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Local News

March 25, 2014

SLHS football field to get new lights

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

After 40 years, South Laurel High School’s football field is finally getting new lights.

The update will make the field’s lighting system at least 25 percent more efficient and, although the lights will be reduced from six to four, Superintendent Doug Bennett said they will provide the required level of lighting for the field.

The project will cost an estimated $221,000. Bennett said there was $185,000 in contingency funds and the remaining funding will be provided from a cash transfer of approximately $44,000 in excess cash from existing projects to the sports lighting project. The cash transfer was also approved by the board Monday.

According to Board Member Ed Jones, the existing lighting system has been in place since 1973. The new lights will come with a 25-year warranty on bulb replacement.

In other board news:

–Kevin Cheek and David Jackson with Hacker Brothers updated the board on the new Laurel County Career Readiness Center. They had a slideshow with pictures of the construction in progress. The center has some steel reinforcements in place and a holding wall is being built.

–The board approved hiring Cloyd and Associates to do the audit for the 2013-2014 school year. According to Bennett, they have contracted with Cloyd and Associates for the last three years with no problems or complaints.

–Four school buses were declared as surplus. There was one operational bus and three non-operational buses. According to Bennett, declaring the buses surplus is a way for the board to sell school buses no longer in use by the school district. Bennett said the non-operational buses will fetch about $500 and the operational bus can be sold for up to $3,500.

–The closeout documents have been approved for the North Laurel Middle School Project. This means the project is officially finished pending the completion of documents to make final payments to the project’s contractors.

–North Laurel High School Archery was recognized for its performance at the state level. Head Coach Chris Miniard, Cody Reed, Breanna Jones, Kayla Vanderplas, and Assistant Coach Mike Holliday received certificates for their accomplishments.

–Seventh-grader Keller Brown and North Laurel High School Swim Team Coach Amy Stenger were recognized for Brown’s achievements on the North Laurel High School swim team. Brown placed 5th in the region and qualified for state competition.

–The London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year were recognized by the board. Carolyn Allen with London Elementary School, Kathy Vaughn with North Laurel Middle School, and Bridgette Napier with North Laurel High School received certificates for their achievement.

–The board recognized Campbellsville University’s Laurel County Teachers of the Year. Hunter Hills Elementary School Music Teacher Jon Oliver and South Laurel High School Music Teacher Mark Felts were present to receive certificates. North Laurel Middle School Math Teacher J. J. Holmes was not present due to a scheduling conflict.

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