, Corbin, KY

May 8, 2013

‘Sneak Peak’ at the future?

Corbin Board of Education meets in special session

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

While the public took a peek at Corbin High School’s “virtually new” building, the Corbin Board of Education got to take a look at what could be the future home of one of their schools.

That came about during the unveiling of a site plan of Corbin Primary School by architect Kevin Cheek of the architectural firm of Sherman-Carter-Barnhart. The plan was shown during a special meeting of the board, held Tuesday evening at Corbin High.

Two easels with the drawings were covered up until late in the session. Then, Cheek revealed the master plan for the space around the primary school, and what could be done at the property, located on 5th Street Road.

The area has room for a two-story building to put a middle school on, which would be located below the present Corbin Primary School site. It also showed room for a regulation-size football field, along with a baseball and softball field, tennis courts and parking.

While the plan’s not set in stone, Superintendent Ed McNeel said it’s a start.

“It’s just an idea to get people talking and to have on paper. Most people don’t have an idea how much space is out there,” he added.

During the session, board members approved the 2013-2017 District Facility Plan as recommended by the Local Planning Committee and to be submitted to the state Board of Education. They also set a date for a public hearing on the plan, which will be Thursday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Board Office on Roy Kidd Avenue. In addition, Board Chair Kim Croley will serve as Hearing Officer for the public hearing.

McNeel told the board that according to the district facility plan, the total needs of the district during that four-year period is set at $71 million.

They also approved the development of a board policy that would raise the compulsory school attendance age to 18, which was passed by the state legislature earlier this spring.

Among other board actions, approval was given to support Corbin High teachers who need to complete one graduate class to qualify as a teacher for college dual credit classes at the high school. Eligibility for participating in the program requires prior approval from the superintendent.

Student accident insurance with Roberts Insurance for the 2013-14 School Year was also approved, in the amount of $114,826.57. Also awarded was the bid for Property, Fleet, General Liability, Educators Legal, Workers Comp and all other coverage that was automatically awarded in the bid to Curneal & Hignite Insurance.

Other actions included approval to grant authority to allow for the month of June to waive Board prior approval to pay bills of the school district. Board members will review all bill transactions at the July board meeting. Approval was also given to the Capital Funds Request Form in the amount to expend all Capital Outlay and Building Funds prior to July 1 of this year. In addition, the 2013-14 Tentative Budget was approved, as was the BG-4 (Buildings and Grounds) document for the new Soccer Building, pending approval of the state Department of Education.

Also, board members also approved the job description for school nuts and to create up to two school nurse positions and employ as needed, effective for the 2013-14 school year.

McNeel urged the board to go ahead and take action now, in order to get a funding mechanism in place. It was noted by Mark Daniel of the district office that a meeting would be held Wednesday on partnerships for the program with Baptist Health Corbin and Grace on the Hill Church.

Earlier in the meeting, a report on the planned dual credit program with the University of the Cumberlands was presented by Corbin High’s principal John Derek Faulconer, assistant principal Nicole Brock, administrative assistant Dave Cox and Karen West, director of gifted and talented/ELL/other support programs Karen West.

Board members were reminded of Corbin High’s Baccalaureate ceremony, to be held next Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, and Corbin High’s Graduation, held next Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at The Arena in Corbin.

Tuesday’s special meeting was called to coincide with the dedication at Corbin High, and replaced the regular session that was originally set for this Thursday, also at the high school. Their next regular meeting will be on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m., at the Corbin Center. That month’s agenda will include a recognition program for staff retirees.