MOUNT VERNON — It was pretty much business as usual when the Knox County Educational Service Center school board met Wednesday, said Treasurer Heather Darnold.
Regarding personnel, the board accepted the resignation of 21st Century grant coordinator Kelly Hawkins and hired Dan Shuman on an as-needed basis to conduct short-term afterschool programs at the Alternative Center, to be paid through the 21st Century grant. Also regarding the Alternative Center, Ina Marie Curtis was employed as a special education tutor on an as needed basis and hired Pam Stewart as a classroom aide. The board contracted with Leah Clendening of Cornerstone Pediatric Therapy to provide physical therapy services for the 2010-11 school year and entered into an agreement with East Knox Local Schools to provide speech services two days per week. The board also approved a list of substitute teachers and substitute teacher aides and approved school bus drivers for Centerburg, East Knox and Fredericktown. It also employed a number of educational aides on behalf of the Clear Fork Local Schools.
In addition to approving routine fiscal actions, the board accepted the following grants: Early Childhood Education, $76,000; Alternative Center Challenge, $41,000; Parent Mentor, $25,000; Early Childhood Special Education, $29,661; Learn and Serve, $15,000; 21st Century, $350,000. The board also contracted with Health Assessment and Planning Partners for training and technical assistance associated with the 21st Century grant. Associated costs are to be covered by the grant.