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March 17, 2014

BOE approves Career Readiness contract

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Laurel County Board of Education approved a contract with the Facility Commissioning Group for the Laurel County Career Readiness Center Monday in the amount of $69,425.

As the building is constructed, the Lexington-based group will test fundamental systems such as electrical and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Superintendent Dr. Doug Bennett stated that this conditioning would “save us money in the long run” and ensure the “building is constructed to our specifications.”

In other matters:

• Bennett recognized board member Tommy Smith, who he stated went “above and beyond” the necessary requirements for school board training. Smith attended 25 more professional development hours than was required by the state and has now received his Level 1 certification by the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA). He has been a member of the board since 2007.

• The tentative last day of school for students in May 30; and the tentative graduation day is May 31, pending additional inclement weather and snow days.

Students will attend school on Friday, March 28 to make up one snow day.

• The board approved the non-resident contracts with Perry, Jackson, Leslie and Whitley county schools for the 2014-2015 school year; and Rockcastle County Schools for 2014-2017. The exchange of students between school districts allows ADA money to follow the student in which they attend.

• The board discontinued volunteer participation in the AdvancED SACS/CASI Accreditation process.  Bennett stated the district had other “checks and balances” in place with other accreditation processes such as the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP) and Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (TPGES).

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