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August 15, 2012

Staff members receive awards at Williamsburg School Board meeting

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer

Several staff members received awards at the Tuesday evening Williamsburg Independent School Board meeting.

 Ralph Prewitt, Jason Prewitt, Darrell Hendrix, Eddie Bailey, Patrick Ballew and Scott Prewitt were all awarded certificates for their hard work on the athletics field.

“For the second time, our school has been chosen by Pioneer Athletics to get selected to receive the Premier Field of Excellence award,” said Williamsburg Independent School Superintendent Dennis Byrd, adding that a banner would also be hung at the field.

Byrd also updated the board on some start of school information as well, reporting that school enrollment was up from last year by 41 students.

“On student count, we had 820 students enrolled at this time last year and this year we have 861 and we usually gain students through Labor Day, so we are growing and that is a good thing,” Byrd said.

He also informed the board that on Wednesday Aug. 29, there will be a CPR training in the cafeteria. “Middle school and high school coaches will be attending the course,” Bird said. The course will be taught by Emergency Medical Services Director Kelly Harrison. CPR training is a requirement for all head coaches.

The board also approved the 2013 Motor Vehicle and Watercraft Property Tax Rate Cerification.

“It is the same as last year,” Byrd said.

Also approved during the meeting was a cooperative membership agreement between the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation and Williamsburg Independent School for the 2012-2013 school year.

“There is no charge for membership this year due to the fact that they waived the membership fee and we are really happy about that,” Byrd said.

The annual financial report for the school year ending June 2012 was approved as well.

Williamsburg Education Association (WEA) President Meg Judd also addressed the superintendent and board regarding the first WEA meeting.

“The first meeting will be on Wednesday evening in the auditorium after the teacher’s meeting,” Judd said, adding that she had already been approached by teachers with important topics.

“One of the important topics that have already been discussed with me, is some of the teachers feeling like we are behind in our technology,” Judd said, adding that another topic mentioned to her had been some teacher’s interests in a site based council.

“We have a lot of young and new teachers that want to explore this,” Judd said, adding that she would discuss these topics and others with the board after the WEA meeting.

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