School board meets: January 2015

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SALYERSVILLE - The Magoffin County Board of Education met in the first regular session meeting of the year, with the new board members getting a chance to get caught up on where the district is currently.

Finance Officer Kevin Owens explained how to read the bank reconciliation and the purpose of each of the different types of funds. He said he would have the draft budget ready for their acknowledgement by the next meeting, which is required to be reviewed and recognized by the end of the month.

Katrina Littrell, with alt32, the architecture and design firm, updated the Board on the new high school project, explaining that the project is now under construction. Despite the weather, they have been able to stay on schedule. 

Kenny Davis with Codell Construction told the Board that the demolition at the baseball and softball fields (the old Herald Whitaker Middle School site) is basically at a standstill. All of the work that can be done is completed, but the project will remain open until they can finalize the bids.

Work on the new high school continues, Davis said, weather-allowing. If no other weather days were needed, the building would be complete by May 13, 2016. Right now he said the key is to getting a section of the construction under a roof, which would give them a critical path to work. 

Davis explained that the contractor can extend the contract with weather days, but in the summer they will hire more workers to get those days back and remain on schedule. Davis said they understand the importance of giving the school time to move into the building before classes begin in the fall, so their intent is to turn the building over to the school district in July 2016.

They are going to rebid the gym after receiving higher-than-expected numbers in December, this time in a way to bring the cost down to help fund the project. They are also crunching numbers to see if the funding exists for the new baseball and softball complex, which will all be ready to address by the next regular Board meeting.

 The Board approved non-resident contracts with bordering counties for the 2015-2016 school year, as well as petition for intervention with the Kentucky School Board Association, which is going to meet with AEP to negotiate the 30 percent increase to the electric bill affecting most of the schools in the district.

Per their request, the two new school board members, Rodney Ward and Jesse Rudd, will be meeting with the architects and contractors to go over the current construction plans underway.