Food service Director Debbie Dowell made the announcement at last week’s School Board meeting.
The board also voted to pay $18,264.50 to MidSouth Geothermal. The figure is half the amount invoiced several months ago because of an “extraordinary amount” of water the subcontractor encountered last fall in drilling wells for the new middle school’s geothermal heating/cooling system. It is also about $150 more than the board first thought the 50 percent of the added cost would be, said Superintendent Quin Sutton.
On another issue, the board tabled a request for a temporary construction easement on Jenkins Road to move a waterline pending further information from engineers Florence & Hutcheson. And on a related issue, the board discussed reimbursement it received in 2004 for moving a fence necessary for the state Transportation Cabinet to widen U.S. 62.
Sutton explained that the school district had received $40,200 but those funds were deposited into the general fund meaning the district will have to dip into the general fund to replace the fence.
On a third issue, the board approved a contract with Cleaver Construction Co. to replace roofs, doors, bleachers and a lift at the bus garage.
Architect Paul King told the board the contractor can salvage and refurbish 13 door frames saving $6,000. He suggested the board could use that credit to replace locks that would bring the elementary school into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The board agreed.
In other business the board:
n Took no action following an executive session to discuss litigation. The board filed a lawsuit in 2007 regarding alleged defective concrete that forced the demolition of its seven-year-old middle school. That litigation is ongoing.
n Learned an open house at the new middle school is scheduled for Aug. 4.
n Approved policy changes regarding the grading system, retirement of certified and classified personnel, substitute teachers, alternative credit options and academic honors.