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CIS creates associate superintendent position

Calen McKinney


Campbellsville Independent Schools


Campbellsville Independent Schools is looking for another administrative leader.


During their regular meeting on Monday, July 10, Campbellsville Board of Education members voted to create an associate superintendent/chief operating officer position.


Kirby Smith, in his first meeting as superintendent, said creating the position will allow him more time to be an instructional leader and be involved with the happenings in each school building.


The associate superintendent/chief operating officer job description states that the candidate chosen for the job is an instructional leader, an administrator, knows how to communicate effectively with students, staff members, parents and within the community and knows how to effectively manage business partnerships as they pertain to construction and general facility maintenance.


The person chosen for the job will be responsible for District operations and school support services, along with assuming District operational decision making when the superintendent is absent.


According to the job description, the associate superintendent will be required to recommend fiscal policies, oversee construction and renovations, oversee buildings and grounds operations and maintain financial records, among other duties.


The job posting states that the associate superintendent/chief operating officer must have a valid Kentucky teaching certificate, superintendent certification and a minimum of five years of experience in administration.


Applications for the associate superintendent/chief operating officer position will be accepted through Thursday, Aug. 10.


For more information, visit www.cville.kyschools.us/employment.


Superintendent’s Report


In his first report as superintendent, Smith said his transition from Campbellsville High School principal to the District’s top leader is going well.


“First, I just want to say thank you to Mr. [Mike] Deaton and the Board of Education for the work that has been done thus far, during his tenure,” Smith said.


“This is the second time I’ve had to follow Mr. Deaton’s footsteps and I’ve got some big shoes I have to fill, but I’m looking forward to that.”


In 2008, Smith became assistant principal under then CHS Principal Mike Deaton. A year later, Smith became CHS principal as Deaton became superintendent.


Smith said he wants to thank Board of Education members for the opportunity to serve as superintendent.


“I look forward to working with each one of you as we continue great things for our students.”


Smith gave an update on the CES renovation project, which is nearly complete.


He said a floor in the kitchen area has been replaced, and the project should be closed in a few weeks.


Smith said the bleachers and press box at the CES campus should be installed by the end of the month.


Workers have spent many days preparing the elementary, middle and high school buildings for the upcoming school year, Smith said, and that work is about 90 percent complete.


The new concession stand at the CHS baseball field is also nearing completion, he said.


“All the principals are busy interviewing for some positions that we have and preparing for professional development.”


Smith said he learned recently that 18 students at CHS passed Advanced Placement exams last school year and will soon receive $100 for doing so. Teachers will also receive $100 for their students who passed the exam.


He said plans for the Central Kentucky Career Academy are going well. CIS is partnering with several local entities to establish that academy, which will provide classes for children and adults in the community. The academy will tentatively open for the 2018-2019 school year.


Smith said the District will soon have to create a plan to replace aging teacher workstations. He said Smart Boards will also need to be replaced in coming years.


Lastly, he said he would like Board members to consider meeting with him for some additional work sessions throughout the year.


Board Chair Pat Hall said she is looking at dates for those sessions, which will be open to the public, though no decisions will be made during the sessions.


Also at the Meeting:


  • An archery coaching position was created at Campbellsville middle and high schools.


Smith said offering archery will give more students the opportunity to become involved in school activities. The coach will be paid $1,800, and $3,500 will be allotted to begin the archery program.


He said archery is currently taught in physical education classes, and many students have shown an interest in it.


“I think it’s going to be one of those that takes off pretty quick,” he said.


Smith said the District has gauged interest in archery for the past few years, and he believes the program will be successful.


  • Board members approved revisions to the 2017-2018 salary schedule, first adopted in May.


The change will include an additional one-percent pay increase for certified staff members with a Rank 1 or Rank 2 who have 15 or more years in experience and an additional 25 cents per hour for classified staff members who have 20 or more years of experience.


Finance Director Chris Kidwell said he compared salaries from 12 other school districts to what Campbellsville Independent Schools pays its employees. He said CIS was comparable when it comes to starting pay, but paid less to those who have several years of experience. This change, he said, will help in that aspect.


  • A one-year athletic training agreement with Taylor Regional Hospital was approved. The agreement is for $10,000 and will provide additional athletic training services for students. Trainers will attend practices and home games.


  • Board Chair Pat Hall announced that the District will host the Kentucky School Boards Association Middle Cumberland Region meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26.


  • The 2017-2018 Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline Handbook was approved, as were District assurances for federal/state funding and fidelity bonds for the District’s finance officer, accounts payable clerks, principals, bookkeepers and tax collector.


  • Board members approved a FRYSC Corps agreement and a United Way funding application.


  • Kent Settle, instructional supervisor, was appointed to the Certified Evaluation Appeals panel, with Jeff Richardson, food services director and director of pupil personnel, as an alternate member.


  • Board members had final reading of a Kentucky School Boards Association policy update.


  • Kidwell presented the District’s financial report for June. Revenue was $800,659.34 and expenses were $1,950,265.64. Closing balance at the end of June was $3,389,425.23.


Kidwell said the District ended the fiscal year with about $2.7 million, which, when compared to the District’s finances at the end of the previous fiscal year, is only about $62,000 less.


When considering all the District purchased this year, Kidwell said, that amount is really, really good.


He said the District had to pay about $140,000 in tax reimbursements to Amazon this year, in addition to buying a new school bus, installing new bleachers and other upgrades at the football field on the CES campus and building a concession stand and restrooms at the CHS baseball field.


Of that $2.7 million, $500,000 is reserved for future construction and $120,000 is earmarked for employee sick leave payable.


Kidwell said the District’s construction fund stands at about $635,000, of which about $180,000 will be used to install the bleachers and press box at CES. The remainder will pay for the remaining balance on the CES renovation.


He said work is continuing in the cafeteria and kitchen area and on the awning and flooring, with work expected to be complete before the 2017-2018 school year begins.


Kidwell said he expects the CES project to be completed with about $200,000 left in contingency, which can be used for future construction projects.


  • The month’s personnel report includes:


  • New Employees – James Cheuvront, CHS custodian; Thomas Phillips, CMS custodian; and Ashley Goodin, CHS girls’ golf coach.


  • Transfers – Amanda Barnett, CES teacher; Libby Caulk, CES special education teacher; Anthony Epps, CHS special education teacher; Zach Lewis, CMS principal; David Petett, CHS principal; and Kirby Smith, superintendent.


  • Resigned Employees – Chance Cox, CHS instructional assistant; Amy Deaton, CHS special education teacher; and Sharon Fryman and Phylis Richardson, homebound teachers.


  • The Board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Board office. It is open to the public.

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