Fall break trimmed to two days in new school calendar
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County’s Board of Education, at its meeting Thursday night, unanimously approved a calendar that had been recommended by the district’s calendar committee.

The calendar that the board approved shows that the first day of school would be Wednesday, Aug. 11, with the last day of students set at Monday, May 16, 2011. It also includes a two-day fall break instead of a five-day fall break.

Although soon-to-be Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby, who is the current Trigg County School Assistant Superintendent for Operations and Personnel, was absent from the meeting, he explained last month that the calendar has, for the time being, 185 days and includes five staff planning days instead of 25 Friday professional development/early release days, wherein school let out at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Current Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis said, however, that when classes end will depend on the Kentucky General Assembly, adding that classes will end on either Monday, May 16, or Thursday, May 19, 2011.

The two other options, which the board didn’t approve, had school going from Aug. 4 – May 18 and from Aug. 5 – May 20 for the students.

“I am appreciative of the work of the (calendar) committee and I commend them for focusing on student achievement,” said McGinnis.

Additionally, the district will be protected by a local insurance company and the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust, which the board has purchased in previous years, after the board voted unanimously to approve the bid by Insurance Center of Murray/Mayfield.

McGinnis told the board that after research and after speaking with the company that he recommended the lowest bid on the general insurance coverage.

A representative with Murray and Mayfield Insurance was at the meeting to talk about the company’s coverage, which includes a $5 million umbrella for all liability claims,

The board also approved workers’ compensation insurance, which will be covered by Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust for $102,888. KSBIT bid lower than Insurance Center of Murray/Mayfield, who bid $139,806, and Trigg County Insurance, who bid $161,327.

They also approved a secondary student insurance plan through R.J. Roberts for $30,517. R.J. Roberts is more expensive than Scholastic, which would be $23,441, but McGinnis said that R.J. Roberts’s insurance plan is more comprehensive.

“I believe it is obvious the added cost is worth the added benefits and the comprehensive coverage is indeed worth the additional $3 per student,” McGinnis said.

The school board unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Calloway County, Murray Independent and Marshall County school districts to hire an energy management director for roughly $75,000 over two years.

McGinnis said an energy assessment for all buildings has to be done, and that the MOA will help accomplish that assessment.

The energy manager will spend his time equally between the districts based on the instructional room square footage of the district, which will put him in Trigg County for 71 days over a two-year period, McGinnis said.

The board also approved more than $688,000 in repairs to vocational building, including a bid from Mangrum Roofing for slight more than $244,000 for a new roof and a bid from Mechanical Consultants for almost $356,000 for a new heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the summer feeding program again for this year. McGinnis said 2,100 meals were delivered to Trigg students of all ages, He also said these could be the only balanced meals for some students this summer, and added that this is an opportunity for summer employment for school staff.

In other news, the principals from the four schools delivered their last reports to the board for the school year. McGinnis said their next reports will come during one of the board’s September meetings.

Additionally, Lana Mullins, preschool director on Creative Curriculum gave a report on Creative Curriculum checkpoints, and said that the local preschoolers have been doing well for the most part.
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