School board revises policies, agrees to buy truck for $10,000
by Hawkins Teague
Jul 02, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Board of Education last week voted on the first readings of a long list of revised board policies. Members also voted to approve the opening bid dates for the year’s fuel purchase and classified employee physicals, as well as the purchase of a new dump truck.

Shortly after the meeting was called to order, the board voted to go into executive session at 7:05 p.m. for a “discussion of proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the board.” The board went back into open session at 7:29, and no action was taken on the matter.

The board voted to purchase a new dump truck for $10,000. Superintendent Tim McGinnis said that Matt Ladd, the director of operations, said that the operator had to get under the truck’s chassis to lift and lower the bed, which could be dangerous. He also said that it was a 1982 and was on its third or fourth engine, so it was about time to replace it.

After the board ended the closed session, McGinnis presented the board with a list of policies and procedures that the Kentucky School Board Association had recommended changing. He said that each year, KSBA sends member districts recommendations to rescind, amend or add certain policies and procedures to comply with Kentucky statutes. McGinnis said that some of the changes were legal ones, but that many are merely recommendations to change the wordings of policies. The board voted on the first readings of 36 policies, as well as 21 board procedures. Board policies require two readings, but the board procedures are now effective. Approval of the policies went fairly smoothly, since board members only had questions about a couple of them. McGinnis said that the changes were very straightforward this year.

“This is as routine or slam-dunk as I’ve seen it in the last few years, so I’m comfortable with it,” he said.

Chairman Mike Davis asked why a policy regarding non-renewal of contracts needed to be changed. Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Operations Travis Hamby said that this was because the deadline for non-renewal had been changed by the state legislature. The deadline had previously been April 30 of each year, which was reflected in board policy, but that it had changed to May 15. The approved policy lists no deadline to avoid any future contradictions between local policy and statute.

The board did not vote on a procedure concerning performance-based credit. McGinnis said that Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Beth Sumner was on vacation, but needed to look at the procedure more when she got back. He said the board could vote on it at the next meeting, which is on July 17.

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