Making the schools better for local children is a focus of building and grounds supervisor Randall Christopher.
At a meeting of the Estill County Board of Education Monday at central office Christopher asked the board to approve the hiring of Blake Adams to perform a land survey of the property at West Irvine where the new school will be built. They agreed.
He also gave them a quote for an awning to cover the sidewalk at Estill Springs where students who don’t ride the bus, are dropped off and picked up.
The quote from Gabbard Signs was for a total of 100 feet of awning at a cost $13,998.
“It will be vinly with aluminum frame and posts and includes lettering,” he said. “We can put whatever we want, the name of the school, on it and choose the color you want it to be.”
Estill Springs Principal Loretta Cruse said she wanted “Estill blue” and Christopher handed her and color chart and said “show me.”
He also said the awning has a life expectancy of 10 years, is guaranteed for five years by the company who makes it and one year by Gabbard Signs.
The board agreed to purchase the awning.
In other business Superintendent Bert Hensley advised the board that the school system has been awarded federal funds in the amount of $864,272. They will receive half of the money in May and the other half in September.
Instructional Supervisor Cindy Hensley told the board the benefits to the children of combining Kentucky River Foothills Estill County Head Start with the South Irvine Pre-K Center. She said it will be the Estill County Pre-School and will serve 140 three and four-year olds.
Kentucky River Foothills has eight staff members who will remain employed and relocate to the South Irvine location. They include two teachers, two aides, two part time aides, one family services worker and one cook/bus driver. They will be supervised by Principal Lisa Reese in consultation with Head Start coordinators.
KRF Head Start will also supply an additional teacher, a modular unit with two classrooms, washer, dryer and classroom furniture for three classrooms. They will also pay the utilties for the modular units.
The bus currently used for Head Start students will be available for use during the upcoming school year.
Head Start will purchase literacy curriculum kits for $6,300, $6, 750 for classroom supplies and $1,000 for on-oine data processing costs. Additional funds will be available for health expenses and for children and parent involvement activities.
The Estill County staff will be responsible for the required documentation and transportation.
The system will once again receive a Read to Achieve Grant in the amount of $60,000 to expend Sept. 30, 2010.
Hensley presented a draft budget which includes a one percent raise for all employees.