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WE HAVE 30,000 READERS! A member of (USPS 045260) MEET THE CANDIDATES 2014 IS IN SECTION C! 129th Year--Edition 18 P.O. Box 577, Owingsville, KY 40360 Ph.: 606-674-9994 May 01, 2014 ...... ~ "~ "~{~,~l" ~'~i~: "~ ~i::~ =.::."~:.~, :"::.~W~ ';~ :" , ............ , , o ' ~", " ,~' ~#:, ~ ~i ;i :~::~::*~i~:::~: ; ~i i~i ;! ~" ~ ~ i~::~ ] 0 By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewskmmp.com Tight budgets are affect- ing most school districts across the state, and while Bath County's school dis- trict is reportedly in good financial condition, ten- sions over a revised teach- er and staff stipend sched- ule boiled over during Monday evening's regular April Board of Education meeting. A group of teachers, coaches, and staff attend- ed the meeting to express their concerns over early rumors that their stipends would cut for the 2014-15 school year. High School business teacher Kristal Robin- son, representing the Bath County Education Association, addressed board members during the working session prior to regular meeting. She noted that teachers donate a great deal of their time 0 e to school-related events and that she is afraid that the school will lose staff if stipends are cut. "We are not here for the salaries," Robinson said. "We know other counties pay more than us." Board chairperson Shelly Sanders said that board members had looked at recommenda- tions of a special com- mittee created by Supt. Harvey Tackett that were based on comparisons with stipends paid to staff in similar positions in sur- rounding counties. She said that they reduced "a few that are way out of line" compared with other school districts. Supt. Tackett explained that he had put the com- mittee, consisting of Di- rector Assessment Coor- dinator Teresa Caudill, District Technology Co- ordinator Brenda Holder, Instructional Supervisor Karen Hammons, and Fi- nance Director Jo Brewer, Board member Barbara Razor, Superintendent Harvey Tackett, Board Chairperson Shelly Sanders, and Board Member Hurshell Rawlings bore the brunt of staff mem- bers anger following approval of reductions to a num- ber of stipends. A special called board meeting to address this issue again will be held tonight Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the Board Office Annex. together three months ago to come up with some data regarding district-wide stipends. He said that the data had been presented to board member last month and that they had chosen to table it at the time along with the conmaittee's rec- ommendations. Tackett noted that since April's agenda was pub- lished on Friday, there had been '%ts of talk" and "misinformation" about stipend recommenda- Board member Barbara said, "Any stipends decided to touch were out of touch with cotlnties." She not- that some were left the and some were even Both Robinson and Elementary Lorinda expressed frustra- that other school staff not been invited to participate in the stipend committee and that details of the recommendations were not publically made know. This same group of teachers and staff had ex- pressed concerns prior to Monday evening's meet- ing over the fairness of a salary increase given by board members to Supl. Tackett in February in an addendum to his contract. which would increase his salary incrementally from $132,1.00 during the current school year to $147,117 by the last year of his contract in the 2015- 16 school year. Details of the salary in- crease were not discussed openly by board members during the February meet- ing. Supt. Tackett and board members would not dis- cuss the details of the changes in the stipend schedule during the meet- ing. Tackett said that he would send the schedule to the principals the follow- ing morning, who would then distribute them to school staff. However, "after the board meeting was ad- journed, he allowed those teachers and staff present to examine the revised sal- ary schedule. The salary schedule, which was emailed out Monday evening after Stipend cont. on pg. lO o [ have its t P TWO BURGLARIES REPORTED DAILY, DEPUTY SAYS By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com One individual has been arrested and another is at large who are suspected of being involved in a number of local burghwies arotmd the Sharpsburg and Bethel communities. Bath County Sheriff's Dep. John Sutherland said that SheriffTuffy Snedegar received a call in the early morning hours of Sunday, Photos courtesy of Montgomery Co. Matthew Sorrell Burglaries cont. on pg. 10 This is a mug shot of Chris- topher Miles, taken earlier this year on another arrest. He re- mains at large on theft charges. Photo by Cecil Lawson A large crowd of local resi- dents, former students, con- tributors, and government dignitaries were on hand this past Sunday afternoon for the official dedication of the Sharpsburg Commu- nity Center. Construction on the center was completed in January, classes and events have been held there since February, and the Bath Coun- ty Memorial Library opened a branch library on site two weeks ago. The center is a community project that has been seven years in the making for the city and was made possible by partner- ships at the local, state, and federal levels. Shown above taking part in the ribbon cut- ting ceremony are, from left, Susan Boyd Thompson, Citi- zens Bank; SamWright, Citi- zens Bank; Brenda Vance, Bath County Memorial Li- brary; Philip Fetters and Pat Richardson, Sharpsburg City Council; John Peck; David Jones, Sharpsburg City Coun- cil; Rep. Andy Barr; George Stone; Thelma June Gulley, Sharpsburg City Council; Da- vid Fern, USDA Rural De- velopment; Mayor Dorothy Clemons; Sarah Ratliff Ford; and Teresa Shields, Gateway Area Development District. Are you tired of your money only earning " 1/4%, 1/2%, 3/4%, or l%!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUY GOLD OR SILVER Gold projected to cjo $5,000.O0 an ounce by 2015. Silver projects to triple in price by 2013 Heed help moving your 401 k, IRA, or Roth|lll Call the Gates Insurance team at (606)683-2104 We have a complete line of mobile home parts. Part store number only 606-845-0761. 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