New high school is main topic at meeting

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By Brandon Mattingly

Funding for the new high school was among the main topics when the Washington County Board of Education met last week.

The board was informed that an additional cost of $3,500 was needed for the installation of the bleachers in the new high school’s gym as well as several other costs, including additional electrical work. The $7,338.80 total cost, however, is balanced by several credits and purchase orders recently placed.

The school board, in fact, stands to be credited $52.80.

Two major credits were the adjusted number of light fixtures to be ordered, which saved the district $2,365, and the deletion of a range hood in the concession area resulted in a savings of $3,500.

The range hood was determined to not be required for the area based on the type of food preparation in the area.

The board also acknowledged several bills passed by state legislatures this month, including an early-graduation bill and a law that would raise the dropout age from 16 to 18 years old.

Board Member Pat Clements said there had been discussion as to whether school districts would be privy to lost funds from a student graduating early. He expressed that it was likely for that money to be made available to the schools with the finalization of the bill.

Three local teachers were recognized for their work as Campbellsville Teachers of Excellence nominees. Christie Metcalf at the elementary school level, Sherry Sims at the middle school and Ryan New at the high school were nominated for the award and acknowledged at last week’s meeting.

The board approved several other matters, including a fundraiser proposal from the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition to sell peel-and-save cards for the Springfield, Lebanon, Bardstown and Danville area.

Other approvals included a trip for WCHS volleyball to a camp at the University of Kentucky in July and a contractual agreement through the year with Mike Mattingly Mowing for lawn care services.

All board members were present.