During a recent special called meeting of the Harlan Independent Board of Education, Superintendent C.D. Morton asked that a full-time aide and a part-time aide at Sunshine Pre-School along with a full-time Special Education teaching position at the middle/high school be approved.
Morton said a year or so ago the district had a reduction in their IDEA budget, as well as a reduction in students at Sunshine.
“We adjusted the budget accordingly. Since then the numbers have gone back up in Sunshine and our budget was significantly better than expected,” Morton said. “In consultation with Mrs. (Shannon) Lawson (director of Special Education) and Mrs. (Pat) Bryson (director of Sunshine Pre-School), the need has always been there, but they have just tried to make do without it. We’ve got the need to support another full-time aide at Sunshine.
“The part-time position, we now have a student that necessitates a full-time person with them. We don’t have the capability servicing that right now. We’ve been servicing that with a substitute teacher coming in and filling that role. Both of those positions are included in the original budget that we had for the school year. What we talked about was we wanted Sunshine’s enrollment to be stable before we put those people on the books in August. They have been in session and it’s a pretty stable position over there. The need is stable as well.
“The teaching position is another one of those deals where once you enter into a contract and hire a teacher you can’t back up and punt on that. We have the need to support another full-time staff person in terms of the number of special needs students we have in middle/high school. I think it will provide some much needed relief for the current staff members. More importantly it will provide additional instruction for our students.”
Upon the superintendent’s recommendation, the board voted to approve all three positions.
In other action:
*Approved a contract with Xerox for copier services for the district and Air Source Technology for asbestos management documentation;
*Approved 2015-2016 working budget;
*Went into executive session per KRS 61.810 (1) Moore v. BB&T, et al. Returned out of session and gave Morton authority to proceed in the case;
*Set next meeting for Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Learning Center.
*Approved consent agenda. Morton added in an attendance/enrollment report freshmen had the highest attendance rate in the last five years. He said they had 96 percent attendance. He said three groups in the elementary school, one in the middle school and two in the high school had 95 percent attendance for the last few months.
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