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August 28, 2012

Laurel board approves turning lane project

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

The Laurel County Board of Education voted Monday to approve the BG-1 (Buildings and Grounds) form for the turning lane project at the Laurel County Career Readiness Center. Financial Officer Jim Kennedy reported the project would involve construction of a 1,200 foot turning lane. Total cost of the project is $301,000, of which $250,000 is for construction, while the rest includes architect’s fees.

The regular session at the Central Office Administration Building in London included a special meeting of the Laurel County School District Finance Corporation, in which approval was given for the finance corporation to authorize an exchange of land with LN’s Property, LLC. The property involved is on the South Laurel High and South Middle School campus, and involved .02 acres.

“We had an appraisal made and a property search made… It was terribly complicated, but it was required to be done. We have the deeds prepared,” said the board’s attorney, Larry Bryson.

Officers for the finance corporation were also approved, with School Board Chair Ed Jones named president, while board member Lola Reed was named vice-president and Assistant Superintendent Denise Griebel named secretary.

During the regular session, approval was given to create an instructional assistant for the GOLD program at the Alternative School at North Middle and South Middle, while two positions were recreated. One was a special needs instructional assistant, the other a maintenance technician IV position.

Also approved was contribution to the DARE program in the amount of $15,000, the same as last year. Jones said the DARE program serves approximately 843 fifth-grade students in the Laurel County and East Bernstadt Independent School districts. And board members approved an agreement with East Bernstadt Independent to allow the use of a special needs bus from the county schools for the current school year. Expenses for the use of the bus would be paid for by East Bernstadt Independent.

Earlier in the session, Superintendent Doug Bennett told board members student attendance at the schools was higher this year at this time than a year ago, by two-tenths of a percent.

“We’re in the right direction,” he said.

Also, Reed complimented North Laurel Middle on recently putting in 40 marked-off parking places at the school.

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