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August 14, 2012

First week of school in Laurel County ‘smooth and successful’

CORBIN — By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

Laurel County School Superintendent Doug Bennett said Monday night that the beginning of school in the past week has been “smooth and successful,” noting that about 9,300 students began the school year.

Denise M. Griebel reported that the Elgin Foundation’s third year has increased the education of Laurel students.

The reading program has increased reading qualities by providing consultants to assist in the writing and testing and indicate that schools are reading more each year from the beginning of the program.

Griebel also discussed four students in the school who will be traced by Berea College and supported in learning.

Last year the program was two students in sixth and two students in seventh classes and will continue their graduation from high school.

A six year grant from Berea will support students by nearly $1 million for each student, Griebel said.

Financial officer Jim Kennedy reported that work on the area for the career and technical center area is about to start. He said work of about $300,000 will soon be done by adding two left turn lanes into the land the system recently bought.

Architects Sherman, Carter and Barnhardt will be on the scene for the lanes and S&ME will do the work for the turn lanes.

And Supt. Bennett recommended that the board seek out David Westerfield, Laurel Judge/Executive to gain for the county, from Time-Warner Cable, a public Educational & Government Access for the school district.

In other work the board recommended the approval of lifting a recent hiring freeze.

At the beginning of the meeting, it also approved the creation and re-creation and lifting the previous hiring freese for one lead maintenance worker in the district and up to 20 emergency certified substitute teachers in the district, also an instructional assistant at Hazel Green and a custodian at North Laurel Middle School.

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