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Local News

July 15, 2014

Laurel County Board of Education: New graduates, board titles at meeting

LAUREL COUNTY — By Kristina Smith

Staff Writer

Laurel County has four new high school graduates and two Board of Education members with new titles.

During Monday’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, three students from North Laurel High School and one student from South Laurel High School participated in a summer school graduation ceremony.

Dylan Salva, Tristan Pittman and Cole Jones were the North Laurel High School graduates while Chris Helton graduated from South Laurel High School.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize our summer school graduates,” said Laurel County Schools Superintendent Doug Bennett.

Two Board of Education members were also newly elected to chairperson and vice-chairperson positions.

Tommy Smith will act as the new board chair and Charles “Bud” Stuber is the board’s new vice-chairperson.

Former Board Chair Joe Schenkenfelder said the change in positions is something the board does yearly and he is very grateful for the last year that he served as board chair.

In other board news:

—South Laurel High School will be receiving new tennis courts. The courts will go between the school’s softball and baseball fields.

“The new location will work out much better,” Bennett said.

The board voted to revise BG-1 and BG-3 to properly reflect new estimates for the project.

The funds spent for the tennis courts will be reimbursed to the board.

—South Laurel High School will also be getting new lights at their football field starting tomorrow.

“The lighting crew is scheduled to arrive at the high school tomorrow,” Bennett said.

The new lights will be a two week project and will be finished before football season, according to Bennett.

—Engineers were hired to begin building an auxiliary cooling tower for London Elementary. The tower will sit between the elementary school and the Board of Education building.

Bennett explained that the tower is necessary to extend the life of current compressors and heat pumps in the building.

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