MOUNT VERNON — Special guests at the Knox County Career Center school board meeting on Thursday included Carolyn Addair, Danville Board of Education; and Jason Rogers, Centerburg Board of Education. Also in attendance were summer maintenance and custodial staff, whom the board formally complimented for their hard work over the summer. The grounds crew and student workers were also thanked for their “awesome” work and for being undeterred by the heat.
Regarding personnel, the board accepted the resignation of special education aide Joellen McGuire and hired Dave McGough as a full-time instructor, with time split between the day school computer integrated manufacturing class and the adult education manufacturing technology class. It also approved Kelly Hawkins as a half-time pre-professional mentorship instructor, with board member Jody Goetzman abstaining from that vote. The board employed Sarah Aleshire as an English teacher and added Roger Marra to the classified substitute list, confirmed various other personnel assignments and advanced Tammy Klein and Jolene Young on the salary schedule due to completion of requirements. Klein is the Business & Finance Academy instructor and Young teaches the career-based intervention class at Clear Fork Middle School.
Besides approving routine fiscal actions, the board accepted the donation of a CNC machine for the manufacturing technology lab. Mount Vernon Machine & Tool donated the machine and will provide training on the equipment. The board also approved a 100-percent property tax abatement for FT Precision, with the school to receive payments in lieu of taxes for a period of 15 years. These payments are equal to the taxes the business would be required to pay the district.
In other action, the board approved handbooks for adult education, preschool and KCCC faculty; and assorted field trips. It also adopted the Teacher Academy curriculum. Prior to adjournment, the board moved the date of the October meeting to Thursday, Oct. 28.