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10- May 01, 2014 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook the meeting to MI school district stakeholders, shows 79 positions within the school district, from princip ds, to coaches, to extra-curricular activity coaches, along with their current stipends, number of extended days allowed, proposed changes by the stipend committee mem- bers and by board mem, bers, and comparison with comparable positions in Nicholas, Morgan, Rowan, Menifee, Montgomery, and Powell Counties. Stipemts fi)r 47 positions remained unchanged. Out of all of the 28 reductions in stipends recommended, 15 were recommended by board members, and 13 by com- mittee members. Those positions that received reductkms were elemen- tary, middle school and high school academic team coaches; assessment coordinator/grant writer; middle school and high school content coaches; middle school and high school guidance counseb ors; technology director; instructional supervisor; director of pupil personnel; director of special educa- tion; transpor tation/facili- ties director: middle and high school principals and assistant principals; trans- portation manager; de- mentary, middle, and high school S'TLP coordinators; high school yearbook: high school cheerleader and assistant cheerleader coaches; middle school cheerleader coach; and one assistant athletic di- rector. Of all positions, those that received increases in stipends were high school band directm, and boys and girls high school track. Stipends were also given to elementary and middle school year book and to the finance director and food service director. Many of those who exam- ined the stipend schedule were upset with the chang- es. Folh)wing the meeting, Rogers expressed many staff members' sentiments by saying, 'q'hey've cut the people that make a differ- ence. It says that we don't matter." Board members ,Shelly Sanders, Barbara Razor, and Hurschell Rawlings (Sandy Crouch and Con- nie Grimes were not prea ent Monday evening) and Supt. Tackett issued a statement about the sti- pend schedule following the meeting: "As I see it there are two major points: What it is and what it is not: "The first point is the reason we are [sic] was to make the stipends pro- portional to the role: to make them comparable crease every year and a rai ; every year except the last three. We will [be] ap- proving staff raises at our May Board meeting re- flecting the state mandate of a minimum 1% certified and classified raise for 2014-15 school year and 2% for 2015-16. "Bottom line, research- ingand revising stipends is the right thing to do." The Monday evening email also included an of- fer to district employees to allow the board to re- view requests for stipend increases for those who wished to have their re- m fin the same. 'q'he board would like for everyone to have the opportunity to provide feedback related to the board approved stipend changes. You have the opportunity to submit a detailed justification fl)r the stipend to be returned to the current 201.%14 amount. Please submit the rationale through elec- tronic or written version to me [Supt. Tackett] by noon on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The board will be review- ing provided docmnenta- |ion that might justify any revisions to the stipends for 2014-15." On Tuesday morning Bath County High . hool Principal Paul Prater sent a scathing email in response. He accused Supt. Tackett and board members of breaking open meetings mad open records laws in their handling of the rexisions to the stipend schedule and calling their actions "cowardly, under- handed, manipulative, un- ethical, and dishonest." He said that he would personaUy not be provid- ing any justification fi)r why his stipend should re- main at the same level. "Everyone has been asked to justify their sti- pend so that the board might reconsider, I will not be doing so because if the leadership in this district cannot see or doesn't al- .ready know the difference in our high school and all the other surrounding high schools; then it is ob- vious that I am not doing an acceptable job," Prater wrote. "I fear that what the board has done not only slapped many hard work- ing individuals in the filce; it will also result in numer- ous quality people leaving Bath County," he wote in conclusion. In a brief email conmm- nication on Tuesday after- noon before the News-Oub k)ok went to press, Prater said that he was consider- ing resigning but had not .c yet decided. Another controversial matter before school board members on Monday eve- ning was the approval o:f a measure to make all cleri- cal, custodial, and special education t)osifions within to other districts and fair to everyone. It is not a the school district into itin- process that this boarderate positions. wanted to do, but we felt Supt. Tackett explained strongly that needed to he that (luring renovation addressed. In the regu-work on Owingsville El- ementary School over the lation 160.29() (1), and st mmel; custodians wou!d board policy 01A 1, it says bc allowed to work at other the board shall exercise schools, and prior to the generally all powers pre ..... enmg day of school on scribed by law in the ad- :August 6, more custodians ministration of its public would be required to do school system, appoint the superintendent of sdmols, clean-up at OES. He said and fix tile compensa- tion of employees. Our district needs to get these stipends aligned. It is re- sponsible fiscal manage- ment. "The ultimate goal will be to get the staff salary scale in line with sur- tx)unding districts as well. That one is the hardest, but is also on tile radar. This is a process .... it all cannot be done at one time, but one area at- a time... 'q'he second point is that the issue of stipend com- pensation was not taken up for financial reasons; we are not making chang- es to compensate for :forth- coming salary increases. "The district is finan- cially sound. Next month we will roll out the raise for the staff. Since 2002 there has been a step in- II that making the positions itinerate would hell) with emergency situations as well. When asked by high school secretary Jenny Stull if custodial and clerical staff would ro- tate among the schools like cook staff do, Tackeit said that they would not. 'q'hat's not my intention at "all. I'm not h)oking to maneuver anyone, and I'm not targeting any person here," he said. Board members Sanders and Razor agreed during the working session that they supported tile mows, calling it "fiscally respon- sible" and allowing the school district to haw flex- ibility. Board members once again tabled further ac- tion on a school nurses' arrangement with tile Gateway I)istrict Health Department. During the March meeting, Gateway Health Director Bobby Rafliff had proposed a plan to make a number of Health Department nurses become school district em- ployees, who would then contract back with the Health District, in order to save money for both dis- tricts. Director of Pupil Person- nel Kim Biddle explained that the school district would actually save some money under the new con- tract arrangernent. The current contract cost the district: $68.000, and the new arrangelnent is pro- jected to cost $62,311. The new contract, if ap- proved by the state, would leave one nurse at each of the four school buildings, along with two nurses' aides. Maximum salaries for nurses would be $16 an hour. Finance Director Jo Brewer said that the ar- rangement all hinges on if the state alh)ws school dis- trict employees to be con- tracted to other agencies. She said that more infor- matt(in would be awfilahle by mid-May. On a more positive note, board members appn)ved a revised (:()st estimate to be submitted to the Ken- tucky Department of Edu- cation for the replacement of the replacement: of the four stadium light poles m the high school football field. The total cost is current- ly estimated at $117,600, which will include $107,000 for the total constructkm cost, $5000 fee for the en- gineering firm of Shrout Tare Wilson, and $5000 contingency fee. According to facilities director Burnsy Stewart. the school district has re- ceived 835.1)00 in insnr- ance toward the replace- ment the lights damaged on a single stadium light pole that was blown over in a Nov. I. 2013 wind storm. All examination of tile fidlen pole revealed that structural weakness was to blame, and the remain- ing three poles were taken down and scrapl)ed. Initial estimates for replacement of the poles were as high as $250,000. A special called board meeting to address the sti- pend issue will be held to- night Thumday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the Board Of_ rice Annex. Fried Chicken Dinner Friday, May 9, 2014 Adults: 13 & up: $8.00 Kids: 12 & under: $3.00 Under 3: Free 1 l:00a.m to 2:00p.m. 4:00p.m to 7:00p.m. April 20, about two suspi- cious individuals in a truck selling tools in the parking lot of Town and Country Food Mart in Sharpsburg. Sutherland responded to the scene to find tile truck no kruger there. After talk- ing with store clerks, he located the vehicle as it returned to the store and asked to talk with the two individuals in it. He noted that the driver, Christopher Miles, 34, of Mt. Sterling, said that he was in the process of mov- ing to Bethel, and the pas- sengeL Matthew Sorrell, 29, of Sharpsburg, said that he was selling tools for gas money. he requested a search of the truck's bed, the two men reluctantly pulled back only half of the bed covel; revealing two bags of tools, which Sorrell claimed were his own. Sutherland requested to see the resl of the truck's bed and discovered many more items. Azl inventory he took of the contents included ten batteries, including batteries for a Ford tractoL bulldozers, and smaller cars; elec- tric motors possibly from air conditioners; seven electric tools, including a Sawz-All, grinders, and a $2000 concrete drill; four bags of hand tools, includ- OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, MAY 4TH, 2014 2-4PM 197 Treadway Drive Owingsville, KY 40360 I Very well maintained Brick )" t ~, eneer th'ree Bedroom, t~ o full Bai~h home on extra spacious .95 acre lot. I,arge Living room, Den with Stone Fireplace, Kitchen/ I)ining and Utility room. 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The truck was regis- tered to a .Jesse Miles of Strait on, who Christopher Miles identified as his un- cle, During the process of searching the vehicle and cataloging the tools found iu iI, Sutherland said |:hat several people in the area came forward to say that they had purchased tools from Miles and Sorrell. Others who came to the scene began identifying items that belonged to them that had been report- ed stolen. A number of the items found, im;luding the con- crete drill, hand tools, and electric heater, were possibly taken from Lynn "Blackie" Harman, of Bethel, who had recently reported a burglary to Kentucky State Police. 'I'rooper Snowden also identilied some of tile items as having been pre-. viou sly reported stolen. Sutherland said that arrest warrants for both Christopher Miles and Matthew Sorrell were is- sued last Wednesday. Sorrell was arrested on Friday afternoon and charged with third degree burglary and theft by un- lawful taking from a build- ing, under $10,000. He is currently lodged in the Montgomery County Re- gi(mal Jail. Miles remains at large at the time the News-Outlook went to press on Tuesday. Sutherland said that the Bath Counb, Sheriff's Of- rice has been receiving an average of two burglary reports a day, with many of the most recent burglaries happening in the Sharps- burg, Bethel, Preston, and Kendall Springs communi- ties. He said that the Sher- iff's Office is stepping up patrols around the county in order to discourage fur- ther burglaries. If you see anything sus- picious, do not hesitate to report it to contact the Bath County Sheriff's of_ rice during business hours at 674-2931, Bath CounD' Dispatch at 674-2006, or Kentucky State Police in Morehead at 606-784-4127. Kenneth Haggard Manager Plumbing Electrical Supplies Kitchen Cabinets Bathroom Vanities Light Fixtures 1109 Forest Ave. / Maysville, KY 41056 [office Phone: (606)564-3335! 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