• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Schools superintendent gets ‘exemplary’ evaluation

The Woodford County Board of Education gave schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins an “exemplary” evaluation for his job performance.

Of seven superintendent evaluation standards, the board ranked Hawkins as exemplary in strategic, instructional, cultural, human resources, collaborative and influential leadership. He was ranked as accomplished in managerial leadership.

“I continue to support Mr. Hawkins,” said board Vice Chair Debby Edelen. “I think he’s doing a great job. I think our kids – their accomplishments, their opportunities are growing under his leadership.” She chaired Monday’s board meeting because Chair Ambrose Wilson IV was absent.

Board member Sherri Springate led the public discussion of its evaluation process. Hawkins has been able to successfully accomplish one of three board-set goals, she said.

The board agreed that Hawkins has met the goal to develop structures to ensure, monitor and support the emotional and physical well-being of students, said Springate.

Work will continue next school year on priorities for future improvements, expansions and initiatives. Work will also continue on monitoring the growth of students who score novice in reading and math, she said.

Auditor

The board voted unanimously to employ Barnes Dennig & Company to audit the school district’s finances for fiscal year 2018 at a cost of $14,000.

The board agreed last Monday to change auditors after employing Summers, McCrary & Sparks for five years. Its bid for fiscal year 2018 was $13,000.

The contract with Barnes Dennig includes an option to renew for two more years at a cost of $14,000 in fiscal year 2019 and $13,000 in fiscal year 2020.

Tentative budget

The board approved a tentative budget for the 2018-19 school year. It maintains a property tax rate of 66.4 cents per $100 of accessed value, and does not include a proposed 5.5 cent facilities tax to pay for a new high school. The additional revenue generated by the tax will be put back into the budget if voters approve the tax during a special election on June 26, Chief Operating Officer Amy Smith told board members last week.

Vehicle purchase

The board approved a request to purchase a nine- (or less) passenger vehicle for transporting small groups of students and staff. The vehicle will be purchased from a state bid list, according to information given to the board.

Southside addition

The board approved a $2,025 bid from MLH Civil for land survey services for a project to expand Southside Elementary School’s cafeteria and kitchen. The bid was lower than four other bids and included the cost to survey the land where the building expansion will occur ($1,550) and the school’s playground area ($475), according to information given to the board.

Meal prices

The board approved meal prices, which will remain the same, for next school year. Breakfast prices are $1.30 for students in elementary and middle school, and $1.55 for students at the high school. Lunch prices are $2.65 for elementary students, $2.80 for middle school students and $3 for high school students.

A waiver from the Kentucky Department of Education allowed the board to maintain meal prices in 2017-18.

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