Splashing into the new school year

Photo by Tasha Stewart FRYSC Director Robin Rosenstiel Jones discusses upcoming events with the advisory council and representatives.
Photo by Tasha Stewart
FRYSC Director Robin Rosenstiel Jones discusses upcoming events with the advisory council and representatives.

While the students enjoy the final weeks of their summer break, the Barbourville Rainbow Center Council worked hard at their July 15 meeting to make a splash into the new school year. First on the agenda were the re-elections of Chair Brendia Moses and Vice Chair Ralph Halcomb. Both members served in their positions the previous year and agreed to serve again for the 2016-17 school year.

New advisory council members were also introduced. New community council members include Preshus Howard, Amy Sprinkles and Pam Chafin who are replacing Jodi Carroll, Anne Pedersen and Kay Dixon respectively. Corey Chesnut, Vice President of Commercial Bank, was also added to the advisory council as a representative of the community.

“I’m really fortunate to have good support with the advisory council. We collaborate a lot with KCEOC,” said Family Resource and Youth Services Center Director Robin Rosenstiel Jones. “[Ralph Halcomb] is always good to come and offer his support. He talks to our students about how they can get some certifications from Kentucky Tech. We appreciate that.”

The Annual Program and Fiscal reports were also approved. Despite spending limitations the council has faced, members were able to keep the budget within the parameters of the law. Among the items discussed in these reports was the success of the annual Kids College Art Camp. A total of 80 students attended the camp, 24 of which were from Barbourville. The camp also had eight student volunteers.

Hiring practices were included in the amendments to the council’s bylaws, which were last revised in 2009. Since the 2016-17 school year is Jones’ last, the council will have to recommend a replacement to Superintendent L. Kay Dixon before June 30, 2017.

Working with an approximated $70,000 budget that the director’s salary and benefits also come out of, the council resolved to find a highly qualified person while still making sure a large portion of the grant goes toward helping the students.

Under old business, Jones reported that she did not buy flash drives for each student in the school as was originally planned. This decision was made after Jones was told that students will have their own email address and access to an online cloud this school year. Instead, the council will buy approximately 50 flash drives to distribute to students who either have zero or unreliable internet connection at home.

As the first day of school approaches, the council agreed to contact UNITE Coalition and collaborate with their Back to School Splash. This will take place at Barbourville City Water Park on August 11 from 6-8 p.m. The council also approved to bring in the Red Badge of Courage theater production for the middle and high school students.

Other events announced at the meeting include Tiger Tip Off which is scheduled for July 29 at 12:00 p.m. This orientation will feature informational sessions for those entering sixth through twelfth grade. Elementary Readifest will be held on August 1 and the International Space Station Challenge will take place August 1-3.

School will resume on August 4 for K-12 students and preschool will begin August 24-25.