June 27, 2013

Summer graduates recognized by board

By Rob McDaniel
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Laurel County Board of Education recognized three students as 2013 summer graduates Monday night.

Mike Black, principal at North Laurel High School and Superintendent Doug Bennett, certified that Che Cash, Jared Jones and Steven Patton of North Laurel High School met all of the requirements to graduate.  The students were all awarded their high school diplomas and recognized as 2013 summer graduates.

During the business meeting, the board also approved several service bids for the 2013 – 2014 school year. All were awarded to the lowest bidders in each category.  

“These are basically our annual consumable supplies,” Superintendent Doug Bennett said.  “The lowest bid offered is who we selected.”

For various filter and battery supplies, Truck Pro, Power Train and Fleet Pride were the top three lowest bidders.  For various technology bids, Global Gov/ED; Office Depot and Pomeroy were the top three lowest bidders.

Blick Art Materials was the lowest bidder for the art supplies bid while Sargent-Welch was the lowest bidder in the science category.

The blacktop and blacktop installation bid was awarded to Elmo Greer & Sons LLC.  Petroleum Traders Corp. was the lowest bidder for gasoline and diesel fuel.  Waste Connections was the lowest bidder for garbage service.  For paint and painting supplies, Sherwin Williams was the lowest bidder.

Lowe’s Sporting Goods was the low bidder for athletic supplies.

Additionally, First National Bank and Cumberland Valley National Bank were named as depositors.

“We’ve banked with both of these banks for several years,” Bennett said.  “We have to renew our contracts every two years.”

Insurance bids were accepted from Liberty Mutual for general liability, fleet and property and umbrella; KEMI for workman’s comp; Gallagher for pollution; Scholastic for student accident insurance.

“After the initial insurance bids were rejected, we were able to get  $362,000 less than the original quote,” Bennett said.

In other business, the board:

• Discussed adopting the statewide school drop-out age, raising it from 16 to 18 years old.

• Approved the Student Code of Conduct and Acceptable Behavior for the 2013-2014 school year.  The only notable change, said Rhonda Welch, director of pupil personnel, was the banning of electronic cigarettes on campuses.

• Approved KSBA Board policy updates, procedure updates and the Employee Handbook.

• Approved the 2013 – 2014 pay dates schedule.

• Approved to create one speech language pathologist position.

• Approved to create one parent educator position for Bush, Johnson and Camp Ground Family Resource Centers.

• Approved the Lake Cumberland Area Development District grant contract.

• Approved the purchase of stone for additional backfill on the North Laurel Middle School addition and renovation.  Approximately 2,000 tons were purchased at $11.35 per ton.