Parents lined across the middle of the East Bernstadt Independent School library, cheering and taking photos last Thursday. The school board recognized their boys for being the runners-up in this year's elementary basketball season. With Coach Richard Boothe standing by, the team proudly held up a new school banner signifying their victory.
"I ordered it the moment we won as the elementary runner-up basketball team," said Superintendent Vicki Jones, "I want to present this to the boys tonight. I am so proud of their accomplishments as our elementary basketball team. They were the runners-up in the whole district of Laurel County."
Jones boasted that the team is also accomplished academically, affectionately referring to the kids as "well-rounded young fellas."
"I also want to thank Coach Boothe," she continued. "He really, really puts in a lot of time with these kids and he's a good role model for them."
The banner depicts the current East Bernstadt elementary boys' basketball team posing with their coach. It will hang in the school's gym.
In other actions, the East Bernstadt Independent school board:
• Announced a balance of $1,097,115.72 for March. In addition, the school received a $23,000 refund for their Kentucky Schools Boards Insurance Trust, (KISBIT.) The reimbursement nearly covers the amount for another payment of the insurance, which costs $25,000 a year. East Bernstadt Independent has two more payments remaining.
• Announced attendance of 92.45 percent of students in March, which is the lowest attendance has been in the current school year. According to Jones, many students faced flu and strep in March. She assured that the school's cleaning staff is working hard to disinfect the premise.
• Announced that on Friday, April 12, school staff would wear blue in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness.
• Family Science Night will be held on Tuesday, April 16 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The event will feature Jason Lindsey, a scientist personality featured on television programs Today! and Fox and Friends.
• Additionally, the final MAP testing of the year will begin this week to determine if there is anything students are still struggling with before KPREP testing, which starts on May 6 and ends on May 10.
• Middle School prom night will be held on April 26, with the athletic banquet following on April 30.
• Announced that Curtis Storm will be resigning as an assistant basketball coach for next year. Storm currently serves as a middle school teacher, bus driver and an archery coach. Jones said Storm wanted to focus on his archery team, which he had taken to the state tournament this year.