School Board attorney Marvin Wilson will contact Florence & Hutcheson and ask for clarification of a temporary easement agreement approved by the board. Approval of such issues are subject to Wilson's review.
Charles McCann and Ron Steakley asked the board to approve the easement, which it did at its Monday night meeting. But later in the meeting, two board members and Wilson questioned language in the agreement document. The board then agreed by consensus to authorize Wilson to seek clarification.
McCann is the project engineer for relocating utilities for the city of Eddyville in conjunction with the Transportation Cabinet's widening of U.S. 62 to Interstate 69 (Western Kentucky Parkway). Construction to widen the highway from the end of the four-lane strip is expected to begin in September, McCann said.
The area of the easement contains the school district's main fiber optic cable, said Dale Holloway, technology coordinator via a conference call during the meeting. And board members expressed concern that the relocation of a water line might damage the cable.
On another issue, the board approved on second reading, a Kentucky School Board Association policy with changes specifying that each board member "shall review all bills."
The board also discussed the new state law requiring students to stay in school until they are 18. The first school districts that opted to implement the requirement early received $10,000. Once 55 percent of school districts adopt the requirement, all districts must implement it by 2017.
Despite the $10,000 incentive to implement the law early, it would have been more costly for Lyon County. Lyon had only five dropouts in the last three years.
Superintendent Quin Sutton explained that to implement the law early would have meant hiring someone to enforce it, which would have cost considerably more than $10,000.
In other business:
n Architect Paul King reported on change orders and completion details of the middle school and renovation projects. King said he has received all the inspection certificates required for the middle school and it can now obtain a certificate of occupancy.
n Noted there will be an open house at the middle school from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 4.
n Approved use of school buildings as Red Cross shelters in a disaster.
Sutton noted that he had discussed the matter with Judge-Executive Wade White and the county also has designated the Lyon Convention Center as a disaster shelter.