, Corbin, KY

August 10, 2011

Corbin Education Center principal happy with new facility, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Michele Baker / Staff Writer

Corbin Education Center Principal Rich Prewitt told the Corbin Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night that the move into the new school was hectic, but satisfying.

“We are happy with our new facility and we now have a new identity.”

The alternative school had been housed in the Corbin Middle School gym, but with only five days of preparation, the staff was ready to start school Monday at its new facility in the former City Utilities Commission Building on Main Street. Prewitt told the board the school very successfully passed three audits last year and during the summer session five to six students received their diplomas who otherwise would not have graduated.

Principal Jane Chandler of the Corbin Preschool Center hosted the board meeting and explained the scope of her school. The center is licensed for 90 students, not including the KERA Preschool that has 56 students enrolled.

The Bell-Whitley Headstart has 20 children with the Montessori program enrolling 44 students.

Early Start has eight children and 40 students total receive wrap-around child care.

Gina Sears, Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club, donated 215 dictionaries to all third graders in the Corbin district, saying the Elks had donated $7 million worth of dictionaries throughout the U.S. through this program.

The board approved upping the returning employee deferred compensation from half a percent to one percent.

The board also approved Sherman-Carter-Barnhart to provide architect and engineering services on the Corbin Middle School roof, pending Kentucky Department of Education approval.

The board accepted a Steele Reese Grant for the amount of $80,000 to fund  a math interventionist teacher at the Corbin Primary School for two years. Another teaching position will be paid for from Title 1 funds.

Board Chair Kim Croley spoke about the need to draft a technology usage policies and procedures letter to parents for next year giving notice to parents what technology usage really means to students. Croley said the goal needed to be that every teacher and every student use technology daily in the classroom.

The board awarded a Corbin High School diploma posthumously to Matthew Peace who died after a lengthy illness in Aug. 2010. Superintendent Ed McNeel said Peace worked really hard as a homebound student and his goal was to receive his diploma before he died. McNeel said Peace had only have a credit to go before he passed away.

The next board meeting is set for Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Corbin Elementary School.