School district's move still ongoing

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By Calen McKinney

The effort to get the Campbellsville School System's buildings reconfigured for the upcoming school year is still under way.

Classrooms have been moved, floors have been waxed, phone lines have been switched and new signs have been installed, proclaiming what used to be Campbellsville Middle School as now Campbellsville Elementary School and vice versa.

"Things are still on the move," Campbellsville Superintendent Mike Deaton told Campbellsville School Board members on Monday night during their regular monthly meeting.

The hope, Deaton said, is to have all work done before the new school year begins.

Teachers will come to school Monday, Aug. 5, and the first day for students will be the following day.

Once the reconfiguration is complete, students in preschool through third grade, who had attended school at a house beside the elementary school and the elementary school itself, will move to what was Campbellsville Middle School.

Those in grades five through seven will attend school at the former elementary school. Fourth graders currently attend school at the former CES building and will remain there.

Eighth graders will attend classes in the space between the former elementary and high school buildings. High school students will continue to attend class at the CHS building.

"We are still working toward moving the schools into their new buildings," Deaton said in a statement emailed on Tuesday. "Some of the work will be pushing close to opening day."

Deaton said he doesn't yet know how much the move has cost the District and won't have final figures until the work is complete or nearing completion.

Also in his report to the Board, Deaton said the District recently received word that it has received a $10,000 grant given to districts that adopted a policy increasing the school dropout age from 16 to 18.

According to the Kentucky Department of Education, grants were to be awarded to 57 districts to adopt the policy.

Also at the Meeting:

• Board members declared several items as surplus and will advertise for bids for them, including the District's former Head Start building near Dairy Queen, some playground equipment and a storage building beside the former preschool house.

Deaton said the Head Start building has been appraised at being worth $130,000. He said Head Start officials rented the building from the District.

"There is some interest in the building, I can tell you that," he said.

The Campbellsville Head Start location has moved, Deaton said on Tuesday, and the Campbellsville and Taylor County locations will now share a building next to Cox Interior. He said the move was done to save money.

Bids for the items will be accepted through July 25.

• Board members gave their OK to set aside $150,000 to build a softball fieldhouse at the elementary school campus. Deaton said the fieldhouse will be similar to the baseball team's building. He said he hopes the cost of construction will be less than the $150,000.

• The Board accepted two $5,000 grants the elementary and middle school libraries received from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. About $1 million was given to 212 libraries.

• Board members accepted $2,000 from the United Way to benefit the District's youth services center, which will pay for school supplies and Junior Guard costs.

• The Board approved contracts for the 2013-2014 school year with Orthodyne for physical therapy and Green County Board of Education for occupational therapy services. They also approved a school therapy services agreement and business associates agreement with The Adanta Group. The District's food bid was awarded to Southern Foods Inc.

• Board Chair Pat Hall was nominated as the group's legislative contact for the upcoming General Assembly session.

• The Board had final reading of Kentucky School Board Association policy updates.

• Board members adopted the 2013-2014 code of acceptable behavior and discipline handbook.

• A copier lease for the Board of Education office was approved with Purcell's Business Products.

• Finance Director Chris Kidwell presented the District's June financial report. Revenue was $$1,003,665.78 and expenses totaled $1,757,769.07. The closing balance at the end of last month was $2,218,485.34.

At this time last year, Kidwell said, the District ended its year at about $2 million, which is $200,000 less than this year. He said the extra money this year will allow for the new softball fieldhouse to be built.

Food services will end its year at about $120,000 in profit, Kidwell said, which is rare for such a department.

• The month's personnel report includes:

New employees - Amy Knifley, CMS science teacher; and Michelle Wilson, cook/baker.

Resigned/retired employees - John Wheat, CHS learning and behavior disorders special education teacher; and Joshua Mahan, bus driver.

Transfers - Tim Bailey, CMS assistant principal; Susan Dabney, half-time CHS social studies teacher; Leslie Gaines, cook/baker; Mark Kearney, half-time CHS assistant principal; David Petett, director of district-wide services; and Elisha Rhodes, CMS principal.