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Vo-tech building near completion, board told

Letcher County students could have vocational classes in a new facility by spring 2012.

Chris Russell, construction manager of the Letcher County Area Technology Center, said the final completion date for the $8.9 million project is Jan. 11.

“We’re basically about to wrap this thing up,” Russell told the Letcher County Board of Education at its November meeting Monday.

The 50,000 square-foot center will connect to the Letcher County Central High School building with a pedestrian walkway, which will be delivered in January.

“I’m excited about it for Letcher County,” said Russell. “It is really amazing.”

District Two Magistrate Terry Adams, who was visiting the meeting concerning another matter, asked the board if coal severance money was used to fund the new center.

Board Chairman Will Smith said multi-county coal severance money was obtained. Funding for the vo-tech center includes $4 million from the General Assembly and $1 million in multi-county coal severance money from Letcher, Knott, Harlan and Pike fiscal courts. Funding also includes a bond sale of $ 3,275,000 from the school facilities construction commission office of assistance, $ 585,000 from the school facilities construction commission urgent needs, $ 585,000 from the Letcher County Schools Education Foundation urgent need matching grant, and $1,023,000 from the Letcher County Board of Education with bond sales, investments and sale of property.

In other business, Kenneth Cornett, director of pupil personnel, said West Whitesburg Elementary School had the highest enrollment in the district for the third month of the school year with 94.17 percent. The district’s attendance rate for the year to date is 93.57 percent.

The board also:

• named Sherry Lucas, secretary at Cowan Elementary School, as employee of the month.

• approved a request by In His Grip, Inc. to hold a concert featuring the Singing Cookes on Dec. 4 at the Letcher County Central High School auditorium.

• approved a request by the LCCHS wrestling team to travel to Paintsville for wrestling matches on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17.

• approved the LCCHS dance team’s request to participate in a dance competition in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Dec. 2–Dec. 4.

• authorized Supt. Anna Craft to complete necessary paperwork for the purchase of two 66-passenger school buses at a cost of $88,531 each.

• approved change orders for the construction of the Letcher County Area Technology Center. The change order totaling $10,470 is to provide cold weather protection during the placement of concrete. A $2,274 change order was approved to provide labor and material to raise the pedway to meet the height of the tallest delivery truck. A credit of $355 will be added after 1’ 8” x 1’ 8” chase on the east side of the space was omitted.

• approved the following payment of claims for construction of the Letcher County Area Technology Center: WD Construction, LLC, $10,343; Premier Precast Products, $3,349; Alliance Corporation, $108,650; Elliott Supply & Glass, $8,873.10; Kawneer Company, Inc., $12,434.95; Grayhawk, $ 54,798.90; Nexgen Building Supply, $ 17,425.86; Bastin Painting, Inc., $12,156.03; D-C Elevator Company, $ 9,755.10; American International Services, $24,374; Simplexgrinnel, LP, $10,404.45; Elliott Contracting, $110,636.20; Allied Technologies, $47,830; Allied Communications, $9,496.08; Blackmore & Glunt, $6,434; Ferguson Enterprises, $93.60; Elliott Supply & Glass, $8,000; Summit Communications, LLC, $17,082.50; Codell Construction, $17,535; and Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, $6,983.61.

• approved the district’s financial report, payment of bills and transfers and payment of October salaries. Gary Caldwell, district finance officer, reported a bank balance of $ 6,303,773.28, with $2,723,451.59 of that being a construction fund.

• learned of the retirement of Freda Davis, a teacher at West Whitesburg Elementary School, and the employment of Lacey C. Ison, a teacher at Beckham Bates Elementary School.

• learned of the following classified retirements and resignations: Donna Bates, secretary at Letcher Elementary School; Allan Brimmer, Letcher County Central High School bus driver; Tammy Cook, program assistant II at Cowan Elementary School; Donita Delph, instructional assistant II at LCC; Carol Halcomb, lunch manager at Beckham Bates Elementary School; Tommie Hogg, instructional assistant II and lunch monitor at Cowan; Tammye McIntosh, district- wide substitute instructional assistant and bus monitor; Frankie Martin, instructional assistant II at Letcher Elementary; and Courtney Sumpter, district-wide bus driver.

• learned of the classifi ed hiring of James Baker as an instructional assistant II at LCCHS; Christopher T. Bentley as a custodian at WWES; Deborah Owens as a district-wide cook and baker; Suzanna Taylor as an instructional assistant at BBES; and Cherith Wright as a custodian at WMS.

The next regular board meeting is set for 6: 30 p. m. on Dec. 19 at the Lendell Smith Memorial Conference Room of the Letcher County School Bus Garage.

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