By SHARON K. HALL
Knott County school district Superintendent Kim King received outstanding grades from the Board of Education members during her annual evaluation. Board members revealed the results of the evaluation during the regular scheduled meeting on June 12. The ten performance standards were discussed in open session. Board chair Randy Combs announced that King received outstanding marks for each of the 10 standards a superintendent’s evaluation includes as required by state.The overall response from each of the members was positive with no negative comments.
Gladys Epperson stated, “As a new board member I have been overwhelmed with her and [her ability to obtain what is needed]. She goes above and beyond and finds a way to deal with what is needed.” Combs offered, “She hires the best person for the job.”
“She holds everybody accountable. It shows – the grades are going up and up,” said Tim Smith.
Epperson elaborated, “She lets you know if you are doing a good job. She praises good work and she makes sure you understand what you need to do in a positive way.”
Tim Smith stated, “She can tell you your weaknesses and suggest what to do to improve. She doesn’t just put people in their positions, she monitors them. This takes extra time but she does it.”
Combs noted, “She surrounds herself with strong people. Ms. King hires good people.”
New this year, the state requires substitute teachers to apply for their emergency substitute teaching certificate online. Furthermore, Ky Educational Professional Standards Board suggest that during a board meeting a set number of substitute teachers allocated for the 2012-2013 school year. Last year approximately 143 substitute teachers were hired. The board acted on this matter by allocating 150 spots.
Randy Combs made a motion to hire Ron Combs as the board attorney for 2012-2013. He has been the Knot County school board attorney for 21 years.
“Mr. Combs is top notch, a class act,” said the board chair.
Ron Combs will once again serve as their attorney.
Other actions taken were approval for transportation/ maintenance bids, septic tank bids, soft drink vending bids, and photography bids. The companies awarded for the transportation/ maintenance department bids were: tires and tubes – Hindman Tire Auto Parts NAPA, Parsley’s Tires, and Johnny Wheels; batteries – Interstate Batteries and Hindman Tire Auto Parts NAPA; lubricants and antifreeze- Childers Oil and Key Oil Company; filters – Hindman Tire Auto Parts NAPA, Republic Diesel, and Car Quest., bus parts and supplies – American Bus, Bluegrass International, Hindman Tire Auto Parts NAPA, Kimbell Midwest, and Ridgeway Distributors; fuel and gas – Childers Oil; transportation physicals – Knott County Family Healthcare; fire protection inspections and supplies – Hazard Fire and Safety; maintenance materials – Hindman Promart.; and, used oil- Hearttland Petroleum.
B & C Septic Tank Service was awarded the bid for septic tank services. The board awarded Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola the soft drink bids to give a bigger variety to the schools.
Photography bids awarded were M & M Photo, Moments in Time, Photo Genius, Forever Memories and Image Photography, Portrait EFX, and Lifetouch.
KCC Spanish teacher Allison Jacobs requested approval for a class trip to Costa Rica for the summer of 2013 for Spanish students. They are planning to have some fundraisers to help students raise some of the money to pay for the trip, but the cost will be primarily the responsibility of the students and parents. The cost of the trip is estimated at $2,244 per person. At least six people must enroll in the program in order for the trip to formulate. The board approved the travel abroad trip to Costa Rica.
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