Purcell Public Schools won’t have a formal relationship with the Purcell Association of Classroom Teachers at least for now.

In a 2-2 tie vote, the district’s board of education failed to approve the 2018-19 master contract agreement with PACT during Monday’s meeting.

PACT has been a fixture in Purcell schools for more than 16 years.

Board president Kim Croslin and vice president Tracy Folsom voted for the agreement. Casting votes against it were members Bill Smith and Dru Smith. Absent from the meeting was the clerk, Chelle McCaskill.

Before the issue came to a vote, Bill Smith asked superintendent Jason Midkiff what would happen if the agreement wasn’t approved.

The board will have a special meeting today (Thursday) to revisit the master contract agreement.

That meeting will be at 8 a.m.

In his report to the board, Midkiff said a professional development day before the start of the school year has drawn positive responses from other districts that came to Purcell to participate.

“I have great feedback from the other schools that visited here,” he said. “It is always good to talk to other teachers and personnel from other districts to share ideas on what’s working. The other superintendents I have talked to have confirmed their interest to get together again in the future.”

Midkiff also noted that sports are “off and running” across the district.

“The softball team is trying to get in the district games around all the rain and weather we have had,” he said. “Football has had a good start and we travel to Lexington this week for Pink Out. Pre-sale tickets for this game will be available at the high school for $5 and $3. The band is out there working each morning. Cross country is in full swing as well.”

Midkiff reminded the board that parent-teacher conferences will be September 24 and 25.

In a construction update, the board learned one day of “significant” rainfall requires three days to get the construction site ready.

Preliminary dirt work has already begun for the new junior high school. The immediate goal is to  put the entrance road in and get it paved and a construction fence will be erected this week.

“In 30 days, we hope to get a lot of dirt work  done at the junior high site,” said Tyler Graves with Goldsby Construction. “We would really like to get all the slabs in by January.”

In other business, the board:

  • approved a policy and administrative regulations governing the use of district credit cards, and
  • approved hiring Kenzie Cunnius as a part-time adjunct teacher of sixth grade reading.
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