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Coun Many disturbed over motion to create position fleeting adjustments made. She clarified that the board would not be approving the. tentative budget, rather the adjustments. The final- ized budget will be approved May 28, as it is due in to Frankfort on May 31. The budget includes the mandated 2.7 percent increase to the salaries of classified personnel and a $1,080 increase for certified personnel. Brewer said, that although there are cuts, they are not as drastic as presented in the allocations. She also commended interim superin- tendent Karen Hatfield for her work on the budget. Clearly, the issue that bothered the taxpayers most, was the fact that the board was intent on creat- ing a new position at a time when budget cuts were imminent and school personnel would be losing their jobs. An angry audience member spoke up to ask, "how can you justify the cuts and hire an assistant superintendent? Why do you need an assistant superintendent?" At this time, S. Crouch made a motion to table the item, but several audience members had opinions to express. Bath County Middle School teacher Kathy Adams asked, "are there certified cuts?" S. Crouch answered, "yes, on extended days only." Another audience member asked if the salary had been set for the assistant superintendent position. Though there is talk that the can- didate for assistant superintendent has already been decided, S. Crouch clarified that the board has yet to hire someone for the position. She added that, "the superintendent will appoint the assistant superinten- dent," and that the position will be advertised and an interview con- ducted. As superintendent, Hutchinson will receive a salary of $75,000. Former board member Jacky Watson spoke to inform the audi- ence that former superintendent Woodie Cheek received a salary of $91,000. Before Cheek, former superintendent George Kirk re- ceived a salary of over $100,000. Again, the question of why there needs to be an assistant superinten- dent, was posed. "Because when the superinten- dent leaves, someone needs to be in charge," said S. Crouch. "Most school districts have an assistant superintendent." She added, "If a major disaster occurred and no superintendent was present, then the district would be in trouble." A Bethel Elementary teacher ar- gued that, "Most districts don't have an assistant superintendent." Adams spoke again to ask the board, "do you think an assistant superintendent is more important than an asistant principal?" Her question garnered applause from the audience. S. Crouch replied that school prin- cipals couldn't be pleased; that when they have an assistant they com- plain they don't want one and when they don't have one, they complain that it's a necessity. Later, the fact that Salt Lick and Bethel Elementary Schools share one principal and thus, each have half a day when no principal is in charge. A visibly angry resident asked what the ratio of management posi- fifions to teachers was, and another asked if everyone on the board was in agreement that the position of assistant superintendent was nec- essary. Members ofthe board responded with ayes and S. Crouch added that tWo central office positions were done away with recently. Watson asked if, without creat- ing another position, could some- one else be designated as assistant superintendent, or simply to be des- ignated to be in charge when the superintendent was out. She said doing it this way, they could avoid using extra funds to pay the assistant's salary. The board was firmly in favor of hiring an assistant superintendent. When asked if they had a time- table for advertising and hiring for the position, S. Crouch said no. A frustrated woman in the audi- ence repeatedly demanded to know ira music teacher had been deleted in. the staffing cuts, to which S. STORE HOURS: Mon.- Fri. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. - E, p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sale Dates: Apr. 29th thru May 5th Foodland Bankroll drawing May 3rd - $300.00 Like the paper ] you're reading? Tellyourfriends and i neighbors about it. I I herlta THE BATH COUNTY NEWS-OUTLOOK Owingsville, Ky.--Week of May 1 - May 7, 2003 Crouch refused to answer, citing legality issues. Others asked questions surround- ing the budget, staffing cuts and the creation of an assistant superinten- dent position, but were repeatedly told by S. Crouch, "Come back May 28, because nothing is set in stone" and "your questions will all be answered then." Board vice-chairman Carroll Otis made a motion to table discussion on the budget, S. Crouch gave it a second, and the motion carried unanimously. Renee Baber gives the 'gift' of teaching students with instruction which plants the seed. Once the lesson is over though, she says it is impera- tive that they practice on their own time to further dev, elop their skill. Baber says some have natural talent and some really struggle. "I sympathize with those who struggledI did," she said. Baber adds, however, that every- one can excel to their individual potential. "Some just have the God-given talent," she explains with a smile. "It's amazing how much talent is here." Baber used to have recitals for her students, but stopped about l0 years ago. She says her students would get so nervous and would never perform their best. Instead, teacher and students gather once a year for a less formal event; a Christmas party. "I've been so proud of so many of them," said Baber. "I hate to mention names because of leaving others out", she says. But she has had students go on to make piano and the love of music a life-long hobby. One former student, who could play by ear and by note, went to study at a music school and has since played professionally in clubs. Another former student performs at various Kentucky horse shows and writes her own music. Baber says piano can be some- thing to enjoy throughout a life- time. "You can always come back to piano, even if you leave for awhile," she said. Another facet to Baber's teaching is her Christian faith, which goes hand-in-hand with her piano play- rag. Baber says her main goal has always been to teach children enough piano so they can play in churches. "A lot of churches don't have someone to play piano." Baber plays piano for the Meth- odist Church in Owingsville. In the past, she has also played for funeral homes. Baber tooklessons when she was young, her cousin was her first teacher, and had one year of piano at Morehead State University. The therapeutic value of playing the piano is also something she utilizes. "Ifs good to play when you're upset--there are days that I've banged that piano," says Baber with a laugh. Although she has never written her own music, she has composed words. Baber's husband, John, is also musically talented. He often sings while his wife accompanies him on the piano or organ. The two share their faith by doing Gideon work. Baber's love of the piano has spanned a lifetime. As for her own talent, Baber is modest. "My talent isn't that great--my students far out-play me." Baber says she will continue to teach piano to current and incom- ing students until her "partner" tells her to quit. Her partner, she reveals is GOd. "I feel like God is using me as a channel," says Baber, who often prays in preparation for a lesson. She credits this partner as being her inspiration and her drive to be- gin teaching. West Nile virus: what Kentuckians need to know, do As warm weather approaches," it's not too early to start preparing for mosquitoes and West Nile vi- rus. Seventy- five Kentuckians are known to have been infected with the virus last year and five died. No cases have been reported in Kentucky this year, but the De- partment for Public Health has been working with local health departments to be on the lookout for the virus and to prevent its spread. Here are some things Kentuck- ians can do to help stop the spread of mosquitoes and West Nile vi- rus. Drain and remove any con- tainer that could hold water--old Proficient in ReadingThese Bath ompson, Siera Stephens, Wes County High School students scored proficient Noland Lees. Not photographed on last year's C.A.T.S. test in the area of read- Arnett, Justin Clark, Derek Cline, ing. Pictured, from the left, front row are: Ross Tim Gross, Karin Moore and Justi Phillips, Raven Vance, Kim Donahue, Stephanie (News'-Outlook photo, Sunny Stevens and Lynn Ulery. Back row, Jacob Th- tires, toys, and flower pots. Any- where water collects could be po- tential breeding place for mosqui- toes. Change water every week in birdbaths, wading pools, water- ing troughs and pet bowls. Fill in puddles. Check gutters to make sure they are clean and are draining. Repair and replace all door and window screens to keep bugs out. Keep ponds free of vegetation and stock with fish. Dress appropriately-wear light colored long sleeves and pants and a hat when you plan to be out at dawn or dusk. Use mosquito repellant and carefully follow directions. Use repellent with DEET and note spe- cial directions for young children. Some property owners may want to use larvacide in bodies of water such as ponds. These agents prevent the mosquitoes from hatching. West Nile virus is contracted through the bite of an infected mosquitoes. Even in areas where mosquitoes carry the virus, very few mosquitoes-muh hss than 1 percent are infected. Severe ill- ness occurs in less than 1 percent of people bitten by infected mos- quitoes. Local health departments and the Department for Public Health will once again be con- ducting surveillance for West Nile virus. The local health departments will submit dead birds for West Nile virus testing beginning June 1. Departments will accept dead black birds if they are nine inches long or greater, as well as other kinds of birds. They will not ac- cept starlings or red winged black birds because they rarely carry the virus. Birds are tested to let health officials know where the virus ex- ist. Last year, 693 birds from 101 counties tested positive for West Nile virus. The department will also be checking mosquito samples around the state for the virus. Most people who are exposed to the virus will not show symptoms. Even people living at risk areas are unlikely to get sick from expo- sure to the virus. However, mild symptoms may include fever, muscle aches and/or headache, possibly with skin rash and swol- len lymph glands. A rapid onset of high fever and body aches, neck stiffness, disorientation, stupor and muscle weakness marks a more 'severe infection. West Nile also affects horses. Last year, 513 horses in Kentucky tested positive for the virus. The department will post informatiori on it's website at: htpp:// publichealth.state.ky.us/ west_nile_virus.htm Citizens with questions about West Nile can also call the Cen- ters for Disease Control and Pre- vention Public Response Service tool free at (866)874-2646 (TI'Y), Monday through 11 p.m., and day, 10a.m.-8p.m. Bath Coun00 dies from at A Bath County man injuries sustained from lated accident Richard Allen Lick, died from in hit by a vehicle at a Hebron (neat He had been doing He Swartz, Salt Lick. spend your money paying about student can get it free KHEAA 1050 US Hi Frankfort, KY (800) Owin 19 Water Street Owingsville (606) 674-2211 Bush Friskies Cat Food, 5.5 oz. can, (Save 18) .................... 3/99 Dawn Dish Liquid, 25 oz., (Save 30) ........................ $2.29 Home Best Glass Cleaner Refill, 67.6 oz (Save $1.80) .......... $1.79 Home Best Fabric Softner, 40 oz (Save $2.10) ................. $1.99 Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Sel. Var., 5-9 oz. Box ..... 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