HOWARD — The East Knox school family honored long-time secretary Caryl Friel during Wednesday’s school board meeting. Friel, now retired, served the district for 25 years and the board passed a formal resolution to recognize her contributions and dedication which helped to “make East Knox a better place for kids.”
Treasurer Jessi Busenburg told the News on Thursday the rest of the meeting was largely routine.
Regarding personnel, the board hired Joseph Demczyk as the 21st Century Grant site coordinator and approved Tara Sheldon as a tutor for the 21st Century Grant, both to be paid through 21st Century Grant funds. The board also employed Alyssa Fuller as a healthy lifestyle coach, to be paid from the federal PEP grant fund. The board added Angela Rine and Caryl Friel to the classified substitute list and approved supplemental contracts for Danielle McKown as head softball coach and Eric Woodard as JV softball coach.
In addition to approving routine fiscal actions, the board accept an engagement letter from Kennedy Cottrell Richards for audit services related to the Medicaid School Program. Federal law requires the audit services. The board also approved an educational support service agreement with the Knox County Educational Service Center at a cost of $6.50 per pupil. Busenburg said that is a decrease from the $19 per pupil previously paid. A service agreement with Southeast Security for alarm monitoring was approved and the board accepted a quote from Apple for replacement computers for the elementary school. The computers will be paid for with permanent improvement funds. The board approved the purchase of Spark equipment kits and pedometers and cases for grades kindergarten through grade 12, to be paid with federal PEP grant monies.
Other actions included the approval of an FCCLA overnight trip to the national leadership conference in Orlando, Fla., in July, to be paid from FCCLA/Career Tech funds and the approval of a list of 2012 graduates pending successful completion of all requirements.
No further action was taken.
There will be a community meeting at Bladensburg on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. to discuss the facilities study report and related issues. An additional community meeting will be held at the middle school Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m.