FOSTER – Another great season by the Scott High School girls’ basketball team did not go unnoticed by the Boone County Board of Education.
“We are very proud of the achievements of the past several years of the Lady Skyhawks basketball team,” said Boone County Schools Superintendent John Hudson. “We want to honor their accomplishments tonight.”
Each girl on the team and the coaches were given honorary plaques during the Tuesday, May 15, 2012, regular meeting of the board at its complex in Foster. The honors were presented by Board President Mark Sumpter and the rest of the Boone County Board of Education members, including Vice President Chuck Gibson, member Danny Cantley, member Paul Hill and member Joe Tagliente.
“I coached some of these girls in grade school basketball and I am very proud of them,” Sumpter said.
The team finished as state runners-up in Class AA with a 24-3 final record. The team also included state player of the year Makenzie White, who was not in attendance. She was in Florida on her senior trip, officials announced.
Also not pictured with the team were players Taylor Adkins and Jamie Dotson.
In other news from the board of education meeting Tuesday, May 15:
• Madison Middle School Principal Joshua Bacchus spoke to board of education members about the incident a few weeks ago in which some parents and students claimed they were not allowed to each lunch because of past due lunch bills.
Bacchus said no child was denied lunch and apologized if any child misunderstood and did not eat. He said it was not his intention to embarrass or humiliate any student, but he just wanted students to remind their parents of past due lunch bills. The county school system is owed over $100,000 in past due lunch debt, officials reported.
A mother and a grandmother both spoke at the meeting about the incident and said they felt the entire situation was handled poorly.
“My child should have never been embarrassed or humiliated like that,” said April Hassler. “The lunch bill is not a child’s responsibility. I am requesting a public apology from the principal.”
Other parents upset over the situation were present, but did not speak at the meeting. Superintendent of Schools John Hudson spoke with the parents during a break in the meeting.
• Another parent expressed concern over some teachers’ behavior and statements made to her child, a 5th grade student at Brookview Elementary School in Foster. The parent claimed her son was asked by a teacher if his parents voted in the recent primary election.
“My son told the teacher that his parents didn’t vote and she told him that it was against God and the Bible,” the mother said. “This type of statement has no place in our schools and is wrong.”
Board President Mark Sumpter asked the parent if she had spoken with the school’s principal about it. She claimed she did, but said the principal did nothing about it.
“He [the principal] said it was a he said, she said, situation,” the parent responded. “That’s why I made the decision to come here tonight and speak to the Board of Education.”
The parents told of other teacher actions she felt was not proper. The board members agreed to speak with the mother in executive session, since the issue involved personnel.
• Dalton Wilson, a freshman student at Scott High School, made an appeal to the board to consider bringing the Jr. ROTC program to the school.
“This program would instill patriotism, discipline and pride to the school, youth and community,” Wilson said. “I am calling on the board to try to get this program at Scott High School.”
Wilson presented the board with a petition that included over 300 signatures in favor on bringing the program to the school
Board member Danny Cantley said the board attempted to get the program several years ago but had trouble finding a qualified instructor.
“We have nothing against this program,” Cantley said. “It is a very good program.”
Cantley asked Superintendent John Hudson and Assistant Superintendent Jeff Huffman to explore with military recruiters in the area the possibility of getting an instructor and bringing the program to the school.
Wilson also pointed out that many Boone County youth participate in military clubs and the Civil Air Patrol and he felt the program would be well-received.
• Superintendent John Hudson reported to the board the results of a program by Agape Cloack in Racine. The program to serve the students of the Big Coal River ended with 32 weeks of deliveries that included 5,695 love bags that included weekend food items; 30 travel bags that included hygiene items; and 400-plus smile that was a clothing program.
The items were all distributed to 195 to 225 students weekly at Ashford Elementary, Whitesville Elementary, Sherman Elementary, Sherman Junior High, and Sherman High schools.