Branscum gets Garrard school contract

November 11, 2004|BOBBIE CURD

LANCASTER - Garrard County Board of Education accepted a bid Tuesday night for construction projects on the two elementary schools.

Branscum Construction Co.'s bid was the lowest of four submitted, and was accepted at $1.3 million.

The project will entail adding a cafeteria and a front canopy to Paint Lick Elementary, and an additional class room and canopy to Lancaster Elementary.

Jeff Stivers from Ross Tarrant Architecture said the four bids received were higher than originally expected.

After a discussion on whether to possibly start the bidding process again, Superintendent Ray Woolsey said the structural improvements are greatly needed and are a permanent addition to both schools.

He advised that cutting anything out of the project would cause further delay and disrupt the next school year.

A special meeting is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 18 in reference to the plan of approving the bond sale contract with Hilliard Lyons which was scratched at the last minute during Tuesday night's meeting.


The bond sale will go towards paying for the construction projects on the two elementaries.

In addition, the board also approved geotechnical proposals for the Garrard County High School site selection.

The geotechnical survey will research the four proposed sites, which include two on Lexington Road (U.S. 27), one on Industry Road (Ky. Route 39), and one on Ky. 52.

The current high school building will become a middle school, with grades five through eight , when the construction project is completed.

Special recognition

Special recognition and salute were given to band boosters Rosey East and Debbie Cravens, band directors Chris Vance, Noel Green and Keith Brown, and student field commanders Arron Huffman and Chelsea Napier.

All were given a certificate by the board and rounds of applause for "jobs very, very well done," as Joe Brown put it, a chairman on the Board of Education.

Principal Janet Overstreet lead the recognition of Janet Kiper, a certified staff member from Camp Dick Robinson Elementary who has taught for over 40 years.

In addition, Brian Preston, the janitor at the school, was recognized as a classified staff member.

Three students from Camp Dick Elementary gave their own special recognition to the board, teachers, and the principal for allowing them to take a class trip to Washington, D.C.

Spencer Overstreet, Hagen Black and Will Price stepped up in front of the panel of chairman, board members, and other guests and gave prepared speeches detailing the trip to the Capital and how thankful they were to have the chance to go.

Principal Overstreet gave an overview of the district test scores and what was planned to improve elementary boys' reading scores, which are noticeably lower than the girls' reading scores.

Of the plans, continuing the funds for increased technology resources were mentioned.

J.P. Giacomini, founder and president of Equus Academy in Garrard County, gave a brief overview of his program and how it relates to the educational system.

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