Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

September 18, 2013

School board discusses ECHS fire

Sept. 18, 2013 — The Carter County Board of Education met Monday night and spent much of its time on Friday's fire at East Carter High School's football field and ongoing construction projects.

ECHS Head Football Coach Zack Moore expressed his concerns about the concession stand fire that occurred during the game with Bath County.

Moore presented an email to the board which he said he sent to Jim Webb, the district’s maintenance director, in March 2012 with several concerns about the condition of the school's facilities.

“The email outlines several issues that I perceived, and still do, to have a negative impact on our football student-athletes. The electrical work in the concessions was listed as an issue,” said Moore.

Moore also stated that turning on the stadium lights currently inflicts an electrical shock on the individual flipping the switch.

“It's an issue that reflects negatively on our school and our school system. This needs to be fixed,” said Moore.

New facilities director David Jessie said the electrical meter base had encountered so much friction rubbing against adjacent metal that the internal wires had become exposed, causing the explosion and subsequent fire.

Jessie stated that the faulty equipment had been removed and replaced with a new meter.

The board then discussed a change order for Carter City Elementary which will cost an additional $28,000.

The order is being enforced by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet because of water drainage issues at both of the school's highway entrances.

Board members Bryan Greenhill and Randy Steagall expressed frustration with incurring extra expenses and that the changes are being mandated by the state.

“Other school districts don't have $28,000 to spend but the state seems to think that we do,” said Greenhill.

“If we spend this money, what's to stop the state from coming back and changing things again that end up costing us even more money?” said Stegall.

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