MADISONVILLE, Ky. — At the first Hopkins County Board of Education meeting since the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, MNHHS senior football players were honored.

Madisonville-North Hopkins High School Head Football Coach Jay Burgett and MNHHS Principal Tommy Ransom attended the meeting along with 14 senior players as they were recognized as the board’s first Game Changer Award winners for the #TeamHopkins initiative.

Superintendent Deanna Ashby said the board is doing something new and different this year, and it comes from the platform of One Team, One Mission, One Community — the Game Changer.

The Game Changer form went to all principals informing them if they have students that are “athletes in action” or groups of students or clubs involved in the community, then they can nominate that group.

“We want to encourage our students to be good citizens and to ‘pay it forward’,” said Ashby.

Ashby said MNHHS football team participated in a Relay for Life event, “Wipe-out.”

Although the whole football team participated, they wouldn’t have room for 70-80 players at a board meeting, they chose to bring in the seniors for the recognition, said Ashby.

Recognized football seniors were Anthony Anderson, Dylan Ashby, Logan Childs, Taylor Corbin, Tanner Crick, Dalen Gipson, Cory Hallum, Jake Hibbs, Dee Hutch, Jett Kik, Hans Niestrath, Hunter Purdy, Hunter Scott and Jyreke Stum.

Nominated by Browning Springs Middle School Principal Jason Clark, BSMS Head Custodian Dana Johnson was named as the Operational Employee of the Month for August.

Clark said Johnson understands that the school has the potential to be a source of community pride and that families want their children to attend. He said cleanliness of the school impacts its culture and that staff and students take ownership of a beautiful facility.

“We’ve received so many positive comments about how much cleaner our building is – inside and outside – since he has joined us,” said Clark. “Not only has he committed himself to improving our aesthetics, but he’s also retrained his staff so that they’re all working on the same goal — to make Browning Springs the best looking school in the district. Browning Springs is fortunate to having him, a caring, dedicated employee, who has made it his personal mission to restore pride in Browning Springs,” said Clark.

Karen Mackey, Director of Technology presented the Kentucky Department of Education Data Security and Breach Notification Best Practice Guide.

As part of the Annual Public School District Acknowledgement of Best Practices, each public school district must review and consider, in light of the needs of reasonable security, the most recent best practice guidance including the Data Security and Breach Notification Best Practice Guide, for personal information reasonable security. Each public school district must acknowledge to its own local board during a public board meeting prior to Aug. 31 of each year, that the district has reviewed the guidance and implemented the best practices that meet the needs of personal information reasonable security in that district.

She said Hopkins County Schools has a best practice guide and a plan to follow if there is a security breach.

Mackey said she is in a unique position.

“I truly love this opportunity. Coming fresh from the school to Central Office, I feel I can give a new perspective and, I appreciate the opportunity,” said Mackey.

Ashby said Mackey brings a fresh pair of eyes to point out efficiencies and inefficiencies and, “We are glad she is part of our team.”

Assistant Superintendent Tommy Burrough said the school system closed on the purchase of the Railroad Street property Friday, where the Hopkins County Academy will be housed.

“The tech people have been out, and they are in the process of mapping out what must be done to get the property student ready,” said Burrough.

It was approved for out-of-district, overnight or non-school sponsored events as requested by the principal of the school, subject to date rescheduling as necessary, for MNHHS-Hopkins County-Central High School FFA to travel by bus to Louisville, Aug. 18-19; MNHHS golf team to travel by school vehicle to Shepherdsville, Aug. 26-27; MNHHS volleyball team to travel by school bus to Elizabethtown, Sept. 2-3; MNHHS volleyball team to travel by school bus to Paducah, Sept. 23-24; and, MNHHS cross country team to travel by school vehicle to Lexington, Oct. 14-15.

The board approved the following activity fundraiser:

• Jesse Stuart Elementary School FRYSC pecan sales with proceeds to go to purchase supplies and clothing for students and families.

• JSES Archery Club, T-shirt sales with proceeds to go for archery supplies, insurance fees, etc.

• JSES PTA to have a Dairy Queen Night with proceeds to go to PTA.

• JSES PTA, T-shirt sales with proceeds to go for student activities.

• JSES PTA, Fall Festival activities, cookie and cake sales and concessions with proceeds to go to KPREP Awards, etc.

• JSES PTA to have a Basket Raffle with proceeds to go to KPREP awards, PBIS awards, and classrooms.

• JSES PTA, Fall Festival King and Queen with proceeds to go to KPREP awards.

• JSES PTA to have a School Mall Program with proceeds to go to KPREP awards.

• JSES PTA, Catalog Sales with proceeds to go to KPREP awards.

• JSES PTA to sell Spirit & Pride Shirts with proceeds to go to KPREP awards.

• Southside Elementary School PTA to host a Family Fun Night and proceeds to go to student activities.

• SES PTA to have a walkathon with proceeds to go to student activities.

• West Broadway Elementary School Library to host a book fair, Aug. 2016 and proceeds to go to the library.

• WBES Library to have a book fair, April 2017 with proceeds to go to the library.

• West Hopkins School PTO to host a Holiday Shop and Silent Auction with proceeds to go to school activities.

• WHS PTO to host a Fall Festival & Silent Auction and proceeds to go toward Red Ribbon Week, Awards, etc.

• WHS PTO to have a Steeps Fresh Fruit Fundraiser with proceeds to go to KY Kids Day, welcome sign, etc.

• WHS PTO to sell Cardinal T-shirts sales with proceeds to go to school activities, field trips, etc.

• The Game Changer form went to all principals informing them if they have students that are “athletes in action” or groups of students or clubs involved in the community, then they can nominate that group.

It was approved to abolish a certified position of a technology resource teacher/student information specialist in the Department of Pupil Personnel department at central office and to create a classified position, attendance data technician position, in the Department of Pupil Personnel at the central office.

Ashby reported at the end of the 2015-16 school year, district attendance was at 6,773 and as of Aug. 15, there were 6,675 students enrolled. She said enrollment is down by about 98 students, but has trickled up since the first day of school.

Assistant Superintendent Charles Gant said they have already begun work on the 2017-18 school calendars. “Possible” calendars have been sent out to each school principal to get their ideas.

“There is a lot to hammering out a school calendar, and it seems early but we feel good about getting started,” said Gant.

The Board approved an option to purchase property located at 1118 Hayes Ave. in Madisonville. BOE Attorney Keith Cartwright said the property purchase will connect two other pieces of property currently owned by the Hopkins County Board of Education.

There was a first reading of policy No. 09-224 on Emergency Medical Treatment pertaining to the procedures in case of a medical emergency, and a first reading and approval of 09.224-AP 1 of Emergency Medical Care Procedures concerning storage of epinephrine, epipens and narcan.

Treasurer’s report of July was accepted as were the minutes of the Aug. 1 meeting.

The next meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

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