School system aces audit

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By Kate Darnell

The Harrison County school system received a passing grade on its most recent audit report.

At Tuesday evening’s school board meeting, Rupert White, representing White and Associates, said he isn’t disappointed with Harrison County schools and their “stable, conservative” finances.

“You’re an excellent school district,”ee^White told board members, adding that Harrison County had faired better than a lot of other school districts.

White said there are no financial statement findings in his audit of the school system.

Other business at Tuesday’s school board meeting included:

•Board chairman Ed Taylor announced the resignation of vice-chairman Lucy Vanhook due to conflicts with her work schedule.

Taylor said Vanhook will be missed.

“We wish Lucy the best of luck in all her future endeavors,” Taylor said.

•The board approved three separate motions relating to the Community Education Center renovation and classroom expansion.

The board granted approval for a fee proposal-contract with Ross Tarrant Architects, not to exceed $6,700.

The board also granted approval for a revised BG-1 in the amount of $38,025, pending KDE approval.

The board granted approval for a schematic design and development, BG-2 and BG-3 forms, pending KDE approval.

•Tammy Klapheke, director of food service, presented the 2009 nutrition and physical activity report card to board members.

Klapheke said the school system’s goal is to feed 3,000 students a day and that there is an increase in the amount of students eating breakfast at the schools.

Klapheke thanked cafeteria management and staff.

The board approved the 2009 nutrition and physical activity report card.

•The board approved the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan.

Cindy Hill, elementary supervisor of instruction, said the information for the plan was submitted by the schools, with focus on how students are responding.

Jenny Lynn Hatter, secondary supervisor of instruction, said the plan will be more user-friendly in years to come.

•Director of pupil personnel Lloyd Ogden presented the third month’s attendance report to board members.

“We’re running about one percent below last year,” Ogden said, adding that 41 percent of students had perfect attendance for the third month.

Ogden said a committee is beginning to view calendar options for the next school year.

“We’ve got about six schedules we’re looking at,” he said.

Ogden said he will have dates for the start of next school year and fall break for the board to vote on at next month’s meeting.

Board members approved the attendance report.

•Board members approved Harrison County High School and Northside Elementary fundraisers.

•The board approved the HCMS speech team overnight trips to the KESDA speech tournament in Lexington,  March 11-13 and the KHSSL speech tournament March 18-20 in Bowling Green, Ky.

•The board approved the HCHS Food and Nutrition classes’ out-of-state field trip to Fairfield, Ohio.