Enrollment; special education discussed by RCS board

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]

MOUNT OLIVET — Students enrollment numbers and the hiring of two special education assistants was discussed at the Robertson County Board of Education meeting Monday.

During the meeting, Director of Pupil Personnel Holly Linville announced the current enrollment numbers for the district are 393 for K-12 and 446 with head start and preschool. The attendance for the district is at 98.95 percent.

“We ended 2017-18 with 96.48 percent,” Linville said. “Among those enrollment numbers are 10 exchange students who are currently enrolled. Not only are they learning, but we’re also learning from them.”

Superintendent Sanford Holbrook said he was pleased with the enrollment numbers.

“When I started here four years ago, we had 313 kids,” he said. “I could walk through the halls and it seemed like there was no one in them. Now, it’s almost impossible to walk through the hallways without bumping into kids.”

According to Holbrook, the building has a maximum capacity of about 450 with an overflow allowance of about 10 percent.

Also during the meeting, the board approved hiring two instructional assistance for the special education department.

“We’ve attracted a lot of great kids,” Holbrook said. “People want to bring their kids here. Because of this, I’m proposing we hire two instructional assistants. We have two students with tough special needs and we’ll need these aides to help keep them on task. These kids are a part of our county and we need to educate them.”

Holbrook said the contracts would be for one year and, based on the need, the contracts would be reevaluated later.

“You can’t put a price on the life of a kid,” he said. “This way they kids will have a safe learning environment,” he said. “They will be full-time and it’s something you’ll have to reevaluate at the end of the year.”

The board approved the motion.

Other items discussed at the meeting included:

— Approving the contract with Augusta Independent School to share a Spanish teacher.

— Approving the foster grandparent program.

— Approving the breakfast price of $2.25 and lunch price of $3.60 for staff and adults visiting the district. According to Holbrook, the price does not affect the students as the district provides free breakfast and lunch to all students.

— Approving partial payments to Trace Creek Construction and Alt 21.

— Approving 2018-19 fidelity bonds.

Christy Howell-Hoots

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