• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Calendar for 2017-18 school year presented to board

A proposed calendar for the 2017-18 school year was presented to the Woodford County Board of Education on Monday night. The board will be asked to approve the calendar at its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 19. The 2017-18 school year will begin on Thursday, Aug. 10, with the last day of school scheduled for Tuesday, May 22. The first day of school was moved back one day in part because classes can be in session on Election Day next November, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins explained. Fall break is scheduled during the week of Oct. 2 to 6. Spring break is scheduled during the week of April 2 to 6. Also, four early-release days are scheduled on the third Wednesday in September, October, March and April. Those days are shortened by two hours to give teachers additional time to work in Planned Learning Committees (commonly known as PLCs). "We felt like the value of providing that additional time for our teachers to be able to work together," outweighed any negatives related to shortening the school day, Hawkins said. He said having those early-release days would also provide opportunities for teachers to work with their colleagues in other Woodford County schools. The calendar committee's recommended calendar for next school year was subject to change based upon any possible calendar legislation passed during the next session of the Kentucky General Assembly in 2017. Board meetings The board will also approve a meeting schedule for next calendar year at its regular meeting next Monday. Meetings are again being scheduled on the third and fourth Mondays of the month in 2017, with several exceptions because of holidays. The board will have its January planning meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The board will meet in November on Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, and on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 in December - the second and third Mondays in those months. In addition to having regular and planning meetings at Central Office on Pisgah Pike, the board will again have a meeting at every school in the district: Southside Elementary on March 27, Northside Elementary on April 24, Huntertown Elementary on May 22, Safe Harbor Academy on June 19, WCMS on Sept. 25, Simmons Elementary on Oct. 23, and WCHS on Nov. 20. Electrician The board unanimously approved a job description update for district electrician/electrical engineer. With the pending retirement of longtime Woodford County schools employee/electrician Jerry Lancaster at the end of January, Hawkins said, "It was a good time to go ahead and update the job description to make sure it accurately reflected what we were needing in that position." The board also had its first reading of a 504 policy update to comply with new requirements for student services. Second reading of the policy update will happen next Monday night. Financial Report The district began November with a total cash balance of $4.5 million and ended the month with $14.5 million, according to Chief Operating Officer Amy Smith's financial report. Property tax revenues of $10.14 million (in the general fund) accounted for the total cash balance increase. Also, $4,500 was transferred from the building fund to the debt service fund to make a bond payment. The building fund ended the month of November with a cash balance of $931,462.65. Adult education Chief Academic Officer Jimmy Brehm gave each board member a new "Woodford County Adult Education Profile" flyer, which includes information about what services are provided by the adult education program and data about residents who receive adult education services here. For example, 10.4 percent of Woodford County's working-age population (ages 18 to 64) lack a high school credential. And 88 percent of the students receiving adult education services were 18 to 44 years old - adults who will be in the workforce for the next two to five decades. The flyer, which also has contact information to access adult education services in Woodford County, was created through an ongoing partnership with Kentucky Adult Education.

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