By Eugenia Jones
With a motion from Board Member Lori Foster and a second from Sherry Duncan, the Board of Education voted in a split decision to authorize Superintendent Corey Keith and the School Board Attorney to negotiate the McCreary County School District’s three-year school nursing services contract with Healthy Kids Clinic-Cumberland Family Medical Centers, Inc., headquartered in Russell Springs, KY.
In voting to authorize negotiation of the contract, Board Member Stacey Hammons recused herself because of possible conflict with her job as a local pharmacist and Board Member Johnny Barnett voted “nay.” The motion passed with 3 “yea” votes from Foster, Duncan, and Board Chairperson Braxton King. In addition to Healthy Kids Clinic, two additional medical firms presented proposals for the contract: Appalachian Family Care in Pine Knot and Family Health Care Associates of Barbourville, KY.
“The Voice” has filed an open records request and is awaiting copies of the three firms’ original proposals and the final contract.
In other business, the Board voted unanimously to allow the Board Attorney and Superintendent to prepare and enter into an option to purchase land owned by David Rose on U.S. Highway 27. The option shall be a 6 month option to purchase the property for $110,000.000 and the option shall be purchased for $5,000.00 with an option for an additional 6 months for an additional $7,500.00. The money spent on the options shall be subtracted from the final purchase price if the option to purchase is exercised by the board.
Currently, the school district is “land poor” with little available property for future expansion. Board members view purchase of the property, with its highway frontage on Cabin Creek Road and U.S. 27, as necessary for any future expansion.
Board members approved construction documents for the McCreary County Middle School Renovation and Expansion Project and the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Study. In the CPTED, DECO Architects Inc. made recommendations for placement of cameras and included strategic office space for a School Resource Officer in the blueprint of the new middle school expansion, allowing for easier surveillance and supervision.
With the Board’s approval of the construction documents and CPTED, project documents and blueprints now go from the architect to the contractor for preparation of bid packages for project construction.
The Board unanimously approved the SBDM Council allocations as presented by Superintendent Corey Keith with the exception of adding one additional music teacher at McCreary Central High School. More information regarding the addition of an extra high school music teacher was requested.
The Board unanimously approved several items by consent including the creation of a Districtwide Food Service Coordinator. This position will be in addition to the current position of District Food Service Director.
Several students from McCreary County Middle School were recognized including students who have excelled in Music, Art, Academics, and sports (wrestling, archery, and cheerleading.)
The McCreary County School Board meets in regular session on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 at the Central Office in Stearns.
Photos by Eugenia Jones
McCreary County Middle School Principal Susan Tucker recognized students and staff during the regular April School Board Meeting. Students recognized were: Rogers Explorers Bryce Hammon, Callista Shook, and Jackson Winburn; the Academic Team with special recognition to James Cooper and Brooke Lay; All State Singers Isabella Ball, Ayilee King, Callie Shook, and Nate Stephens; Duck Stamp Competitors Bristol Broadfoot, Tyler Collins, Aliyah Richardson, Miley Genoe, Farrah Forsyth, and Korabelle Bryant; Wrestler Max Gilreath; Archers Samuel Meadows and Cassidy Garland; McCreary Middle School Cheerleaders; and 6th grader Guy Kidd who has completed all i-ready assessments for grades 6-8.