Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

April 17, 2013

Graduations set, construction continues

By Leeann Akers - Editor

April 17, 2013 — The Carter County Board of Education has approved high school graduation dates.

West Carter’s commencement ceremony will be Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

East Carter will honor it graduates on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

The last day of school for the district will be Friday, May 17.

Construction work on elementary schools was the main topic of conversation at the monthly meeting.

A $700,000 renovation project at Star Elementary will be replaced, either through installation of a totally new roof or repair of the existing roof.

“We need to factor in other renovations that we want to do in the future,” Supt. Ronnie Dotson said. “Because we only have $700,000 available, we will need to decide what we want to do first.”

The original plan called for a $3 million renovation and addition to the school. However, because of earlier-than-expected funding, the school board chose to begin the project with the roof.

“This is coming a lot quicker than we thought,” Dotson said. “We are thrilled that we have this money available now. Once we put $700,000 into the roof, we won’t stop there.”

The board will hold a special meeting to decide renovation priorities in the near future.

The district will split the cost of repairing the Olive Hill city tennis courts with City Council. West Carter’s tennis team utilizes the city courts for practice.

Each partner will pay $2,000 for the supplies and the school maintenance staff will make the repairs.

Construction at Carter City Elementary School is on schedule for completion by June 1, the board was told.

Construction of Tygart Creek Elementary, however, again was the subject of heated discussion.

Mike Etapa of Clotfelter- Samokar said door sensors ordered for use throughout the building will not work and new ones must be ordered – at an unknown cost to the district.

Board members were not happy with that news.

“We have done nothing but spend and spend on Tygart Creek,” said board member Brian Greenhill.

Dotson and several board members agreed that someone involved in the construction should be held fiscally responsible.

“We had you build a building and you got paid to do that,” Randy Stegall said. “We aren’t going to supply any more money to fix things that you didn’t do correctly.”

“You did this on our behalf – none of us purchased the wrong sensors,” Dotson added.

No action was taken in order on the issue. The new school is supposed to open in the fall.

Leeann Akers can be reached at or by phone at 474-5101.