations address student applications and enrollment, and how a traditional public school can be converted to a charter school; and the financial solvency of a charter school, the duties of the board of directors and the school’s appeal process. The regulations clarify that a charter school can not be a for-profit organization or one that is organized for religious purposes.

Public charter school officials will enter into a charter, or contract, with a local public school board or the Lexington or Louisville mayor’s office. They will have to follow the same health, safety, civil rights, and disability rights requirements as all public schools.

A public hearing on the proposed administrative regulations will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 21, at the Kentucky Department of Education headquarters, 300 Sower Blvd, Room 116, Frankfort. People interested in speaking must notify the Kentucky Department of Education in writing by 5 workdays prior to the hearing.

People can send written notification that they want to be heard at the public hearing or send written comments on the proposed administrative regulation to Kevin C. Brown, Associate Commissioner and General Counsel, Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Blvd, 5th Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

After the public comment period has ended, the Kentucky Board of Education can make changes to the regulations based on the public’s suggestions. Once the regulations are finalized by Kentucky Board of Education they will be reviewed by the legislature’s Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee. Also, the education committees in both chambers of the General Assembly will have 30 days to review them, Earl Simms, director of charter schools for the Kentucky Department of Education, said Thursday.

When regulations are in place in early 2018, groups who want to open charter schools can submit applications to local school boards or the mayor’s offices of Lexington and Louisville. Denials of applications can be appealed to the state board of education.

Kentucky’s first charter schools are expected to open in the 2018-2019 school year.

Groups considering opening charter schools in Kentucky have been quiet so far. But at public meetings, officials from the Model Laboratory School at Eastern Kentucky University at Richmond have discussed the possibility of converting the preschool through 12th grade semi-private school into a charter school. At this point, officials have announced no firm plans.


By Valarie Honeycutt Spears
Lexington Herald-Leader