Board of Ed Congratulates Many and Approves Purchases

andersoncountyschoolThe Anderson County Board of Education held their monthly meeting last night.  The meeting opened with Superintendent Sheila Mitchell recognizing and congratulating a number of members of the school system including the ACHS Culinary Cats who won the state championship, Chance Wayne for finishing second place overall for archery, Saffell Street teacher Beth Harley and resident Linda Robinson for publishing their book Patty Platypus Dreams Big, ACHS marching band winning the grand championship at a band competition, and ACHS art teachers Chris Wilder and Jenny Kittenger for being selected to have their artwork on display at the new fine arts building at the University of Kentucky.

The meeting then went on to discuss finances and safety.  The board approved a working budget, and district assurances were approved to allow for federal funding.  A safety update was provided concerning incident command training, 911 facilities, and audits.  The board also approved donations for the Anderson County Middle School football field and several fundraisers for the other schools before approving several field trips.

The board then approved four major purchases.  The first two involved technology purchases including 6 mini laptop carts and charging/storage bases for $7,084.20 and 220 Chrome laptops for the elementary schools for $45,202.78.  The third purchase for $6,000 was for the middle school to purchase a site wide license for NEWSELA which will provide news articles at varying reading levels and content to the students.  And the final purchase was for football uniforms which will cost $12,000, where the board will pay $4,500 of the cost with the balance coming from fundraisers.

Before adjourning, there were a few more items on the agenda.  ACHS will be selling used text books for reuse, and if they can’t sell them, they will donate them to families or send them overseas to countries needing books.  After a few more items, the meeting was adjourned.

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