, Corbin, KY

April 15, 2014

Last day of Laurel schools set for May 31

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

After a long, cold winter,the last day of school is finally in sight for the Laurel County School District.

Monday’s meeting of the Laurel County Board of Education saw an announcement of the final day of school for the amended 2013-2014 school calendar. The Laurel County school district will have its last day May 30, with graduation May 31.

According to Superintendent Doug Bennett, the “snow bill”  that passed in Frankfort last month, which prevents school from running past June 6, would have no impact on the Laurel County schools; they missed 18 days from snow and had seven days banked they did not have to make up. The last day of school was extended to May 30 in order to make up the other 11 days missed.

David Jackson with Hacker Brothers updated the board on progress made on the Laurel County Career Readiness Center. Jackson stated construction was “still in the ground” and said it was not highly visible yet.

Since last month, the building’s retaining wall has been completed and the drop off area for vehicles was under construction. Jackson noted the front foundation was in place and work has begun on the interior foundation.

Laurel County School District Business Manager Jim Kennedy said he anticipated opening bids for a turning lane soon, and stated the building’s utilities will be underground.

Chris Shouse and his students, Alyssa Peace, Sierra Combs, Destiny Patterson and Heather Bryant, of Hunter Hills Elementary School, gave a presentation on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. There were 14 students who attended the trip. None of these students had visited Washington, D.C. before.

“We wanted to give these students an opportunity they may not have had,” Shouse said. “This trip unlocked their desire to learn and travel.”

The students talked about their experiences in Washington, D.C. Students visited many different museums, as well as landmarks that included the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the White House and Ford’s Theatre. The students also got to meet U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05).

“You all are great representatives of Laurel County,” Board Chair Joe Schekenfelder said. “Good job.”

In other board news:

–The calendar for the 2014-2015 school year was approved for the Laurel County Day Treatment. The school year will end June 20, according to Director of Pupil Personnel Rhonda Welch. Welch added the school year is longer for Day Treatment students because the calendar must have 210 instructional days.

–The board approved the consideration of several bids for insurance companies to cover its insurance needs for the next school year. Roeding Insurance was chosen for the school district’s worker’s compensation insurance, Liberty Mutual Insurance was chosen for the district’s property liability insurance, and Linville Insurance was chosen for the district’s property liability insurance. Companies can submit bids for insurance no later than June 6.

–The school will advertise bids for a fencing company. Bennet said the school district had no need for fencing on a  specific project, but the district would like to have prices available when the need for repairing or installing chain link fencing does arise. Kennedy noted a new company is needed in order to follow protocol; there were no projects that cost more than $20,000 and the old company could not be kept.

–Closeout documents were approved for the Security Vestibule Project.

–South Laurel High School student Emily Sharpe was recognized at this year’s Southeast Kentucky Miss Outstanding Teen.

–The board recognized Lucas Mullins for his accomplishments on the Wyan Pine Grove archery team. Mullins qualified for state competition and placed 64th.

–The Bush Elementary School archery team was recognized for its accomplishments, and four of its members received special recognition. The team finished first in the National Archery in the Schools Program Region 11 tournament, and ranked 1 out of 10 among elementary schools. They automatically qualify to go to state and national competitions.

Taylor Jones, Maylee Philpot, Kambrie Collier, and Seth McClure were acknowledged for ranking in the top five in boys and girls, respectively. Coaches Mark Wells and Selena Vaughn were also recognized.

–The South Laurel High School archery team received recognition for qualifying for state competition. Team members Morgan Johnson, Logan Martin, Whitney Rice, and Zach Wilson, along with coaches Travis Dotson and Scott Nolan, were recognized.