Casey considers alternative school calendar

February 11, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Casey County Board of Education will consider an alternative school calendar at the request of board member Mike Davis.

The board suggested Monday that Dale Wilson, director of pupil personnel, look into the issue and begin discussion with a calendar committee.

Davis told the board that Pulaski County has a calendar that allows classes to begin Aug. 4 and end May 18. Students get a two-week fall and spring break and a three-week Christmas break. During one week of each break, students who are borderline or falling behind can participate in an accelerating program four hours per day, Davis said.

In another matter, the board agreed to have a high school senior nominated to act as a student liaison to the board and serve as honorary member.


The student will get a packet of materials before each board meeting and attend each session to acquire information to share with students and to bring up student issues. High school Principal Tim Goodlett will oversee the selection process.

The board also directed Stacy Beeler to acquire large banners for display in each school that will recognize distinguished students each year.

Board Chairman Don Sweeney said it might be possible to have local businesses sponsor the banners.

Positions of reading coaches were created for Garrett and Middleburg schools. Each school received Reading First grants to help students with reading.

A leave of absence for Stephanie Floyd, a Phelps Elementary teacher, was granted.

Personnel hired recently by the school system include Darrell Atwood, bus driver; David Hundley, alternative school teacher; and Charlotte Coffey, part-time clerk.

The resignation of middle school teacher Jane Dillon was accepted.

Staffing allocation formulas also were approved, with the stipulation that they can be amended upon receipt of additional information from the state Department of Education.

All schools from the fourth grade up will have a 24:1 ratio. They currently have 22:1.

The board also approved grants of $260,530 for the West and East Family Resource Centers, and the Youth Services Center.

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