North Laurel High Softball team

The North Laurel High softball team was recognized Monday by the school board for winning the 13 Region Championship for the second straight year. 

Providers for several products and services in the Laurel County Schools were chosen Monday by the school board.

The board approved bids on school pictures, yearbooks, garbage services, gas and diesel and food service.

While the remaining chosen service providers were named during the meeting, the awarding of the food service providers was approved simultaneously with other items on the agenda.

The school board routinely lists items on the agenda that it votes on “as a block.”

The chosen food service providers are Borden Dairy Food Service, PFG (Performance Food Group), and Pepsi. BFG will provide supplies, and Norvex Supply out of Corbin will provide janitorial supplies, superintendent Doug Bennett said after the meeting.

The schools’ gas and diesel will be provided by the low bidder, Petroleum Traders Corporation.

Waste Connections Inc., which Bennett said was the sole bidder, will provide garbage service.

The cost for the service will be the same as last year, Bennett said.

The school pictures contract was awarded to Lifetouch Pictures out of Knoxville, with a secondary bid award going to Forever Memories in case of scheduling conflicts with Lifetouch.

Balfour will be doing the yearbooks for both high school and both middle schools.

Also on Monday, the school board recognized two 2016 graduates for their attendance, and the students were given checks by the London-Laurel Ruritan Club.

North graduate William House graduated last month without having missed a day his entire school career, Bennett said. House was awarded $300 by the Ruritan Club.

Aaron Rice, who graduated from South, missed just two and a half days in high school. He was awarded $200.

The board also recognized Bush elementary student Savannah Philpot, who took third in a national archery competition. Philpot scored 28 out of a possible 300, Bennett said.

The North Laurel High School softball team also received recognition. The team won the 13th Region for the second year in a row.

The school board also recognized South Laurel High students in the Family and Community Career Leaders of America program. The team is going to nationals in San Diego with their project about efforts to promote clean water.

In other business Monday, the board:

• voted to approve a memorandum of agreement with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for the district to receive a $746,000 grant for its Family Resource Youth Service Centers. Bennett said the grant allows the district to provide clothing, shoes and other resources for students who might need them. Bennett said the grant is “not very different” than what the district received last year.

• approved the technology plan for the 2016-2017 school year.

• voted to approve receipt of playground fitness equipment for Wyan-Pine Elementary. The equipment will be provided by Project Fit America, and will be installed at no cost to the district, director of accounting Adam Hooker told the board. Project Fit America is a national non-profit organization that that creates and administers fitness in education programming in schools, grades K-8, according to its website. Wyan-Pine is the first Laurel County school chosen by the program, Hooker said. The equipment will be in addition to the current playground equipment at the school. It is set to be installed next month.

• approved various fundraiser requests.

• approved an out-of-state student travel request.

• voted to approve a treasurer bond for the 2016-2017 school year.

• re-created several positions, including a Family Resource Center director position at Hunter Hills Elementary, a cook/baker position at North Laurel Middle, an instructional assistant position at Laurel County Day Treatment, a district academic specialist position, a school psychologist position, two LBD teacher positions at North Laurel High School, an LBD teacher position at Bush Elementary, a special needs instructional assistant at Bush Elementary, an LBD teacher position at Keavy Elementary, and LBD PASS teach position at Hunter Hills, and LBD teacher at South Laurel Middle, and MSD teacher position at South Laurel High and an LBD teacher position at Spectrum Academy.

• voted to create several positions, including a classified counselor position at Laurel County Day Treatment, a district security officer, and LBD teacher position at London Elementary, an MSD teacher position at North Laurel High, a special needs instructional assistant at North Laurel High, an LBD teacher positions at Colony Elementary and North Laurel Middle School.

• approved a student teacher agreements with Eastern Kentucky University and Midway.

• approved the 2016-2017 Certified Evaluation Plan.

• approved an amended 2016-2017 salary schedule.

• entered into closed session to discuss litigation.

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