Architect Scott Noel provided an update on projects in the district including tennis courts, bleacher replacement at Lynn Camp, and greenhouse and HVAC upgrades. Advertisements for bid will be posted for the greenhouse panel replacement project and heat pump replacement project. The first pay application for work being done on the tennis courts was requested and approved.
Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles provided the Board with an update on COVID-19 re-entry plans. Sprinkles shared Learning@Home and Learning@School options, including hybrid models, all with the intent of returning to a five day week as soon as possible for students and staff. The Board received the latest survey results in their communication packet. Roughly ~30% of families favored in person, ~30% preferred at home, and ~30% preferred a combination of both.
Highlights of Action Items
Contract and service renewals for many providers were approved for the upcoming school year. STI Air Source Tech will continue to provide asbestos management services. School activity accounts will continue to be managed using EPES CAP software and libraries will continue to use Companion software. Nursing, SRO, Bluegrass Behavioral and NECCO contracts were renewed. Other contracts that provide KCPS with services including KHEAA KY Compass Impact for a college coach at Lynn Camp, PartnerCorp members at Knox Central, Day Treatment and Appalachian Children’s Home, dual credit through Southeast Community College, and Tri County Skills U adult education program.
The school year calendar was amended again, this time removing fall break which has been typically held during the Daniel Boone Festival. Since the festival was canceled, those days are now instructional days and Thanksgiving break was extended by two days to be an entire week. That also allowed the last day for students to be moved one day back, now tentatively set for May 13.
The governance and leadership part of the meeting included approving revised job descriptions for district staff. Those will be posted online and distributed later this week to employees. The August Board meeting date was moved from August 24 to August 17, the Monday prior to the start of school, to allow the Board to take any action needed prior to the first day for students. The addition of ten COVID sick days was approved for all full time employees. The additional sick days one time for 2020-2021 for COVID leave reasons.
COVID-19 continued to be a topic a focus of several additional items after the Superintendent’s presentation during communications. The Board approved the re-entry plan as presented by Sprinkles. They created four after hour help desk positions for teachers and students to call when they are having difficulty with devices at home. School level technology coaches were created to assist teachers with the instructional design process of preparing for @Home and @School learning. Fifteen full time substitute positions were created, each to be assigned to a specific school, to reduce movement of substitutes from one building to another.
The Board conducted the Superintendent’s annual evaluation at the conclusion of the meeting. Board chairman Jimmy Hendrickson announced that the members scored Sprinkles as “accomplished”.
Minutes of all action at the July 27 meeting will be available after approval at the August 17 meeting.
CALL TO ORDER
Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance
A. Reports to the Board
i. Architect Construction Updates
ii. Superintendent’s Update
I. Adopt Agenda
II. Actions by Consent
A. Acknowledgment of Financial Statements and Financial Reports, Bills and Claims, Previous Board Meeting Minutes, Superintendent’s Personnel Report, Maintenance Report, Field Trip Report, Fundraisers, and Request to Use District Property.
III. District Facilities and Operations
A. Discuss and/or Take Action on STI Air Source Technology INC Consulting Services Renewal
B. Discuss and/or Take Action on STI Air Source Technology INC Asbestos Management Program for FY21
C. Discuss and/or Take Action on School Activity Fund Accounting Software renewal with EPES C.A.P. Inc. for FY21
D. Discuss and/or Take Action on Pay Application #1 for the Knox Central High School Tennis Court Project
E. Discuss and/or Take Action on Indirect Cost Rates for FY21
F. Discuss and/or Take Action on Healthcare Provider Agreement SY20-21
G. Discuss and/or Take Action on Renewal of School Dude Software for Maintenance through August 2021
H. Discuss and/or Take Action on Request for Bids for PPE, Nursing and Health Supplies for FY21
IV. Governance and Leadership
A. Discuss and/or Take Action on Amending the 2020-2021 Academic Year
B. Discuss and/or Take Action on Approving Job Descriptions
C. Discuss and/or Take Action on Amending the Board Meeting Calendar
D. Discuss and/or Take Action on addition of ten sick leave days due to COVID-19 for FY21
V. Teaching and Learning
A. Discuss and/or Take Action on Professional Leave application for Knox County Employee
B. Discuss and/or Take Action on Two Special Need Student’s Shortened School Week/Day Waiver
C. Discuss and/or Take Action on MOU between members of Tri County Skills U SY20-21
D. Discuss and/or Take Action on Renewal of Companion Library Software Subscription
E. Discuss and/or Take Action on MOU with KHEAA and KY Compass Compact for Lynn Camp Schools
F. Discuss and/or Take Action on MOA with Midway University– Student Teacher Placement SY20-21
G. Discuss and/or Take Action on MOA with Southeast Community College for Dual Credit SY20-21
H. Discuss and/or Take Action on Re-Entry Plan for 2020-2021 School Year
VI. Resources and Support Systems
A. Discuss and/or Take Action on MOU with Berea College for PartnerCorps Project SY20-21
B. Discuss and/or Take Action on 2020-2021 External School Club Agreements
C. Discuss and/or Take Action on School Activity Fund Donations
D. Discuss and/or Take Action on Day Treatment and Appalachian Children’s Home KECSAC MOA with Eastern Kentucky University for FY21
E. Discuss and/or Take Action on Infinite Campus Food Service Contract for FY21
F. Discuss and/or Take Action on Staffing and Salary Schedules
G. Discuss and/or Take Action on Renewal of KSBA Membership for FY21
H. Discuss and/or Take Action on Renewal of Contract with Knox County Sheriff’s Office for School Resource Officers
I. Discuss and/or Take Action on MOU with Bluegrass Behavioral Health Group SY20-21
J. Discuss and/or Take Action on MOA with NECCO SY20-21
VII. Executive Session – Motion to enter into Executive Session to conduct preliminary discussions by the Board and/or between the Board and the Superintendent related to the evaluation of the Superintendent as required by KRS 156.557(6)(c) and as permitted by KRS 61.810(1)(k) and to discuss pending litigation against the school district pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(c).
A. Motion to return to Regular Session
VIII. Other Action Items with Discussion
A. Discuss and/or Take Action on pending Abner litigation
B. Discuss and/or Take Action on Superintendent’s Summative Evaluation