The Laurel County Schools district is looking to fill a position it abolished when Superintendent David Young took office in September.

The Board of Education approved reestablishing the assistant superintendent job left open in the wake of Greg Smith’s promotion to deputy superintendent. As per the board’s policy, the job will be posted for at least 30 days.

A committee will be set up to review applicants. The board is expected to submit several recommendations to Young, who will ultimately make the decision.

In other action, board members:

• Heard state-mandated presentations from the site-based decision making councils of Cold Hill Elementary, Colony Elementary, Hazel Green Elementary, North Laurel Middle and North Laurel High schools regarding Commonwealth Accountability Testing scores and each school’s comprehensive plan. Other schools are expected to report on their progress at subsequent meetings.

• Approved the superintendent evaluation process. By board policy, each certified employee must be evaluated. The superintendent is evaluated by the board, and, by law, must be told on what he will be evaluated. Board Chair Larry VanHook said there have been no changes to the evaluation process, expected to happen next month. The superintendent is traditionally evaluated every March and December.

• Approved the District School Assessment Rewards Program, which issues money from the school system’s general fund as an incentive for the school to meet or exceed their CATS goals. In order to qualify, schools must meet their adequate yearly progress and CATS biennium goals. The money is earmarked for academics only.

Under the program, schools in the top academic index are eligible for up to $2,500; schools that show exemplary growth, $5,000; in the top 5 percent of state schools, $5,000; in the state’s top 20 schools $5,000; in the state’s top 10 schools $7,500; and the state’s No. 1 school $15,000.



• Heard state-mandated presentations from the site-based decision making councils of Cold Hill Elementary, Colony Elementary, Hazel Green Elementary, North Laurel Middle and North Laurel High schools regarding Commonwealth Accountability Testing scores and each school’s comprehensive plan. Other schools are expected to report on their progress at subsequent meetings.

• Approved the superintendent evaluation process. By board policy, each certified employee must be evaluated. The superintendent is evaluated by the board, and, by law, must be told on what he will be evaluated. Board Chair Larry VanHook said there have been no changes to the evaluation process, expected to happen next month. The superintendent is traditionally evaluated every March and December.

• Approved the District School Assessment Rewards Program, which issues money from the school system’s general fund as an incentive for the school to meet or exceed their CATS goals. In order to qualify, schools must meet their adequate yearly progress and CATS biennium goals. The money is earmarked for academics only.

Under the program, schools in the top academic index are eligible for up to $2,500; schools that show exemplary growth, $5,000; in the top 5 percent of state schools, $5,000; in the state’s top 20 schools $5,000; in the state’s top 10 schools $7,500; and the state’s No. 1 school $15,000.

• Approved creating one special education assistant position at Hunter Hills Elementary and another at London Elementary.

• Approved a contract with the Kentucky Department of Education/Reading First Coach and authorized Superintendent Young to sign necessary paperwork.

• Approved creating a district itinerant FMD position.

• Approved increased two speech language pathologist positions from four days per week to five.

• Agreed to start getting financial figures together for the proposed addition and renovation on South Laurel middle and high schools.

• Authorized signing an easement in front of South Laurel High School, allowing the state Department of Transportation to take over and build left- and right-hand turning lanes.

• Approved the district comprehensive school improvement plan.

• Approved splitting the South Laurel High School girl’s basketball coaching job into two positions.

• Approved a roofing change order for the as-yet-unnamed elementary school under construction on KY 363.





News Editor Allison Altizer can be reached by e-mail at aaltizer@sentinel-echo.com.

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