Renovations around the corner for City Schools

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By The Staff

Staff Report

Campbellsville Schools could begin work on renovations as early as June.

Members of the Campbellsville Board of Education approved the final plans for the work at their meeting Monday night. The total cost for the renovations is budgeted at $5,294,706.

The Board expects to receive approval to advertise for construction bids by April 22 and to open those bids on May 20.

For that reason, there will be a special meeting of the Board to approve the bids on Friday, May 23 at 11:15 a.m. A bond sale to finance the construction is set for June 5.

The District received a $5 million offer of assistance from the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission last year that will pay for the construction.

According to Joe Nance, the District's financial adviser and vice president of Ross Sinclaire & Associates, the SFCC will make the payments on the bond issue over the next 20 years.

"In other words, your Board issues the bonds and receives the funds to construct your project and the SFCC makes the payments on the bonds on your Board's behalf."

Scott Noel, who represented the architectural and engineering firm of Clotfelter Samokar, said he has hopes that bids for the renovations will come in below budget and other renovations can be included in the plans.

The current plans include a new media center at the high school, relocation of the alternative school, administrative suite and FMD suite, and new mechanical/electrical/plumbing work. All bathrooms will also be renovated to be ADA accessible.

Also at the meeting:

- Senior parent Debbie Carter asked the Board for support for this year's Project Graduation. Unlike past years, the two local high schools will have separate celebrations this year with graduations a week apart. Carter said only 10-15 parents have volunteered to help and she's concerned about the success of the drug- and alcohol-free party.

- The Board learned that Steve Doss was hired as head football coach at Campbellsville Middle School.

- Academic Achievers were recognized - Jaylah Tucker and Casey Hardin, Campbellsville Elementary School; Jessica Hall and Zach Durham, Campbellsville Middle School; and Angel Padilla-Thornton and Jacob Welch, Campbellsville High School.

u The monthly academic spotlight featured the Newton Education Center. With a current enrollment of 62 students, there are 22 enrolled in the day treatment program and 40 in the alternative program.

NEC Director Ricky Hunt spoke to the Board about the programs offered to students and plans he has made.

- The Board created a position for a District-level "drop-out prevention resource teacher and special programs coordinator." The position will be paid for through Title I and Title V funds.

According to Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers, there were nine students who dropped out last year and 64 students who needed to recover credit. The resource teacher will work with students who are at risk of dropping out of school or failing. Each student will have a specially designed instructional program, beginning with a pre-assessment test to determine appropriate placement.

In addition, the new position will be responsible for grant writing, foundation searches and other projects.

- Stiles Carter & Associates has been contracted to perform the District's annual audit at a cost of $10,800.

- Finance Director Gayle Newton reported that 65 percent of the District's $7.2 million budget has been spent, with 75 percent of the school year complete.

- A contract for mowing services with Steve White was approved at a cost of $13,500.

- Woods-Ayers was congratulated for her appointment to the master review committee of the Educational Professional Standards Board.