Lexington Schools Adresses Special Education Needs

An additional special education teacher was approved for immediate hire by Lexington Public Schools.
Board members, minus Mike Dowling who was excused because he was called away to work, unanimously approved the hiring of Danita Comfort during Monday night's board meeting.  
Superintendent John Hakonson said Comfort will work at Pershing Elementary School and that an additional teacher was needed due to some high needs kids returning to the district.
Hakonson said Comfort received her teaching credentials in another state and previously has been a substitute teacher for LPS.  With her hiring, Comfort agrees to obtain a provisional endorsement and become endorsed for special education within three years.
Board members approved maternity requests from two employees, who have worked for the district for less than a year, and do not yet qualify for time off through the Family Medical Leave Act.
Hakonson said both would have been eligible for up to 12 weeks off without pay after a year of employment, and neither was asking for that much time off.
Board members were told that State Senator Matt Williams attended the board's legislative and finance committee meeting on Dec. 9.  Property taxes and school funding reportedly will be hot issues in the upcoming legislative session.
The board also approved the 2017-2018 school calendar.
At the conclusion of the otherwise brief meeting, board members recognized and thanked board president Rod Reynolds for his 10 years of service as a board member for Lexington Public Schools, preceded by another 10 years on the District 15 school board before school consolidation.
Hakonson said he will miss Reynolds' experience, personality and knowledge about construction.  
Monday was Reynolds last board meeting.  He opted not to run for re-election.
Reynolds said he was satisfied that he was leaving the board in good hands.
"We have the greatest teachers and administrative staff.  They are second to none," said Reynolds.
The board entered into executive session to discuss teacher salary negotiations but took no action when they returned to regular session.

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