School Board convenes for regular meeting

SETH DUKES

Newsroom Coordinator


The Meade County Board of Education held its June meeting last Tuesday, and it began in a different way than it has in the past. Superintendent Mark Martin said that they had researched whether they could open the meetings with a prayer, and they discovered they could. Each month, faith leaders from the community will be opening the District’s monthly meeting with a short prayer. Greg Beavin provided the opening prayer for this meeting.

Martin said that the Kentucky Board of Education has approved the district’s facilities plan, which will allow them to move forward for the next five years with construction projects in the district. The priority projects are within the David T. Wilson and Flaherty Elementary systems. Martin said that, though they do not have a construction update this month, he has met with representatives from Sherman Carter Barnhart and expects to have one in the near future.

“We’re excited about these upcoming projects,” said Martin. “They’re going to be very positive for our students.”

The Board then voted on insurance packages for the district, deciding to stay with the companies they’ve worked with in the past. Savings were found in the workers’ compensation coverage, but rate increases in the other lines of coverage, resulting in an overall increase of approximately 11 percent. The average increase in insurance cost for districts across the state is between 12 and 13 percent.

The district saw a net increase in their general fund balance for the month of May of approximately $262,000. For the current year to date, the district saw an increase in their fund balance of almost $5,000,000. However, a large percentage of that figure will be used to pay all three months of summer pay for employees, so the district’s normal expenditures will be tripled. Still, they expect to have an increase in their fund overall for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

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