Standing Room only: Knox School Board Meeting

Jesse D. Lay Elementary students opened the Knox County Board of Education's meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance, after which they were recognized for being Knox County's First Proficient School and obtaining an 80th percentile in Kentucky.
Jesse D. Lay Elementary students opened the Knox County Board of Education’s meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance, after which they were recognized for being Knox County’s First Proficient School and obtaining an 80th percentile in Kentucky.

By David Stewart

Seating was a premium at the October Knox School Board meeting. The ever-present school board members had to share the stage with very large attendance trophies, several certificates and some sizable checks.

Jesse D. Lay School was on display most of the night. The school’s kindergarten class started the evening with a focused reciting of America’s pledge of allegiance. The group then demonstrated Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.” They showed the most excitement during the “sharpening the saw” segment. These “Seven Habits” have had a tremendous effect with the culture of the Lay School. They have become the first school in Knox County to achieve State “Proficiency.”

Principal, Jeff Frost, said, “Everyone, administration, teachers, parents and student have ‘high expectations.’ We set them together, the parents say they expect it and the children self-promote it. We are grateful to celebrate their success.”

Richard Smith from Food City was on hand to give out almost $2,500 in checks. They have set aside $600,000 to give out in the 2014-15 school year.

Other bullet points of note:

• when travelling with students, teachers will be reimbursed the same amount as the students. • Superintendent Sprinkles will be part of Professional Growth. This means he will be evaluated just like principals and teachers.

• during a discussion concerning “Competitive Food Policy,” Board Member Gordon Hinkle asked the group “to look for loopholes in the system so that the schools could give the schools more food.”

• Dewitt Roof and Flat Lick improvement construction bills; Board Member Charles Merida, asked the Board to only pay the bills after the insurance checks were in hand.

• Adult education classes will continue at night due to the money being in the budget and participation being consistent.

• Two Family Medical Leave Acts met all requirements and were passed by the Board.

• Two emergency teacher certifications were granted as long as the recipients were in an approved progressive program to achieve their certificate.

• Approval was given to take bids for the maintenance of the athletic fields. Normally this takes place in June, during growing season and the board wished to get the bids in early for better preparation.