Renovation plans underway for CHS

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By Becky Cassell, Editor

Big plans are in the works at Campbellsville High School.

At Monday night's meeting, Campbellsville Independent School Board members approved a schematic plan for renovations totaling $4.6 million.

Architect Scott Noel of Clotfelter-Samokar in Lexington revealed plans for improvements at the school. He said the projects should be ready for bidding in March, with construction to begin in late May.

Planned improvements include moving the school's library and computer lab upstairs; relocating the Newton Education Center to the high school's former industrial education wing; moving the main entrance and administrative offices to the front of the gymnasium; improvements to the basement locker rooms; asbestos removal; new plumbing and fixtures, doors, hardware and lighting; moving the art room to the current computer lab; and renovation of Hamilton Auditorium.

Noel said the renovations will be let for bid in small projects and the Board will be able to choose those it wants to complete.

And, he said, if the bids come in low enough and there is enough money left, heating and air conditioning could be installed in the CMS gym. That, Noel said, would cost an estimated $500,000.

In the District's facilities plan approved in October 2006, more than $6.1 million in capital construction needs were identified.

In January 2007, the state Department of Education awarded the District $5 million in grant funding school renovations.

All of the improvements in the District's facilities plan will not be completed yet, according to Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers.

"Given the fact that Campbellsville Independent only received $5 million all of the work reported could not have been done," Woods-Ayers said Tuesday. "We have more need than dollars and the list of needs have been prioritized to take care of the most urgent requests first.

"If the bids come in low enough, we may be able to do everything on our list."

The plan must still be approved by the state Department of Education.

Also at the meeting:

- High school librarian Valerie Davis announced that federal grant funding of $299,615 has been received by the District and all three schools will benefit.

Each school will receive nearly $70,000 for books, periodicals, books on tape, videos and CDs. Other equipment such as computers, printers, shelving, Smart Boards and more have also been purchased.

- Woods-Ayers announced that collection letters would be sent to property owners with delinquent taxes. She said there is more than $30,000 in past due taxes owed to the district. Any bills not paid by Jan. 8 will be turned over to the Board attorney for legal action and collection.

- Board member Suzanne Wilson, who was re-elected in November, was sworn in.

- Academic achievers for the month were recognized: Jaleel Cowan and Tiffany Stagner of CES, Terra Fair and David Adams of CMS, and Hannah Sapp and Chris Cook of CHS.

- Shirley Buckner of Wise, Lee & Buckner CPAs presented the District's audit report. With state and federal funding decreasing each year, Buckner said, the District has had to continue to tighten its budget every year.

"And you've done a good job at that," she said.

The report also included four opportunities for strengthening internal controls.

The four control issues noted involve school activity funds - ticket sales are not being used for all volleyball and baseball games; inventory for concession sales at CMS is not being properly documented; a booster club was found to be using the District's federal identification number on a bank account; and, as in last year's audit, a purchase order system is not being fully implemented nor is there a system in place to verify receipt of purchases.

- The monthly employment report includes two new employees: Roger Barnett, contract employee; and Ben Davis, boys' freshman basketball coach.

- Board members approved an assurance certification for the Family Resource and Youth Services Center.

- Extra service pay was approved for a literacy coordinator at CES at a cost of $500 per semester. The position will be funded through the school's site-based council allocation.

- Finance Officer Gayle Newton reported that 34.9 percent of the District's $7.1 million budget has been spent, with 41 percent of the school year complete, for a gap of 6.1 percent.

- Editor Rebecca Cassell can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 227 or by e-mail at editor@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.