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School board approves salary step increase for teachers

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Grant purchases $41,817 in new technology

By Meaghan Downs

The school board unanimously approved a salary step increase for Anderson County school district teachers during its April meeting on Monday night.
Teachers received a salary step increase — a raise in pay based on years of teaching and experience — and a 1 percent raise for 2012-2013.
A raise in pay will not be possible for next fiscal year’s budget, Finance Officer Nick Clark said Monday night, recommending the board approve the current certified and classified salary schedule minus any raise.
The draft budget, which will be presented to the board in May before heading to the state for approval, includes about $360,000 more in personnel expenses for 2013-2014.

High school, middle school to receive new computers
Anderson County High School will be purchasing 30 Lenoro computers at a total $26,794 in state contract pricing for its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) lab and $15,023 in middle school computers and monitors, thanks to a grant.
According to Chief Information Officer Bret Foster, the high school and the middle school both were granted the Energy Pipeline grant to purchase the newtechnology.

Board approves $7,940
for math textbooks
The school board unanimously approved to purchase $7,940 in Intro to College math books for the Anderson County High School. Textbooks will be purchased using collected student fees.
School board president James Sargent expressed his dislike of collecting student fees to purchase textbooks.
“I personally do not like the idea that we have to collect money to purchase books,” he said, adding that he hopes the community will write to their representatives and legislators about the issue.   

District to receive
 two new school buses
The school district will be receiving two new 72-passenger school buses for the upcoming fall after an unanimous vote of the school board Monday.  
The buses, which will cost the board a total of $88,950 through vendor Bluebird, will come equipped with an AM/FM intercom system, as well as four cameras.
The expense for purchasing buses will not be applied until next fiscal year, Finance Officer Nick Clark said.

Board renews auditor, school picture contracts  
The school board renewed a yearly $12,500 contract with independent auditor Denise Keene, CPA. This is the fourth year the board has used Keene’s services.
Finance Officer Nick Clark said the board may need to look at another auditor for next year because the state recommends districts only use the same auditor for about 3-5 years.
Life Touch NSS will remain the vendor the district uses for school photos.
The board unanimously approved to remain with Life Touch NSS — Richard Zielke of Bardstown.
Director of Student Services Derek Shouse said Life Touch was the lowest bid, had the lowest prices and still allowed the district to make commission as a fundraiser.

Treasurer and Finance
Officer bonds renewed
The board also renewed a treasurer bond for Cammie Alexander at $416.36, and a finance officer bond at $476.42 for 2013-2014.

Main Source
to be bank depository
Finance Officer Nick Clark said the only bid proposal he received for bank depository was Main Source, who offered a two year bid with a third year option at a rate of .30 percent.

Board renews technology maintenance contract
The board will also renew a $15,272 contract with Enterasys for switch and wireless systems for district technology maintenance.
The contract cost will be split between the general fund and technology funds, Chief Information Officer Bret Foster said.

Superintendent
recognizes FFA students
Superintendent Mitchell recognized the Anderson County High School FFA small power team — Jarrod Cubert, Dallas Vaughn, James Tingle and Nick Hume — who took first place in a recent competition and will be moving on to compete at the Kentucky state fair in August. The small power engine team works on aspects of small engine theory, identifying parts and problems.
The FFA agricultural team also gave a 15-minute “practice” presentation to prepare for a June competition at the state FFA convention.