Prior to last week’s Marshall County Board of Education’s monthly meeting, Darla Doss was sworn in as the board’s newest member.
She was sworn in by Judge Jack Telle and replaces Diane Barga who resigned after a conflict of interest presented itself involving the purchase of her husband’s company by another that does business with the district. Doss will fill the remaining two years of Barga’s term.
The first item on the agenda was the acceptance of resignation of Board Member Jeff Waters of District 1. Waters moved out of that district and by law must resign his seat. The board is now taking applications for his replacement after declaring a vacancy on the board.
In his resignation letter, read by Superintendent Trent Lovett, Waters announced his family would begin awarding a $500 scholarship each year to a Marshall County High School student majoring in nursing. The scholarship will be named after Waters’ wife, Jenny.
During instructional reports, Jeff Stokes, director of transportation and facilities, reported the cost of fuel for the month was $11,505. Two facility projects have been completed — the MCHS Camera Project installing cameras in the high school and the MCHS Tennis Project to rehab the tennis courts by repainting and adding lights.
Director of Pupil Personnel Patricia Greer said she is pleased with the district’s student attendance rate so far during the 2020-21 year amid COVID. Some of the elementary schools are reporting 99% in student attendance thus far. Greer said it has been more difficult to track the attendance of virtual learners, but they are working with other school districts in implementing a better system.
Greer also did a presentation on the district’s up-to-date COVID-19 data reporting spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is broken down by school and shows the number of new cases today, active cases, number of positive cases ever and the number of students currently in quarantine due to exposure. Those categories are split into two sections — students and staff.
The spreadsheet can be found at https://www.marshall.kyschools.us/content/covidparentinfo. To date, the district has had five positive cases of students with COVID-19 and 10 positive cases of staff members. As of the meeting, there were 42 students district-wide in quarantine due to exposure.
“We’ve done a very good job with our social distancing because as of now, I haven’t had anybody who has been quarantined have a positive test and had to extend the quarantine for the rest of the group,” said Greer. “ I think we will see more of this as flu seasons starts. That’s just the nature of the cycle of our seasons, but our teachers and principals and custodians have done an excellent job of cleaning the schools and talking to the students. This has gone very, very well.”
Student or staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are sent home and can only return after having a negative COVID-19 test, receiving a definitive alternative diagnosis and being fever free for 24 hours without medication. Students or staff who exhibit symptoms and test positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days and can return to school when released by the Marshall County Health Department.
The Kentucky School Report Cards from 2019-20 school year were released Oct. 14. This year’s report card has limited data available due to the non-traditional instruction (NTI) days at the end of the school year and not being able to administer the Kentucky Performance Rating for Education Progress assessments. Abby Griffy, instructional supervisor, showed the board how to navigate the website to see trends in the Marshall County district and how to compare those trends and information to other districts in the state. The report card can be found kyschoolreportcard.com.
The board also approved:
• Consent agenda items including the September minutes and four fundraisers.
• The treasurer’s report.
• Renewal of dental plan with Delta Dental.
• Vision plan with Delta.
• Evaluation peals committee members and alternates.
• Initial BG-1s for roof projects at Benton Elementary ($77,000), Central Elementary ($325,000), Marshall County Technical Center ($353,000) the Board of Education office ($110,000)
• Owner/architect agreement for Roof Projects BG 21-097, 21-098, 21-099 and 21-100.
• Final minutes from facility hears for the 2020-24 Facility Plan meetings held Dec. 4, 2019, Jan. 22 and Sept. 29.
• Pay application No. 4 to Pinnacle Construction in the amount of $10,286 for the security vestibules project.
• Change order No. 3 for the security vestibule projects.
• Pay applications No. 5 and No. 6 to premier Fire & Security in the amount of $16,960 for the MCHS camera project.
• Pay application No. 3 to DK Construction in the amount of $19,706 for the door replacement project.
• Payment of invoices No. 4 and No. 5 to CMS Architects in the amount of $2032 for the door replacement project.
• Change orders No. 4 and No. 5 for the door replacement project.
• Pay application No. 3 to Travis Construction in the amount of $41,535 for the tennis court project.
• Pay application No. 1 to Five Star Electric, LLC in the amount of $42,066 for the tennis court project.
• Pay application No. 1-direct purchase orders to Musco Lighting in the amount of $70,000 for lighting.
• Invoice No. 14 to CMS Architects int eh amount of $1182 for the tennis court project.
• Pay application No. 6 to Murtco in the amount of $16,524 for the MCHS campus municipal sewer improvements.
• Pay application No. 2 to Heflin Inc. in the amount of $7490 for demolition of the former Benton Middle School.
• Invoice No. 3 to Urban Fabric Architect Planning in the amount of $1842 for the middle school demolition.
• Owner/architect agreement for the MCHS baseball hitting facility.
• The bid for the facility to Morsey Construction in the amount of $215,800.
• Owner/contractor agreement for the facility.
• Revised BG-1 for the facility.
• And, the BG-1 for the MCHS FMD classroom renovation.