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June 24, 2014

Students honored during meeting

CORBIN — By Kristina Smith / Staff Writer

The Laurel County Board of Education recognized some of its best and brightest students at Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Since the 2013-2014 school year ended the South Laurel High School baseball and softball teams finished off their seasons.

The baseball team closed the season with a 29-9 overall record and the softball team finished with a 32-10 record. Both teams were 13th Region champions. The baseball team, coached by Wynn Harris, made it through to the semi-finals in the state tournament. The softball team, coached by James Burns, made it through to the second round in the state tournament.

The school system just wrapped up their annual gifted and talented, or GT, camp but welcomed a new zombie camp this summer too.

Monica Smith presented to the board a short presentation on what the students accomplished at this new camp aimed towards science and mathematics. Smith reported that 65 students and 18 teachers from across the county joined together to make the camp happen.

Tori Sizemore, a freshman at South Laurel High School, also spoke to the board about her experience with the zombie camp.

“At camp we learned real science and mathematics applications,” Sizemore said.

The county’s GT camp was also a success with around 300 students attending.

Kennedy Sizemore, a 6th grade student at South Laurel Middle School, attended the camp and asked board members to continue on with it in future years.

“I had to learn to budget money and write checks,” he said. “Please continue to have GT camp each summer.”

Kennedy also presented Superintendent Doug Bennett with a card hand-crafted by GT camp students for the board.

In other Board news:

—The Laurel County Public Library was recognized for donating 8,300 books to the school system. The library recently shut down two branches but is adding 16,000 square feet to its main branch in London. Each school in the county received at least 500 books from the closing of the libraries.

—The board amended the 2014-2015 handbook to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in schools.

-The board declared an emergency need to replace lights at the South Laurel High School football field. An inspection report indicated the need for replacement due to aging pole structures. By declaring the situation an emergency the board can proceed to replace the structures.

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