, Corbin, KY

March 19, 2014

Williamsburg schools still on schedule

Last day for students remains May 28; Memorial Day still make-up snow day

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Barring any changes with the weather or in Frankfort, Williamsburg Independent Schools will have their final day for students on Wednesday, May 28.

Superintendent Denny Byrd told board members at Tuesday’s regular meeting that as of now, the district will use Monday, May 26 — Memorial Day — as a make-up snow day, with the last day for students being May 28.

Thursday, May 29, continues to be staff closing day for the Williamsburg school district.

Byrd said at the session he was still waiting on what the state will do with the school calendar.

“You have to go 1,062 hours,” he told board members, referring to the number of instructional hours required in a school year.

A bill to let school districts in the state have snow relief from this winter’s weather passed in the State Senate Monday. Their version of the bill lets school boards submit revised calendars to the state department of education to adjust for time lost due to snow and harsh weather. It now goes to the Kentucky House of Representatives.

In his Superintendent’s comments, Byrd gave an update on technology in the school district, adding the schools are projected to replace their old phone system with new upgrades, along with making an application grant for more than $18,000. It was noted the grant would pay for 80 percent of the cost of the new phone system.

He said the district was hoping to have money in the new budget for technology, and that some new equipment was purchased, including computers and six all-in-one desktop printers.

In his update, Byrd said the second phase of the playground had been purchased, which the district hopes to put in when the winter weather breaks. He mentioned the Williamsburg City School building “has plenty of space now, with the new addition” (to the school), and that earlier Tuesday, their high school juniors took the ACT test.

“Out of 61 junior students, 60 showed up,” said Byrd.

He also noted Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear would visit the school at 11 a.m. Thursday to participate in a reading program with the fifth-grade class.

In their comments during the meeting, the Williamsburg Education Association had no new business to report, but said the recent Program Review Days at the school “have been very positive.”

In actions taken at Tuesday’s meeting, board members approved the Capital Funds request form for debt service.

“We have a little bit of excess for debt money. We want to send that form in and send that money over to the General Fund,” Byrd said.

The district plans on sending $53,000 to the General Fund. It was noted the school board did budget that amount to go into that fund.

The board also approved using Forcht Bank for banking services, effective from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2016. In addition, the minutes, monthly bills and Treasurer’s Report were approved.

Before the meeting ended, Board Member Kim Williams mentioned the district signed a lease with the Comp Care substance abuse program. It allows Comp Care to move into a separate building on the school property beginning April 1.