Hardin County Schools Board of Education had their regular meeting on Thursday.

Greg Sutton, chief academic officer, along with Linda Reed, director of assessment program effectiveness, discussed results from MAP tests taken recently, which measure reading and math growth.

According to the data that compares this year to last year, K-8 students had some dips in math scores, but increase in reading scores.

Sutton said because of non-traditional instruction, it became more difficult to teach math lessons with simply video classes.

“That was a glaring set of data that just jumped out at us,” he said.

Sutton said it is now critical for students to get back in the classroom, and return to those fundamental math lessons and teachings.

The board approved the draft budget for 2022. The budget states that minus expenditures, the grand total is at $22,645,845.64. The total for last year’s draft budget was at $24,128,602.31.

John Stith, chief operations officer, said this being a legislative year in the state, the district won’t know what actions will be passed that could possibly bestow more money to schools later this year.

He also said in terms of federal funds, the Kentucky Department of Education has said the second round of stimulus may be larger than the first.

However, he said expenses like remediation of students once a normal schedule returns could also affect the budget as the year progresses.

Board members also approved paid COVID-19 emergency leave because of absences for this year. Superintendent Teresa Morgan said the CARES Act, which provided 10 COVID-19 sick days, ended on Dec. 31, 2020.

Now, staff members, as long as it is of no fault of their own, will be given 10 COVID-19 sick days along with their regular sick days when someone is affected by COVID-19 in some way, including quarantines because of contact.

“One of the things we want to do is to make sure we are supporting our employees,” Morgan said.

The election of the 2021 board chair and vice-chair commenced during the meeting. Those elected were Charlie Wise and Dawn Johnson, respectively.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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