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November 4, 2017

Restoration of council is result of school's progress...

LOUISA – Lawrence County High School, by virtue of being a school with proficient test scores and being out of the state’s “assistance” category for three years, will once again have a School Based Decision Making Council.

“We look forward to the reinstatement of the SBDM Council here at LCHS,” said Principal Christy Moore.

Dr. Rob Fletcher and LCHS principal Christy MooreDr. Rob Fletcher and LCHS principal Christy Moore

When the school was experiencing difficulties in years past, the Kentucky Department of Education dissolved its SBDM Council and assisted LCHS through a period of academic recovery. The school’s progress has culminated in the restoration of the typical Commonwealth of Kentucky method of school governance called a school based decision making council.

The council is made up of parent and teacher representatives and is responsible for making decisions on school policy within the greater framework of district policy, making recommendations for hiring for positions at the school, and for approving various school activities within the framework of policy.

So, how far has the school progressed toward returning to SBDM functioning?

“Currently, we have teacher and parent committees set up to begin the election process. We hope to have the members in place by the end of December,” Moore noted.

“Once the new members are elected, we will begin reviewing policies,” she said. “Hopefully everything will be up and running by the end of December.”

Moore said LCHS Youth Services Center Director Anne Preece is organizing the parent election for the school.

Lawrence County Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher was very enthusiastic about the resumption of SBDM processes at LCHS.

"Gaining the right for governance by a SBDMC is an academic victory for Mrs. Moore, students, and staff of Lawrence County High School.  Not only have they achieved the scores necessary for re-instatement, but they have sustained those improvements over time.  My congratulations to ALL involved.  Go Bulldogs!," Fletcher said.

 

October 31, 2017

Every Child College and Career Ready;

A Community Involved and Informed

 

November 1, 2017 6:00 p.m.

Lawrence County High School

Louisa, Kentucky

 

AGENDA

1. CALL TO ORDER

Mission:  Every Child College and Career Ready; A Community Involved and Informed

The Pledge to the United States Flag

2. EXECUTIVE SESSION

2.A. Approve to enter Executive Session for the purpose of Student Discipline/Expulsion Hearings pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(f)

2.B. Approve return to Open Session

3. COMMUNICATION

3.A. Superintendent’s Update

3.A.1. Pension reform update

4. STUDENT LEARNING AND SUPPORT SERVICES

4.A. Approve Consent Agenda items:

4.A.1. Per diem and expenses for members present

4.A.2. Contracts & Services:

4.A.2.a. Approve to amend and restate the current American Fidelity 403(b) Plan by adopting the new 403(b) Plan Document and to execute the new Administrative Services Agreement containing Board Attorney recommended modifications

4.A.2.b. Early Childhood Development Grant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Lawrence County CECC; October 20, 2017 to June 30, 2018: $8,000

4.A.3. Fundraiser Request: Louisa County High School

4.A.4. Use of Facilities: Lawrence County School for class for electrical re-training of miners by Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, Randy Smith; December 5 and 7, 2017, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

4.B. Approve First Reading of revision to Policy 08.113 Graduation Requirements

4.C. Approve Request for Approval of Teacher Assignment for 2017-2018

4.D. Approve Updated Section 504 Forms per recommendation from Teresa Combs, MR&R Attorneys and Counselors at Law

5. PERSONNEL

5.A. Approve to acknowledge receipt of Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update

6. ADJOURNMENT

 

October 31, 2017


 

WHAT:  A non-partisan 'Fund Our Pensions Rally' is expected to attract more than 500 state employees, public educators, retirees and others.

WHEN:  5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017.

WHERE:  Steps of the State Capitol in Frankfort, rain or shine.

WHO:  United We Stand―Kentucky Government Employees, a group representing more than 10,000 state employees and retirees, is hosting the event. Groups supporting the rally include:

The Kentucky Initiative, Together We Will Bluegrass, Indivisible Bluegrass, the New Kentucky Project, Save our Schools Kentucky, Kentucky Public Retirees, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Together Frankfort, Kentucky National Organization for Women, the People’s Campaign, our Revolution Central Kentucky, Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, and Kentucky United.

WHY:  State employees, retirees and others are rallying together to strongly oppose the proposed changes to the state pension system. We demand full funding of the system and encourage the legislature to explore tax reform and other new dedicated sources of revenue to fund it.

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Media contacts:

Katie Hancock, United We Stand―Kentucky Government Employees

859-200-3906, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nema Brewer, Together We Will Bluegrass
859-230-3667, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Melanie Taylor, United We Stand
859-619-0467

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From KASA (Kentucky Association of School Administrators)

After weeks of waiting, the actual draft legislation for proposed pension changes has been made public. The draft bill (505 pages), a summary, and a side-by-side comparison of current and proposed retirement provisions is available. Also included is KASA’s letter to Governor Bevin sharing our points of concern.

It’s exactly what we thought; that is, it’s worse than we thought.

All of the provisions we have shared with you over the past few weeks that damage past, current and future members of TRS are in the bill - a defined benefit plan for new hires that will diminish the security and amount of their retirement; taking away the accumulated sick leave retirement calculation for current TRS members as of July 1, 2023; and denying five years of cost of living adjustments to current and future retirees, who have already paid the cost of those adjustments.

There are other unnecessarily punitive provisions as well, such as a cap on earnings that count toward retirement benefit calculation. But in reading the bill we have discovered other harmful provisions that have never been mentioned previously.

Specifically, the bill does away with any requirement that local boards provide sick leave to teachers and administrators. In addition, it does away with the requirement that sick leave accumulate, and that it transfer when changing employers.

These changes are particularly puzzling in light of the previously mentioned provision that deletes sick leave from retirement calculation. If sick leave will no longer impact retirement, then why do away with it completely?

The good news is that your calls to legislators are working. Several Republican legislators have publicly stated they will not support the bill, and no Democrats are known to support it.

Call (800) 372-7181 and keep sharing with your legislators the points we have sent you previously. In short, this bill is bad for educators and bad for students. It will cause permanent harm to Kentucky schools.

With your continued efforts, we can keep this bill from becoming law.

Keep up the good work. It’s our best hope.