Jenkins Middle High School is getting a facelift that will include a bulletproof limited access main entrance designed for school safety. At the February meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education, Construction Supervisor Mike Grayson of Trace Creek Construction told the board he is very pleased with the progress being made in the early work. Along with the entrance, the upgrades will include improvements to the gymnasium, the stage area, and locker rooms, along with complete safety upgrades in building entrances and surveillance, and several cosmetic and other changes.
Grayson told the board that the Vanceburg-based company considers student safety to be its main concern and his workers are always cognizant of safety factors in the work they do. He praised the board and school personnel for their cooperation and said his goal is to be able to give them a job that will last for a generation. Grayson said the initial work started in the locker room area and about half of the demolition is complete. He said the company will start on the volleyball side soon and thanked the volleyball coaches and players for their willingness to allow the workers access to their space.
Jenkins Superintendent Mike Genton said he is very satisfied with Trace Creek’s efforts and said that Grayson had voluntarily stayed after work to speak with the board. Genton said be believes Trace Creek will do everything it can to live up to its motto, “Your Job is Our Reputation.”
In a related matter, the board voted unanimously to approve Pyramid Engineering as project engineers. Pyramid is a Lexington firm specializing in structural engineering and Superintendent Genton said the company had been recommended by Mike Sparkman of ALT-32, the architectural firm for the building project. Genton gave each board member drawings of the stage area for the gym and several alternative stage designs. He said he hopes to have Sparkman at the March meeting and the board can settle on a stage design.
In other business, Elementary Assistant Principal Amanda Anderson reported that students at Burdine Elementary are getting ready for the Reading Across America program. She also praised the Jenkins Elementary Academic Team for placing second overall in the District Academic Competition. Anderson said she treated the team members to a Mexican dinner as a reward for their hard work. For a further reading celebration, the school breakfast next week will be Green Eggs and Ham to celebrate Dr. Seuss.
Anderson added that all staff and teachers participated in a webinar program with the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative on question strategies for upcoming testing. She added that the Reading Recovery Grant has been submitted and all fourth graders now have Chromebooks for schoolwork.
Jenkins Middle High School Principal Stacie Collier told the board that three Lady Cav basketball players were chosen to the All District Team, Lindsey Rose and sisters Jerrica and Kristin Thacker. Both Thacker sisters have scored 1,000 points and Rose, a freshman, has pulled down 500 rebounds.
Superintendent Genton gave the attendance report and said as of February 18 attendance stood at 92.5. He said it has been a bit low recently due to widespread illness, but things are starting to improve. He added that enrollment for the system is 419.
District Finance Officer Candala Gibson reported that the General Fund stands at $788,885.78. She added that there are only ten more pay periods left in the school year. Gibson also reported on a new contract for the three system copiers, one for each campus and one for the district office. She said the contract with American Business will save the system $3,000 each year for its five-year life, for a total of $15,000.
The board unanimously approved the senior trip to Kissimmee Florida, which will include trips to Universal Studios.