board meetingHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (5/22/18) — Hopkins County Board of Education heard from a local member of the community at Monday night’s meeting.

Bill Adcock, a retired teacher of 28 years and a 10-year Air Force veteran, upheld members the board for its decision to place a resource officer in every Hopkins County School next year.

He was a Kentucky textbook commissioner from 1981-84, saying another commissioner during that time expressed Christianity should not be included in Kentucky school textbooks.

Adcock said he replied, “Sir, you are censoring my son’s right to hear about Christianity.”

He also explained the state board of education at that time was of the opinion that it was legal in Kentucky to talk about Christ and Christianity in schools, because, “It is our heritage.”

As a student at Madisonville North Hopkins, he recalled they had prayer and Bible reading every morning, because it was “student led.”

He requested the board to display on school marquees, “Do not Murder – No. 6” on school marquees over the summer months to create a culture in the school community.

He quoted 1 Timothy 1:9, saying, “The law is made not for the righteous but for … those who kill … for murderers,” adding that Christian students are being violated and they need to hear that their rights are protected.

Board Chair Suzanne Duncan said Hopkins County Academy graduation took place last week, noting it was fantastic, well attended.

Superintendent Deanna Ashby said this year, the Academy had a record number of graduates.

“Sixty — the highest we have ever had,” Ashby said.

Madisonville North Hopkins Graduation is 7 p.m. Wednesday,  with shuttle service to begin 5:30 p.m., from the Rizpah Temple, Word of Faith Church and Christ the King School locations.

Ashby announced board of education hours beginning June 1-July 31 would be 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The board approved the following 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 Football team to travel by school vehicle to , Martin, TN to the University of TN Recruit Camp on June 2, for MNHHS, Football Team to travel by school vehicle to Cincinnati, OH for Football Camp on June 7-8, for MNHHS Boys & Girls Track team to travel by school vehicle to Lexington, KY for State Competition on May 18-19, for MNHHS Tennis team to travel by school vehicle to Lexington, KY for State Competition on May 16-19, for SHMS Boys Basketball team to travel by school vehicle to McKenzie, TN to Bethel University for Basketball Camp on June 7-9.

The board agreed to pay English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP, his last payment of $869.50 for legal services for HCCTC at the Grapevine Rd. location.

The board approved the following activity fundraisers for GES, Library, KBA Book Grant, up to $200 for books, for HCS Teachers, 2018 Hopkins County Education Foundation Mini-Grant. The competitive grants will be awarded for up to $1000 for student-centered, innovative, and unique activities and resources that support the specific curriculum needs of the classroom.

The Board authorized distribution of $6,000.00 from the Mary Long Scholarship Fund, to be awarded to students at $2,000.00 per student.

Hopkins County Schools is still seeking nominations for the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year awards.

Teacher of the Year nominees must have a minimum of three years teaching experience. The Teachers of the Year will be selected in the categories of Elementary (P-5), Middle (6-8) and Secondary (9-12).

Categories for Employee of the Year nominations are: Administrator of the Year, eligible nominees would include principals, assistant principals, central office administrators, and guidance counselors; Classified Support Services, eligible nominees would include instructional assistants who work in a classroom setting to enhance student achievement and Family Resource employees who provide student needs throughout the district; Facilities Management, eligible employees would include all custodians and district maintenance staff; Food Service, eligible nominees would include all cafeteria employees, cafeteria managers and district food service employees; Transportation, eligible nominees would include bus drivers, bus monitors, vehicle maintenance staff and district employees; Secretary of the Year, eligible employees would include all school secretaries; and Central Office Employee of the Year, eligible employees would include all central office staff.

Nominations will be accepted through the close of business, 4 p.m. Friday, June 1. Nomination forms may be mailed to Employee of the Year, Hopkins County Schools, 320 S. Seminary St., Madisonville, Kentucky 42431. Attention: Crystal Carlton.

To download a nomination form, click here.

The last day of school for students will be May 23.

The next HCBOE meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Central Administrative Office, 320 S. Seminary St., Madisonville.

Tammy Holloway
SurfKY News Reporter

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