By Magen McCrarey
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Laurel County students have missed nine days of school so far this year due to weather and illness. On Monday, the Laurel County Board of Education approved to amend the school calendar, moving the last day of school to May 17.
This change will not affect graduation, which will be held on May 18.
Students are required to attend 170 instructional days with 1,062.5 instructional hours with 375 instructional minutes per day.
According to Kevin Cheek of Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, they are making progress at North Laurel Middle School, with exterior walls going up quickly. Administrative offices are currently being erected. Offices were relocated to make room for four resource rooms as well as the school's revised parking areas. Although the project originally was expected to be completed by July 2013, construction is expected to continue throughout the summer.
Finishing touches will be made by the time school begins on August 7.
Cheek stated the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) complimented the district on their Career Readiness Center plans. Members of the KDE stated the current plans are a good start to the project.
In other matters, the board:
• Revised construction documents for Hunter Hills, Hazel Green and South Laurel Middle School re-roofing projects.
• Created five summer school credit recovery special education teacher positions. Last year, more than 20 students from North Laurel High School attended summer school credit recovery while 15 attended from South Laurel High.
• Hired one speech language pathologist for up to 20 days in the summer for preschool student testing.