School construction projects going well for Laurel District

Oct. 14—Before calling the meeting to order, members and administrators of the Laurel County School Board prayed and specifically mentioned the family and colleagues of North Laurel Middle School teacher Anna Jacobs. Jacobs succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Saturday and had been on administrative leave since the end of the 2021-2022 school year. She is survived by her husband, her three sons, her parents, a brother and a multitude of family, friends and former students.

Moving on to the business section of the agenda, council members heard about several construction projects that continue to progress in the Laurel County School District, with some of the finishing touches now being added to the day processing center. .

David Jackson and Ray Vaske presented updates on construction projects to council members at Monday’s biweekly meeting of the Laurel County Schools Board of Education. The decor of the addition blends the rock of the old building into a brick and rock design, similar to that used during the refurbishment of London Elementary School several years ago. Formerly Bush High School, the Day Treatment Center utilizes the 1930s building and gymnasium with the redesign blending architectural designs into the new buildings. Vaske and Jackson said progress is well underway and the new design will offer a “bathroom” that includes a separate toilet for added privacy. Both added that once this construction phase is completed, they will move on to phase 2 which will contain the administrative offices and the media center.

Construction on the cafeteria addition at North Laurel High School has also begun, with Vaske and Jackson showing slides of the progress. Vaske added that bids for the two high schools’ auxiliary gymnasiums would be out soon, adding another project for the school district.

The purchase of five new school buses was also on Monday’s agenda, with council members approving the purchase. Several 2004 and 2005 buses will be used in exchange for the new buses.

In other actions, board members approved:

—2022-2023 interagency agreement with the Department of Juvenile Justice, which will provide $73,710 that will offset Day Treatment Center staff salaries.

—Laurel County School Police Department policy and procedures.

—Christian Appalachian Project In-Kind Donation Sharing Operation Contract with Colony and Hazel Green Elementary Schools.

—Recreate a special needs assistant at Bush Elementary

—Create a special needs preschool assistant for Bush Elementary

—Create a Director of Family Resources position for Camp Ground and Johnson Elementary

Following an executive session with recommended actions, board members approved an appeal of a student disciplinary hearing. School board attorney Larry Bryson explained that the student involved could ask the parent to complete the findings and submit the appropriate documents by Oct. 17, either through hard copies or electronically. .

The Laurel County School Board meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the central office at 5:00 p.m.

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