Nov. 6, 2013 — The Carter County Board of Education met in special session Monday night to entertain field trip requests, consider construction bids and review potential policy revisions.
The board considered bids for installation of a new roof at Star Elementary. The budget for the project is approximately $585,000 but all three bids submitted surpassed that figure substantially.
The lowest bidder was Trace Creek Construction, which estimated the project would cost $738,000 as currently specified.
After discussing numerous cost-saving options such as changing the roofing material and decreasing the pitch of the roof, the board unanimously voted to re-bid the project to allow for more flexibility in construction options in order to minimize cost.
The new bid guidelines will also stipulate all construction to be complete by July 15, barring bad weather days.
In other business, the board unanimously approved rescheduling the East Carter High School senior class trip, which will now take place from April 30 to May 4, 2014.
The trip was previously scheduled to take place over spring break but conflicts with athletic and academic team schedules limited the number of students who would be able to attend.
Only 16 seniors are currently signed up for the trip. School officials believe that number will increase once students are made aware of the new dates.
The board then discussed changes to the policy governing distribution of materials to students by non-school personnel.
The proposed changes would require anyone seeking to distribute literature or other materials to students to seek the approval of the superintendent no less than five school days in advance.
Distribution privileges also would be limited to non-profit organizations only.
“If someone sues us, are we going to be covered under this policy?” asked board member Chris Patrick.
“These are the policies that are recommended by the attorneys for the Kentucky Board of Education. But there’s no guarantee you’re not going to be sued for anything,” replied Supt. Ronnie Dotson.
The board voted to table the new policies until its attorneys could review them further.
The board’s next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, at the district office in Grayson.
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