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New Ky. 52 changes view of Paint Lick school

August 13, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - Garrard County school board expressed concern Tuesday over where the new Ky. 52 has been placed in relation to Paint Lick Elementary School.

Board Chairman Joe Brown said the height of the new road is much less than the old road, making the view of the school much more difficult.

"It's way down where the other road was, 30 feet at one point. It's a shock," he said.

Brown said when the road is finished, the sight of the school will be very reduced. He said the state Department of Highways and the contractor may possibly do more grading to improve the problem.

In other business, the board:

* Denied requests from parents seeking a release so their children could attend schools in other districts. Mike Philbeck asked the board to allow his son to attend Berea Community School and Steve Pingleton asked the board to release his children to attend school in Rockcastle County. Superintendent Ray Woolsey said there were already a maximum number of students from Garrard County attending schools in both of those districts, according to contracts that exist with each system, and recommended the board deny the requests.

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* Heard an update on renovation projects at Camp Dick elementary and Garrard middle schools. Four rooms are being added on to each school. Woolsey said progress is slow on both projects, but it is not interfering with classroom instruction. He said construction crews have run into foundation troubles at each school. Woolsey said school officials are being told Camp Dick will be finished before the middle school. Both contracts were let simultaneously.

* Approved a new retirement plan for teachers. Woolsey said American Fidelity offers a deferred income plan that lets teachers put away money for retirement.

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