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April 25, 2014

Corbin BOE to purchase Master Street property


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Two actions, pertaining to the former Saint Camillus Academy property and future development of Corbin Middle School, were given approval by the Corbin Board of Education during a special meeting Thursday.

The first involves considering an option to purchase property, which board members unanimously approved.

The board will buy property on Master Street owned by Jerry L. Poynter and his wife, Billie N. Poynter of Corbin. They plan on using the property as the entrance to the future Corbin Middle School site.

The purchase price was $400,000 for the property, which consists of one tract. Also, $2,500 in option money will apply to the purchase price.

The property purchase is pending approval of the Kentucky Department of Education.

The Corbin school board bought the Saint Camillus property last fall from the Sisters of Divine Providence, and closed on the sale last December. That was after the academy closed its doors last summer, citing declining enrollment and low funding as factors behind the closing of Saint Camillus.

Also, the architectural firm of Sherman-Carter-Barnhart from Lexington was approved to develop the master site plan for the middle school on the former Saint Camillus site, as well as the design for the middle school’s new entrance on Master Street.

Superintendent Ed McNeel said the master site plan is “a blueprint, a footprint for the site,” and projected the entrance would be done sometime this year.

Sherman-Carter-Barhart has worked with the Corbin Independent Schools on projects in recent years, including Corbin Primary School, the renovations at Corbin High School, and a current project with the Corbin Area Technology Center.

The choosing of an architectural firm was originally on the agenda at the special session, held at the Corbin Center, but was pulled out early so it could be discussed. The item was later put back in and unanimously approved.

Board members also approved granting McNeel the authority to develop student enrollment regulations for nonresident students attending Corbin schools.

The Corbin Independent and Knox County school districts recently came to an agreement, concerning the reciprocal agreement between the two. At Tuesday’s Knox County school board meeting, they unanimously agreed to give Board Chairman Merrill Smith authority to negotiate and review any documents and finalize any litigation between the Knox County and Corbin schools.

“Once the documents are received and reviewed, we can see what we’re doing and where we’re going,” McNeel told the board.

In another action, approval was given for the Corbin district for one-year membership with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The cost is at $1,000 a year, with the school board getting a 10 percent discount on workers’ compensation insurance premium they’re currently paying.

A motion to approve travel support of $5,000 for the Corbin Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team to attend the 2014 World Odyssey of the Mind Finals was pulled out the agenda and will be discussed at the next regular board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Corbin High School. A total of seven students will be going to the event, held on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.