HUNTSVILLE — There won’t be a trip to New York City for Scott High’s seniors this year due to an unexpected increase in the cost, the Scott County Board of Education was informed here Thursday evening.
Scott High Principal Melissa Rector informed the board that both bidders on the NYC trip submitted bids some $300 per student above last year’s cost.
This year’s bids — to accommodate 30 students to be bussed to NYC and back — was around $1100 per student, said Rector, which several students who had planned to go simply could not afford.
“We will give them some type of trip, but it will not be something we have to bid,” she stated.
After striking that item from the agenda, the board, meeting in its regular monthly session, then voted to approve a bid submitted by Southeast Student Tours for the year-end trip for the Middle School Beta Club trip.
In other business, the board:
• Approved an overnight trip for Scott High students to attend the SCOPE Conference in Nashville on March 10;
• Voted to extend the road life of 11 school buses which have been utilized for more than 12-years. Ten buses were earmarked for a 13 to 15 year utilization, while one was authorized for a 16 to 17 year period. Only the latter will require a $385 per year inspection fee to be kept on the road, it was pointed out;
• Authorized the annual board members’ trip for the “Day on the Hill” meeting with members of the Tennessee General Assembly set for the Capitol in Nashville on Feb. 18;
• Renewed a maintenance contract with Hobart Equipment Company in the amount of $9,108.05 to maintain dishwashers in Scott County school cafeterias;
• Approved a revision of a board policy concerning prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions, on the recommendation of the Tennessee School Boards Association. The measure was passed on first reading, and waived the second reading; and,
• Approved two budget amendments, one in the General Purpose School Budget and another in the Special Education IDEA Pre-School Budget.
Prior to the start of the business session of Thursday evening’s meeting, the board recognized the January “Volunteers of the Month.”
Those recognized were Carla Taylor, Burchfield Elementary; Connie Whaley, Fairview Elementary; Robyn Massey, Huntsville Elementary; Patricia Huntsville Middle; Donna Buttram, Robbins Elementary; Kelsi Laverdiere, Scott High; and Debbie Byrd, Winfield Elementary.
Also, Director of Schools Bill Hall’s monthly personnel report was made a part of Thursday evening’s agenda.
Actions taken by Hall since the board’s last meeting were the hiring of Jeanne Craig as substitute cook, Andrew Adkins as a substitute teacher, and Ronna Joy Newport as a substitute custodian.
Transfers and/or reassignments were granted to Mark Proffit, from Huntsville Elementary to Huntsville Middle as a physical education teacher; and Stephen Burress, from Huntsville Middle to Huntsville Elementary as a P.E. teacher.
And, finally, April Pendergrass, a teacher at Robbins Elementary, was granted a leave of absence effective on January 6.