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News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper May 17, 2018 - 7 O 0 O O 0 pl 0 By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com Bath County School Dis- trict's Director of Trans- portation and Facilities barely held onto his job after the Board of Educa- tion failed to eliminate his position in a 2-3 vote during a special called meeting on Monday evening Board members Hur- schell Rawlings and Eric Conkwright voted in favor of eliminating the posi- tion, while Brenda Holder, Christy Shaw, and John Steele voted against elimi- nating it. At the beginning of the meeting, Board Chairman Rawlings said he wished to make the proposal due to concerns over the district's budget. "I have looked over ev- erything I could possibly look over, and I would like to have a discussion on eliminating the position - one says director of trans- portation, another says director of facilities. I'm not sure about the nomen- clature of it, but it all falls under the same position. I would like to see us elimi- nate that position, if pos- sible," Rawlings said. Tony Roth was hired as Transportation and Facili- ties Director in July 2015 following the retirement of Gary "Burnsy" Stewart, who held both positions for 12 years. In 2015 there was some discussion by board mem- bers to split up the position, but in the end they voted in June 2015 to advertise the position as a single, certi- Photo by Cecil Lawson Bath County School District Director of Transportation and Facilities, Tony Roth, standing right, speaks in his own defense during a special called board meeting Monday evening to discuss eliminating his position in order t.o save money. Sitting, from left, Supt. Harvey Tackett, Board member Eric Conkwright, Board Chairman Hurschell Rawlings, and Board Secretary Karen Ratliff. Conkwright and Rawlings both voted to eliminate the position, with the other three board members voted against it. fled position. Roth was previously employed in several ad- ministrative roles, includ- ing Superintendent, in the Fleming County School District. Supt. Harvey Tackett presented board mem- bers with several docu- ments prepared by district Finance Officer Brittany Combs which included a savings comparison chart for 2014-2019; a compari- son between Bath County and surrounding counties in number of directors' po- sitions; and a list of added responsibilities for all of Bath County's current di- rector's positions. He said that over the past four years, the district has saved $678,000 by not filling a number of district- level director's positions af- ter retirements, as well as another $417,300 in addi- tional district level saving. Tackett said that he knows that the district, under present budget con- straints, will be facing fur- ther reductions and that he and Finance Officer Combs are "cognizant and resourceful of Bath County taxpayer's dollars." 'q'his is not the right time," Tackett said of the proposal to eliminate the position. "It is the worst time. It sets a negative precedent. We have a very positive work environment. A meeting like this is not how we keep a positive environment. Eliminating any position is not in the best interest of the school district." Tackett said that he and Combs would continue to look for ways to reduce spending and noted that the district would be sav- ing an additional $420,000 in 2019 because of a reduc- tion in 10 teaching posi- tions district-wide. Board member John Steele asked what are the job duties of the Transpor- tation/Facilities Director. Tackett noted that the position oversees all 26 bus routes on a daily ba- sis as well as all building maintenance. "There is lot of accountability and high stress," Tackett said. Steele noted that if the positionis eliminated, those responsibilities will have to be taken up by someone. He also re- lated a story in which he witnessed the back lights out on a bus carrying one of his children this past winter, and he was able to quickly call Roth, who brought'in the bus for re- pairs immediately. "I am totally against this," Steele said in regard to eliminating the position. Board member Eric Conkwright asked if the position needed to be held by certified staff. Tackett responded that it weakened the position if it was a classified position. "With all the training hours and certification and years of experience, there is no substitute for that," Tackett said. Chairman Rawlings al- lowed Roth to address board members. Roth said that when he interviewed for the position three years ago, he pledged his loyalty to Supt. Tackett. He also doubted that there was anyone in the district, ex- cept Tackett, who put in more hours in his job than himself. "I love Bath County, and I know you've got to look after money. I hope you'll consider that. That's all I've got to say," Roth said. Board member Brenda Holder said that a different skillset focused on commu- nications and writing is the difference between hav- ing classified and certified staff in director's positions. She also said that, if a position is eliminated, it cannot just be recreated, according to state law. Tackett added, 'q'he board felt it best three years ago to keep it a cer- tiffed position. We need a leadership team at the dis- trict level that's Certified." Conkwright then asked they could have a study done of ways to address the 85 percent of the dis- trict budget going toward personnel salaries, a mat- ter that was brought up in previous meetings during budget discussions. Tackett reminded Conk- wright that Combs had said that the percentage would be down to 83 per- cent this year and possibly lower by the end of the 2018-19 school year. He also said that they had already agreed to look at further reducing costs by revising the existing sal- ary schedules and stipend schedules to take advan- tage of upcoming retire- ments and new hires. He added that Combs is currently working to com- pile data on these potential changes. Conkwright also asked if there would be a differ- ence in salary in having a certified versus classified person in the position. Combs said that the posi- tion is currently certified, so there is no classified salary schedule for the po- sition and that the CERS retirement for classified staff is almost as high as certified staff. Following the call from Chairman Rawlings for a vote on eliminating the position, the meeting was adjourned. J 4 6 4 t Try the $5 KC BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Basket is BACK Try 1 of the 5 Summer Blizzard Treats Cups Election Signs Window Decals UK Wooden Signs Signs Monogrammed Give us a call for and Personalized more details & a Items price quote. s 4x800 Meter Champions: Abby Henderson, ,Isabella Copher, Carrie Staviski, Kristin Riddle By Coach Rick Staviski The TRACKCATS com- peted in the KHSAA Region 7A Track & Field Champi- onship at Russell on Satur- day, May 12 on a near 90 windy afternoon. The Girls finished 3rd and the Boys 5th in the Championship Meet. The Girls Team will send athletes in seven dif- ferent event and the Boys will compete in four events. The Mixed Unified Team will compete in one event. The Class 'A' State Meet is Thursday May 17th with the first events starting at 4:00pm at the University of Kentucky Track & Field Complex in Lexington Individuals and Relay Teams Earning Automatic Bids as Region Champions include the Girls 4x800 Meter Relay Team of Car- fie Staviski, Kristin Riddle, Isabella Copher & Abby Henderson. The G'wls fin- ished the race in a time of 11:20.56. Madelyne English in the Discus Throw and the Shot Put. She completed a Discus throw of 99-08 and a Record Shot Put throw of 34-04.75. Taylor Purvis cleared 10-00.00 in the Pole Vault to earn the Region crown. Earning Automatic Bids as Region Runner Up in- cluded the Girls 4x400 Me- ter Relay Team of Amelia Oldfield, Krisfin Riddle, Carrie Staviski & Abby Hen- derson. The Girls finished the race in a Season Best time of 4:49:31. Amelia Old- field in the 400 Meter Dash with a Personal Record time of 1:05.89, Kaylee Staviski in the Pole Vault with a height of 7-00.00 and James Over- holser in the 3200 Meter Run in a time of 11:00.09. Earning at Large Bids on Performance was the Mixed Unified 2x50 Relay Team of Austin Bowling and Jaycie Bussell finishing the relay in a time of 26.20. The Boys 4x800 Meter Relay Team of Caleb Bowen, Eric Townsend, Hunter Middle- ton & James Overholser finished their race in a Sea- son Best time of 9:08.80. The Boys 4x200 Meter Re- lay Team of Alden Oldfield, Landon Swartz, Donovan Holder & Quentin Lewis. The Team finished with a Season Best time of 1:36.93. 1st Team All-Region 7A Honors go to Carrie Stavis- ki-Krisfin Riddle-Isabella Copher-Abby Henderson (4x800). Amelia Oldfield- Carrie Staviski-Kristin Riddle-Abby Henderson (4x400). Madelyne English (ShoO. Madelyne English (Discus). Amelia Oldfield (400 Meters). Kaylee Stavis- ki (Pole Vault). Taylor PUr- vis (PoleVault). James Over- holser (3200 Meters). 2nd Team All-Region 7A Colton Thornsburg Owner 859-473-4175 or 606-336-4633 2248 Upper Concord Road Carlisle, KY 40311 Find us on Facebook Honors go to Krisfin Riddle (800 Meters). Isabella Co- pher (1600 Meters). Isabel- la Copher (3200 Meters). Amelia Oldfield (200 Me- ters). Kylie Willis (Discus). Eric Townsend (800 Me- ters). Caleb Bowen (1600 Meters). Caleb Bowen (3200 Meters). Gabe Jones (Discus). James Overhol- ser (1600 Meters). Caleb Bowen-James Overholser- Hunter Middleton-Eric I Townsend (4x800). Dono- van Holder-Landon Swartz- Alden Oldfield-Quentin Lewis (4x200). Caleb Bow- en-Taylor Purvis-Donovan Holder-Eric Townsend (4x400). The TRACKCATS now prepare for the KHSAA Class 'A' State Track & Field Championship to be held at the University of Kentucky Track & Field Complex on Thursday May 17th. 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