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Field to open by April 10

A new baseball field being constructed at Letcher County Central High School could be ready for use this spring, the Letcher County Board of Education learned at its February meeting this week.

Darrell Douglas, landscape architect with Sherman Carter Barnhart PSC, told the board that April 10 is the substantial completion date for construction of the new field.

“Were trying to get this done so those seniors can have some home games,” said Douglas. “All we need to get this done is some nice, long dry winter days.”

Douglas said the construction project is about 50 percent complete.

Brian Dean, LCCHS baseball coach, said the team will play its first few home games at Skyview Park in Haymond. The first home game is set for March 26 against South Floyd. Dean said most of the team’s home games have been scheduled for May so the team can use the new $1.2 million ballpark.

“It’s looking like more of a baseball field every day,” said board member Dr. Sam Quillen Jr.

Douglas also told the school board that the scoreboard donated by Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Company has arrived.

In other business at Monday night’s meeting, Kenneth Cornett, director of pupil personnel, said the district’s attendance rate is rising after last week’s attendance rate dropped to 85 percent because of a number of students suffering the flu, a virus and strep throat. Monday’s district attendance rate was 88.5 percent.

Cornett mentioned three calendar options for the 2008-2009 school year. He said there are minor changes among the three choices, with all three having August 18 being the beginning day of the school year for students. May 27 would be the last day of school for two of the options. One option would include taking off Presidents’ Day, with May 28 being the last day of school for students.

Cornett said faculty and staff will soon get a chance to vote on the choices and the results will be presented to the board at an upcoming meeting.

The board also:

• approved overnight trips for the Letcher County Central High School wrestling team, which was in Frankfort last week for the state wrestling tournament; for the LCCHS Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) to attend a conference in Louisville March 4-8; and for the Letcher County Vocational School HOSA to attend regional competition in Louisville March 5-8. The board also agreed to reimburse the wrestling team up to $1,000 for payment of expenses to participate in state level competition.

• entered into two lease agreements with Xerox for copier/ printers for Martha Jane Potter and Letcher elementary schools. MJP will pay $623.01 for 60 months for a WC 7655 copier/ printer and LES will pay $486.45 for 60 months for a WC 7655 copier/printer.

• entered into a contract agreement with Comp Risk Management, LLC in conjunction with the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative for the purpose of assisting the district in the analysis of property, casualty and works compensation insurance policies. Roger Martin, district finance officer, said the agreement will include assistance in completing applications and compiling information, evaluating proposals of insurance, assistance in negotiating terms and conditions of such insurance and providing email and toll free consultation on a 24/7 basis to personnel of the Letcher County board.

• rehired Darrell Hall as school board attorney beginning March 1 for a period of one year at a cost of $95 an hour with no retainer fee.

“Darrell has done outstanding work for us. He seems to always put us first and get those items done,” said Will Smith, chairman of the board.

Board member Terry Cornett said Hall has never asked for a raise and asked if there were funds to give Hall a raise. Anna Craft, superintendent of the Letcher County School System, said there may be money available for such a pay raise next year.

• named Liz Adams, Save the Children literacy coordinator at Letcher Elementary School, as the board’s employee of the month.

• approved payment of $204,362.10 to Elliott Contracting for services rendered during construction of the LCCHS baseball field.

• approved a change order for the construction of the baseball field adding $24,806.53 for the installation of concrete walks, and adding $9,669.20 for the addition of standing seam metal roofing instead of asphalt shingles.

• heard Martin report that the general ledger balance was $5,075,565.04 as of Monday.

The board also learned that Betty Von Caudill submitted her resignation as LCCHS head volleyball coach on February 13.

“I hate to see a resignation of our volleyball coach,” said Quillen.

“She has done an outstanding job for us and should be commended,” said Smith.

The next board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. March 24 in the Lendell Smith Memorial Conference Room of the Letcher County School Bus Garage in Whitesburg.

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