Winding down the past school year and preparation for the upcoming year were issues dealt with by members of the Laurel County School Board during their bi-monthly meeting on Monday night.

After some staff and student recognitions, the board members got straight to business and discussed a variety of topics related to the district’s future.

The agreement with the state for Family Resource/Youth Service Centers was approved, with Superintendent Dr. Doug Bennett explaining the agreement provides salaries for those workers as well as student resources. Those funds will benefit the school system in the upcoming school year as board members approved re-creating positions at two schools during the meeting. That approval will re-create a Family Resource Center Director position at Colony/Hazel Green Elementary and a three-days per week position for Youth Service secretary at South Laurel High School. The school system currently has 12 FRYSC centers.

Positions to be re-created for the upcoming school year include: Director of Secondary Education due to the retirement of former director Monica Smith, a four-hour cook position at NLHJS, Math teacher at Center for Innovation, cook/baker/assistant cafe manager at SLMS, three GEAR UP academic interventionist positions, a clerical assistant Ii position, a physical education teacher at Cold Hill Elementary, a district summer maintenance worker position and a secretary to the Superintendent position.

Other positions to be added are: Special Education LBD (Learning Behavior Disabled) teacher at Sublimity, an LBD teacher position to be split between Colony and Cold Hill, one LBD teacher at London Elementary, a part-time LBD teacher at Hazel Green, an MSD (Moderate/Severe Disability) teacher at SLHS and a preschool assistant position at Keavy Elementary. Board members also voted to create two new positions - an LBD position at Bush Elementary and one LBD teacher at South Laurel Middle School. A Title I teacher at Hazel Green and London Elementary schools and two Title I teacher positions at Wyan Pine Grove Elementary rounded out the new job availabilities.

In bids for services for the upcoming year, First National Bank submitted - and was awarded - the bank services for the school system. Petroleum Traders won the bid for gasoline and diesel while Sherwin Williams submitted the sole bid to supply paint and supplies. ATS was the sole bidder for asphalt, blacktop and installation, while BSN won the overall bid to supply needed athletic equipment. Waste Connections will continue to provide the school system’s garbage services, while filters and batteries will be purchased by a case by case basis.

In other actions, board members voted to approve:

• Bids and cost estimates for re-roofing project at Bush Elementary

• Middle school math textbook

• KAGE (Kentucky Association for Gifted Education) Foundation’s Professional Learning contract

• Performance Commissioning Agency subcontract agreement for Hunter Hills Elementary

• Edgenuity Inc. with software license agreement

• Dental service agreements with Young Smiles LLC and Kids First dental care for 2019-2020 academic year

• Municipal advisory services agreement with Ross, Sinclaire and Associates.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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