By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
A leaky roof at Williamsburg Independent School received some discussion during the Williamsburg Independent Board of Education meeting Tuesday.
According to Superintendent Denny Byrd, repairs will soon be complete.
Board Member Kim Williams expressed her concern the repairs had yet to be completed.
“It’s not like we didn’t try (to get the repairs finished),” Byrd said. “We tried to get bids.”
He said the contractor for the roof repair, Mel Chandler Roofing, continues to review the problem and make necessary repairs. “They have done some pretty good work,” he said.
Edwin Foley, inside maintenance supervisor for the school, said the leaks are in the gymnasium. Byrd said the hope is the latest repairs have solved the problem.
“We’re waiting for some rain to be sure,” he said. “It has been an ongoing problem.”
Williams asked the contractor be contacted again. “It needs to be taken care of,” she said.
Board member Kim White agreed. “It’s the first thing visitors see,” she said.
Williams brought up what she called a “rubber-type” roof which she said is on the old high school building in Corbin. “That building is older than this one,” she said.
Byrd said they looked at that over the summer.
“(There are) things we need to do,” he said. “But again, it all goes back to money.”
Foley discussed other building needs. Updates were made to bathrooms, including new partitions which Foley said were easier to clean and couldn’t be written on.
There are also lighting issues being reviewed at the school. Byrd said he “is evaluating the lighting situation to find ways to offer better, cheap lighting.
“Hopefully we’ll see some savings down the road,” he added.
In other school board business:
— Representatives of the Williamsburg Police Department were on hand to discuss the newly-formed safety committee. The committee involves emergency management personnel, the school, the WPD, the Williamsburg Fire Department and members from county and state agencies.
The first meeting of this new committee was held Monday.
The ultimate goal of the committee, according to Bird, is to ensure the safety of the students while in school.
The committee next meets Jan. 21. Bird expects to increase the number of committee members.
— The school board received a good audit report Tuesday. During the regular meeting, board members received copies of the audit. The biggest challenge to meet involves closer scrutiny of monthly spending habits, especially when it comes to state and federal mandate changes.
— The board unanimously agreed to accept the draft budget. There are three budgets required of the school — the draft, the tentative, and the final.
Board Member Allan Steely felt the draft was unnecessary because final monies for the year have yet to be realized.
However, it is required.
— The next meeting of the board is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 12. Tuesday’s meeting was slated for 6 p.m., but started at an earlier time.
Board members present included Byrd, Williams, White, Steely and John Jefferies. Absent from the meeting was Board Member Roger Faulkner.