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BOE approves next year’s calendar, plans to lower ceiling

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By Beth Braden

Next year’s school calendar is official, with slight changes as compared to this year’s calendar. For the 2013-14 school year, students will return from summer vacation on Aug. 9 for registration and attend their first full day of class on Aug. 12. Veterans Day, Nov. 11, will be a holiday. An adjusted Christmas break will ensure that students will return on Jan. 6, 2014, a Monday.

“Christmas break will go through, we won’t go back on a Friday,” said Board Chairman Josh Parker.

Spring break is slated for March 24-28, 2014. The year will end on May 30, 2014. 

Ceiling

Lowering the ceiling in the Jellico Elementary School cafeteria will help save on energy costs, according to board member Rector Miller.

“They’ve got a ceiling probably 30 feet high,” he said. “They have to work in conditions where it’s too hot or too cold.”

Due to an energy agreement with Trane, the schools have saved $78,000 above the initial guarantee. Spending some money now to lower the ceiling will help increase the savings, Miller said.

“This is just another avenue if we spend a little money I hope it would add to those savings,” he said.

The motion was approved unanimously.

School safety

Motions to place school resources officers at all elementary schools and the learning academy have been tabled under the advise of board attorney Dail Cantrell.

The state legislature is currently discussing funding additional officers for the state’s public school, Cantrell said.

A second motion to approve security vestibule installation at five of the schools was also tabled pending decisions by state legislature.

Other business

• For the fiscal year, expenditures are at 47.1 percent while revenue is at 50 percent, according to Campbell County finance director Jeff Marlow.

• The School Improvement Network was awarded the bid for professional development software for the Title I program. They will be paid $81,980.

• Verizon was awarded the contract for next year’s cellular service at $28.84 per month.

• The board of education will advertise for commodity processed food items.

Next year’s school calendar is official, with slight changes as compared to this year’s calendar. For the 2013-14 school year, students will return from summer vacation on Aug. 9 for registration and attend their first full day of class on Aug. 12. Veterans Day, Nov. 11, will be a holiday. An adjusted Christmas break will ensure that students will return on Jan. 6, 2014, a Monday.

“Christmas break will go through, we won’t go back on a Friday,” said Board Chairman Josh Parker.

Spring break is slated for March 24-28, 2014. The year will end on May 30, 2014. 

Ceiling

Lowering the ceiling in the Jellico Elementary School cafeteria will help save on energy costs, according to board member Rector Miller.

“They’ve got a ceiling probably 30 feet high,” he said. “They have to work in conditions where it’s too hot or too cold.”

Due to an energy agreement with Trane, the schools have saved $78,000 above the initial guarantee. Spending some money now to lower the ceiling will help increase the savings, Miller said.

“This is just another avenue if we spend a little money I hope it would add to those savings,” he said.

The motion was approved unanimously.

School safety

Motions to place school resources officers at all elementary schools and the learning academy have been tabled under the advise of board attorney Dail Cantrell.

The state legislature is currently discussing funding additional officers for the state’s public school, Cantrell said.

A second motion to approve security vestibule installation at five of the schools was also tabled pending decisions by state legislature.

Other business

• For the fiscal year, expenditures are at 47.1 percent while revenue is at 50 percent, according to Campbell County finance director Jeff Marlow.

• The School Improvement Network was awarded the bid for professional development software for the Title I program. They will be paid $81,980.

• Verizon was awarded the contract for next year’s cellular service at $28.84 per month.

• The board of education will advertise for commodity processed food items.