Russell Co. superintendent makes good on pledge to reward school that saves the most energy, presents $7,100 check, says program will continue
Times Journal, Russell Springs, March 1, 2012

RSES rewarded for saving electricity
By John Thompson

Superintendent Kenny Pickett announced that Russell Springs Elementary received a check for $7,123, a reflection of the amount of savings shown in their electricity usage in January, 2012 as compared to the usage in J a n u a r y , 2010, at this month's meeting of the RC Board of Education.

The check is from a pledge Pickett made that the school that showed the most savings in the time frame mentioned above would see those savings realized through compensation for that amount.

"They got a huge check," said Pickett. "We're going to continue this. The district saved money, Russell Springs saved a lot of money, and we're looking at some way to make it even more competitive."

Jamestown Elementary hosted the February meeting of theRussell County Board of Education with production by various students who demonstrated to the board and audience various knowledge and skills learned in grade school. Whether it was how to make "4-3-2-1 Lemonade," a presentation of what it was like to be a
gold prospector during the 1849 California gold rush, demonstrating an active volcano, or giving a preview of what to expect from the yearly Jamestown Math Bowl, the students showed a good depth of knowledge and understanding of the material and poise in presentation.

Other items on the agenda:
• An amendment to the 2011- 12 school calendar was offered by Superintendent Pickett that recommended non-attendance by students and employees on March 9 and attendance for March 30 for employees and students. The amendment is due to teachers having most of their Professional Development days completed.

As of now there have been no missed days for the R u s s e l l C o u nty School System due to inclement weather or sickness. With the amendment the last day
of school for students will be on May 9, 2012 and the closing day for teachers will be May 10, 2012.
• The board passed the 2012- 2013 Staffing Allocations Formula presented to them with alterations. The revision being that the Russell County High School can either have two Assistant Principals or one Assistant Principal and a Curriculum Specialist, according to the needs determined by the local site-based school council.

Final staffing allocations are required to be given to sitebased councils by May 1, 2012. The revision does not change the overall number of staff allocated.

• The board voted to approve a board attorney approved contract with RBS Design Group for a owner/architect agreement for facility survey.

• The board voted to accept the Revised Kentucky School Facilities Planning Committee. Superintendent Kenny Pickett told the board that it was requested that one parent be added and two administrators be removed from the committee,
making it a 20 member committee.

• Tim Eaton was accepted as serving as Committee Hearing Officer for the committee.
• The board voted to accept $5,842 from the School Facilities Construction
Commission (SFCC) offer of assistance.

• Treasurer Marla Carnes gave the monthly report of the school districts financials: balance on hand at the beginning of the month $3,345,677.54, total of all receipts for the month $2,083,476.02, total of all receipts and beginning balance $5,429,153.56, disbursements $2,056,487.50, with the balance at the close of the month (cash in bank) $3,372,666.06, Fund Balances consisted of: General Fund $2,936,182.47, Special Projects $-536,179.81, Capital Outlay -$137,532.20, FSPK/Building $790,512.30, Construction $56,792.00, Food
Service $262,991.30, with a total cash in bank of all funds $3,372,666.06.

Carnes said that the negative balances of Special Projects Fund II and Capital Outlay Fund 310 are due to waiting on payments due through the state. With Fund II expecting payment by the end of February and Fund 310 recompense expected at the end of May or early June.

• Overnight and out of state trips approved by the board include a trip to KUNA in Louisville by the RCHS Y Club and a trip to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, for the RCHS World Language Club.

• Superintendent Pickett approved the following field trips: RCMS Cheerleaders to Adair County Middle school; LCATC-Automotive to Education Day in Louisville; RCHS FFA to Spencer County High School; RCHS Special Ed. to Center for Rural Development in Somerset; UCES 4th and 5th grade to ANC; UCES all students to ANC.
• The board voted to adopt the Local Wellness Policy as presented by the Local Education Authority.

•The following personnel were added to the school system:
Lesa Whittle - Emergency
Certified Substitute Teacher;
Kim Haydon - Classified
Substitute; Whitney Ellis -
Emergency Certified Substitute
Teacher; Alicia Dye - resigning
as of 3/1/2012; Vivian Lane.
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