Casey declares school property surplus

March 09, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

MIDDLEBURG - Preparations are being made to sell two parcels of land adjacent to Middleburg Elementary School. The property will no longer be needed when the school consolidates with Garrett Elementary and students move into the new Jones Park Elementary a few miles west of the current site.

Casey County Board of Education agreed Monday night to declare the property surplus and have it appraised. The property includes the tract across the street from the school and another one at the right of the school. No decision has been made on the tract where the school building sits.

The board said it has three options to sell the land. It can have a public auction, take sealed bids or establish a price after the property is appraised. The decision will be made later.

Jones Park Elementary School on Ky. 70 is expected to open in 2005.

Board Chairman Don Sweeney also gave an update on the construction of the new school. He said plans call for a metal roof that will come over the top side of the wall about two feet to meet the brick.


He said a recent redesign caused the school to lose a few square feet, but it still will be 65,000 square foot.

The project will be advertised for bids within the next 30 to 60 days, Sweeney said.

A $5,300 bid from QORE Inc. to do a geotechnical exploration at Jones Park Elementary was approved.

On the advice of Rosemary Woodruff of First Kentucky Securities, which holds bonds on school property, the board also agreed to refinance a 1993 bond issue to save an estimated $33,000.

In other construction matters, the board approved a $97,771 payment to Doss and Horky in Danville for the middle school heating and air conditioning renovation.

Concerns expressed about losing nurses at Middleburg, Liberty

Concerns also were expressed about nurses at Middleburg and Liberty elementaries after the board learned that Lake Cumberland District Health Department will increase the cost. The cost will go from $3,000 per nurse to $10,000 per school for a registered nurse and $7,500 for a licensed practical nurse.

The board delayed action on the matter until the April meeting.

"Our nurse means a lot to us, and teachers and parents are concerned about losing her," said Liberty Principal Marcenia Brown. Her school has offered to put up $5,000 in instructional funds and hold fund-raisers to get additional money.

"If there is a problem, we have the nurse there to dispense medication," said Brown. "We feel conformable knowing a nurse is there. She takes care of physicals and immunizations, too."

Middleburg Principal Craig Griffin went along with Brown in the $5,000 offer to help pay a nurse. He said the school nurse has been a blessing for the children at the school who need assistance with their medication.

Pam Buis, who has a grandchild at the school, said without the nurse, her grandchild could not function at school.

"I'm very concerned about this," she said. "I realize there are financial problems, but we should never forfeit a child's health. It's a relief for parents to know a nurse is here. We just can't give up a school nurse."

Sweeney said the board will consider the concerns.

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