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Adair County School board has short July 2012 regular meeting

Board gets good news on opening day readiness, and new school construction. Parents requests for children to stay at ACES granted. 2012-13 Substitute Teacher Manual, by Adair County Supervisor of Instruction Phyllis Curry, singled out for special praise

By Ed Waggener

The Adair County School District Campus has been undergoing an intense cleanup in readiness for the August 8, 2012, school start, Superintendent Allen Reed reported at last night's brief, 16-minute regular session.

The clean-up came with a bit of extra prodding of the new superintendent, an admitted neatnik who insists on strict maintenance. The work, while mostly cosmetic in nature, has resulted in a noticeable improvement to the campus. Lawn and fence edges have been trimmed, a lot of trim and doorwork has been painted, and the blacktop has been patched - as much as can be done given the extreme budget constraints this year, he said.

Mr. Reed suggested board members drive the campus to see the work which has been completed already.

The new elementary school is already paying dividends

The looming prospect of a new Colonel William Casey school is already paying dividends, at least for two parent requests for student transfers. Both asked for the the board to allow their children to remain at Adair County Elementary rather than be transferred to Colonel William Casey, and both requests were granted after Assistant Superintendent Brenda Mann told the board that the transfers can be handled easily at ACES. Since school starts before the next board meeting, Mrs. Mann said, she expects no further requests for transfers.

Board Member Mike Harris reminded the board that transfer requests won't be an issue after the new school is completed, because after that time, all students in a grade level will be in the same school. At present, students from the areas formerly served by Shepherd, Sparksville, and Knifley go to the new school, ACES, while city students go to Colonel William Casey.

All five members were present for this vote, and all voted affirmatively.

Board hears progress reports from Jeff Smith, Branscum Construction

Jeff Smith, site manager for Branscum Construction, Russell Springs, the project manager for the replacement school for Colonel William Casey, gave the first of monthly owners progress reports the board will be receiving.

In July, he reported that the site work was mobilized and the general layout of construction limits have been established, erosion control is mostly in place, tree protection is in place, topsoil is mostly stripped, and the layout of building points for drilling and the MEP (maximum extent practical) trench layout is done.

Drilling and shooting of rock at the building pad has been started, with three shots fired yesterday afternoon. He said that the pre-blast survey is done and has been placed in front of the high school on the lawn. Several firms have laid out their trenches for blasting, he said, and others are on standby to get that work done.

In the next month Smith said, the aim is to have all blasting done, and footers, foundation walls, and underground plumbing will be completed in one major area of the building. He said that overhead power lines, temporary water lines and temporary power will be connected to the site.In other action

Board Member Mike Harris acknowledged the board's gratitude for monthly reports Branscum will be delivering, noting that such reports would have been a huge advantage in the construction of the next previous major project, the Adair County Elementary School building.

The board approved the Agenda and Consent Agenda) with 4-0 separate votes, with Mike Harris (Div. 5), Marsha Walker (2), Joseph Payne (3) , and Chairman Floyd Burton (4) all voting in the affirmative by show of hands. These votes came early in the meeting, before member Rebecca Turner (1) arrived.

The consent agenda included approval of the 2012-2013 Substitute Teacher Manual, which drew praise from Board Member Marsha Walker, who said she had heard from substitute teachers that the manual is detailed and easy to use. The book was written by Supervisor of Instruction Phyllis Curry.

End of Report, Special Regular Meeting, July 19, 2012

Information About Your Adair County Schools
The Adair County School Board meets at 7pmCT, each third Thursday, at the Board Conference Room, lower level, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY. Adair County Board of Education: Chairman Floyd Burton (Division 4) Members Rebecca Turner (Division 1); Marsha Walker (Division 2), Joseph Payne, (Division 3), Mike Harris (Division 5) .

Superintendent Alan W. Reed. School Board Attorney Jeff Hoover. Assistant Superintendent Brenda Mann, Instructional Supervisor Phyllis Curry; Anita Wethington, Special Education Director; Mike Akin, Title 1 Coordinator; Carla Perkins, Technology Coordinator; David Jones, Transportation Director; Ricky Bault, Maintenance Director; Carol Roy, Food Services Director; Renae Smith, Finance Officer. Becky Bailey, Board Secretary.

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Jeff Smith gives report on new school construction progress

2012-07-20 - 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Jeff Smith,
left, standing of Branscum Construction Co., Russell Springs, KY, gave the first monthly owners progress report to the Adair County School Board at its July 19, 2012 meeting. Seated are Jim Leib, correspondent for the WAVE, FM 92.7, and Allison Holland, reporter for the Adair County Community Voice. Superintendent Alan W. Reed said that he's pleased with the construction thus far, singing out the care being taken with the blasting in site preparation and compaction for one of the drives in early stages of development.

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