TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local News

July 9, 2013

Laurel BOE appoints chairmen, gets updates on construction

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer

Joe Schenkenfelder was nominated and appointed as the new chairman for the Laurel County Board of Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Tom Smith was also nominated and elected as the new vice chairman.

During the superintendent’s report, Laurel County School Superintendent Doug Bennett spoke to the board about several positive updates and changes to the primary exit criteria.

“These recommended criteria will be used by teachers to determine retention or promotion to the next grade level. These criteria also reflect reporting letter grades rather than S’s, N’s and U’s. This will give parents a better report on a child’s academic progress,” Bennett said.

The new marking system will include an overall grade in each academic area.

“Hopefully these report cards along with teacher conferences will provide parents with a better idea of how their children are doing,” Bennett said.

Board members also heard from architect and construction managers regarding security updates at four elementary schools, as well as the new addition to the North Laurel Middle School.

Kevin Cheek with Sherman Carter & Barnhart Architect Firm updated board members on the progress of security vestibules, which are being installed at four elementary schools in Laurel County. Drywall will be finished soon at the security vestibule at Hazel Green Elementary. Campground Elementary School, Hunter Hills and Sublimity Elementary are also receiving updated security vestibules.

“The receptionists will often be able to see from a secure area, all who come and go. These will be ready for school to start,” Cheek said.

David Jackson with Hacker Brothers Construction also provided a progress report on the new addition that is being finished at North Laurel Middle School.

Jackson reported to board members that the brick work has been completed on the front of the building. Updates to the original building and the new addition include opened alcoves, and the movement of lockers back into the corridors.

“This will help prevent bullying and gives students a more secure environment and make it easier for teachers to see what is going on,” Jackson said.

Construction will continue on the addition and workers will soon be setting plumbing fixtures in restrooms and laying floor in the cafeteria. Multiple updates have been made throughout the original building. School will open on time, but work will likely continue into the fall.

“There is on average 100 people working out at the school each day. We are confident that school will be opened on time. We will have school, but the work will be ongoing. We are very confident it will get done,” Jackson told the school board.

“The magnitude and scope of this project is astronomical and it is compressed into a small window of time. All the people that have worked on this have done a great job and it is great to see the progress continue,” Bennett said.

Other construction includes the roof replacement at Hunter Hills Elementary, which is currently underway.

The board also approved the awarding of bids for School and Community Nutrition Services, pizza vendors, kitchen supplies, dairy products, beverage items, food/meat items, janitorial items and bakery items for the 2013-2014 school year.

All vendors remained the same except for the bakery and fresh bread vendor which is a new category.

Earthgrains Bakery was the only bidder in this category. Little Caesars received the bid for the pizza vendor, while Flav-O-Rich won the bid for dairy products. Pepsi-Cola received the bid for beverages and PFG of Somerset received the bid for food/meat items.

Janitorial items will be provided by Norvex Inc.

Final business was the revision to a policy regarding grading in the school district.

The board approved the revision to the current grading policy. The new grading policy is set in 10-point increments.

“This will make it easier for students to get scholarships and will help families financially. It also simplifies our policy as it will be throughout the district at all grade levels,” Bennett said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Cannon man indicted for rape

    By John L. Ross
    Staff Writer
    A Cannon man facing first-degree rape and other charges has now been indicted in this case.

    July 28, 2014

  • Knox grand jury indicts accused store burglar

    By John L. Ross
    Staff Writer
    A man facing several charges in connection with the burglary of Cope’s Market was indicted Friday in Knox County Circuit Court.

    July 28, 2014

  • Man accused of Woodbine shooting appears in court

    By John L. Ross
    Staff Writer
    A Woodbine man indicted for first-degree assault after allegedly shooting a man in the face appeared in Knox County Circuit Court Friday for a pre-trial conference.

    July 28, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES, July 28, 2014

    Cannon man indicted for rape: Charges include theft for reportedly taking the victim’s car

    Knox grand jury indicts accused store burglar

    Man accused of Woodbine shooting appears in court

    So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking

    The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title

     

    July 28, 2014

  • 0726 thunderbolt for web.jpg Tales of the Thunderbolt

    The soft whistle of a flute floated through the room as audience members listened in awe to tales of the Thunderbolt people.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jaynes sentenced to 20 years for murder

    A hush swept across the Knox County Circuit courtroom Friday afternoon — all that was heard was the jangle of ankle shackles hitting the bare floor as convicted murderer Angela Jaynes approached the podium for her official sentencing hearing.

    July 27, 2014

  • Five people indicted for murder

    Five people arrested in connection with the May shooting death of 29-year-old Donald Mills were all officially charged with the murder on two separate indictments Friday in Knox County Circuit Court.

    July 27, 2014

  • Man in court for stealing from Bingham Tire

    A Pineville man charged with stealing more than $125,000 in inventory from Bingham Tire in Barbourville over a two-year period appeared Friday before Judge Gregory Lay in Knox County Circuit Court.

    July 27, 2014

  • POLICE ROUNDUP: Sheriff’s office searching for wanted London man

    A London man has found himself on the Laurel County Sheriff Department’s most wanted list, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
    Detective Billy Madden is searching for Jamie Elam, 34.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0725 Honor Guard FOR WEB.jpg Hundreds attend military funeral service for Dirk Shelton

    Whenever America needed him, Staff Sergeant Dirk Thomas Shelton always answered the call.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter