Casey alternative school off to good start

March 10, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

MIDDLEBURG - An alternative school for students who have caused disruptions in the regular classroom has been established at Casey County High School.

The school opened three weeks ago with 10 students from the high and middle schools, high school Principal Tim Goodlett told the Board of Education Monday.

"We've received positive comments from the students, and the parents of the students are supportive of the school," Goodlett said. Parents from all but three students placed in the alternative school have been in to see the progress.

"It's great, and it has helped the school environment," the principal said.

Goodlett said the school wants to find money to continue the program next year.

He said interviews for a school resource officer will be conducted Friday.

The board also learned the high school is sixth on a list to have a state police drug dog to do school surveillance.


In financial matters, Deena Randolph, board treasurer, estimated the school system will end the fiscal year with $1.7 million or 9.2 percent of the budget. She also said the average daily attendance for students is down a little this year.

Randolph said there is a $3.9 million fund balance to date, up $204,000 from the previous year.

In other matters, Jerry Pierce, athletic director, reported on athletic funds.

"The high school athletic fund is in better shape today than it has been since I have been athletic director," he told the board.

The school is improving the girl's weight room, making it more private, he said.

Hinkle Contracting Co. will begin repairing the track as soon as weather permits.

Other business

In other business, the board:

* Delayed action on scheduling activities at schools on Wednesday and Sunday nights. The board received a request to close the schools to activities during the time that churches schedule services. However, after board member Mike Davis made a motion to make the school off limits to activities after 5 p.m. Wednesday and between between 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday, board attorney Winter Huff decided it would be best to check the legal issues of the matter before board action.

* Approved a one-year contract with Huff to be board attorney.

* Granted medical leaves of absence for teachers Kristal Harne at Phillips Elementary and Virginia Rubarts at the high school.

* Learned that Alan Patterson was hired as head volleyball coach and Karen Sims as cook at the high school; and accepted the resignation of Jim Seabolt, high school baseball coach.

* Agreed to allow the Kentucky School Board Association to file Medicaid claims for the school system at a 10 percent charge of collections.

* Approved grant applications for $50,000 from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and $50,000 from the School to Careers program.

* Agreed to allow a kindergarten student in the Casey district to attend Lincoln County schools due to a hardship case.

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