School board approves vehicle lift project
The Woodford County Board of Education voted 5 to 0 on Monday to proceed with a project to replace an aging vehicle lift at the district's bus garage. In addition to approving a project application form requesting state approval in order to proceed with the project, board members approved a bid of $116,850 from Eubank & Steele Construction Company. The board also voted to release $146,535 in restricted capital fund dollars for the bus lift project. Combined with $50,513 in general fund dollars, the cost of the lift project will be $197,048, according to the project application form being sent to the Kentucky Department of Education. The total cost of the project will be about $11,000 more than what was projected, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said, with the added cost of plumbing and doing drainage work. The board will be asked to approve a change order to include that portion of the work as well as a revised project application form at its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 23, at Simmons Elementary School beginning at 6 p.m. Gifted coordinator Chief Academic Officer Jimmy Brehm told board members that the district has hired a gifted and talented student coordinator. Michelle Cason will oversee services provided to Woodford County students identified as gifted and/or talented. Since being hired in early September, Cason has been in every school and has been working with teachers on best practices in gifted education, Brehm said. "...I cannot really sing her praises enough about how quickly she's hit the ground running, and really getting in and talking and working with (educators in) our schools on ways that we can better meet the needs of the gifted learner," he said. In addition to meeting with school administrators and faculty members, Brehm said Cason met with a group of about 20 parents at the Woodford County Public Library last month. The Board of Education voted unanimously to create the gifted coordinator position this past summer, which board member Sherri Springate described as an opportunity to bring someone into the district with an expertise in gifted education and ideas to better meet the needs of students. Also during his monthly instructional update, Brehm said teachers in the district have begun reviewing new science standards for implementation next school year. A recent work day showed the outstanding work and commitment of educators in the district, he added. Financial report The district began September with a total cash balance of $7.3 million and ended the month with $6.068 million, according to Chief Operating Officer Amy Smith's financial report. In terms of general fund dollars, the district had expenditures of $2.186 million and revenues of $1.213 million to end September with $5.87 million.