Lewis County Schools Superintendent Steve Casto reported to board members that the band program at Leading Creek Elementary School is coming along well.
The program has 15 students in fifth and sixth grades. Board member Debbie Clem said instructor Whitney Ballard is receiving community help and help from Lewis County High School.
Casto also reported that more floor tiles are starting to come loose at LCES.
In other news, the transportation policy was approved, as well as the Student Transfer Request Procedures policy.
The transportation policy had not been updated in several years, and the student transfer request procedure is a new policy that addresses in and out of county transfers.
The policy states that children shall be required to attend the school that lies in the same district as their home. There are exceptions, which includes students who are required to receive specialized educational services that may not be available at the home school of that particular student.
The policy also states that requests for transfers must be received by the first Monday in June. Any requests will be considered based on a priority list. The attendance director will determine requests based on this list. The full policy is available on the Lewis County Schools website.
Casto informed board members that, with the assistance of Prevention Resource Officer Michael Cayton, all law enforcement officers have key fobs for entry into any school in the county. This includes state, county, and city officers. He added they are working on the E-911 Center being able to monitor cameras at all schools.
Dominion Energy is working with Jane Lew Elementary School and the school system on adding and extending the pre-school playground. Casto also met with Mike Cozad with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline regarding an increase in traffic in March 2018 due to pipeline construction. This increase could affect bus schedules because of congestion in the area.
Casto said he did not see an increase in student population because of the construction schedule running from March 2018 into the fall of 2018, and school ending at the end of May 2018.
The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. Local School Improvement Council meetings will begin at 6 p.m., Jan. 22, at Peterson-Central Elementary School.