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Jenkins loses coach and principal, will get Cavalier mural repainted



The Jenkins Independent Schools have lost grade school Principal Gracie Maggard and football coach and athletic director Larry Maggard to Letcher County Schools.

Coach Maggard will join the Letcher County Central football staff and Gracie Maggard will assume the duties of principal at Fleming Neon Middle School.

The news came at the July meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education. Superintendent Deborah Watts said she regrets seeing them leave, but staff changes are common in schools and Jenkins will move on. Jenkins has lost both elementary administrators this summer with McRoberts Assistant Principal Amanda Sturgill resigning to return to classroom teaching.

In other business, Board Chairman Durward Narramore told the board that preparations are underway to replace the Cavalier mural that was painted over without the board’s permission. Narramore said he met with board members of the Little Shepherd Amphitheater and that a new Cavalier will be painted on a flat across from the original site at the old CSX Railroad trestle beside the road leading to U.S. 23/119. Narramore said the trestle is no longer a suitable site because of water seeping through the concrete blocks. He said the new Cavalier will consist of two 10×15-foot panels in a metal frame and will illuminated. Narramore said he hopes it will be up by the Jenkins Homecoming Festival Centennial Celebration.

District Finance Office Candala Gibson said the district finished the year with a balance of $289,158.32.

Board Vice Chairman Tracy Goff told the board the Jenkins Football Field Commission has reported that the field is close to being ready for the first game. Goff said the only holdup is getting a transformer placed by Kentucky Power, which he said should be in place in two weeks.

Superintendent Watts said McRoberts Elementary School is ready for the first day of school and Burdine Elementary only lacks some painting. She praised the school janitors, saying they are a good crew who work hard and stay on schedule. She added that the middle high school is nearly ready and that all carpets will be shampooed after some additional painting is finished.

The board tabled the receipt of bids for annual supplies because it only received one bid, which was not opened. Board Chairman Narramore said it will be revisited later.

The board also approved changes to the system’s Student Handbook and Tracy Goff asked for clarification on the uniform color policy.

The board agreed that any variance from the uniform policies in the handbook must have board approval. Goff also asked for clarification on travel policy for the cross-country team, which he said has to participate in four meets a season in order to qualify for state meets. Goff said that often, the meets fall outside the 50-mile limit the board adopted last month, but the board members agreed that these are regular seasonal distinct meets so they will be paid for.



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