During the Middlesboro Board of Education meeting on Feb. 21, the board voted to approve the creation of a new position for an instructional coordinator, renew the superintendent’s contract and accept an offer of assistance for technology from the Kentucky Educational Technology System.
The instructional coordinator position could include organizing and setting the instructional curriculum for the district and observing principals. The salary and specifications are to be determined.
“We’re getting ready to go through a complete change in our assessment systems and our curriculum (from Kentucky Educational Development Corporation), expectations from legislators. We’re on the edge of all of that changing and I think our district is trying to get in front of that to give our teachers, principals and kids the support they need to be successful and move forward,” said Superintendent Steve Martin.
The board considered an early approval of Martin’s contract, which will be effective July 1 of this year. After much debate and discussion regarding a pay raise, new board member training and opening the hiring process to other applicants, the vote was 3-to-2 for approval of the two-year renewal.
KETS also gave the board assistance in the amount of $9,707 for technology from the School Facilities Construction Commission, which the board approved. This money is a type of matching funds assistance which could be spent on a total of nearly $20,000 of technology upgrades, infrastructure or equipment for the schools.
“We have an enormous amount of technology in our district and we’ve been very fortunate in this aspect,” said Martin. “Smartboard technology is kind of at the end and we have those in every classroom, so this is something that we might look into spending this money on. I want to keep our kids up front with the latest and best.”
Blue Bird school bus company representative Mark Parsons and ProVision video systems representative Angela Carr spoke to the board about camera systems for school buses in the district. The board is currently in discussion about the safety and financial impact of adding these to buses.
“Somewhere in or around a three-camera system could be all we’d need — a general camera in the middle of the bus, one in the back and one in the front would pick up everything you’d probably need to see in the bus. We’ll look at what best fits our needs,” said Martin.
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