Education news briefs

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By Stevie Lowery

The following are education news briefs from the Marion County Board of Education’s March 26 regular monthly meeting.

2013 Marion County High School graduation set
Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton recommended to the board that it approve the high school’s graduation ceremony for noon, Saturday, May 25. Board Chairman Michael Mullins asked why the time had been changed to 12 p.m. (it was 11 a.m. last year). Dr. Hamilton said he didn’t know. All board members voted in favor of the graduation date and time of 12 p.m., May 25, except for Michael Mullins, who voted no.

MCHS to get new science lab, CES to get additional classroom space
The district currently has more than $29 million of unmet facilities needs.
Transportation Director Scott Spalding reviewed and discussed the current district facilities plan, which includes the possible conversion of the current graphic arts/Project Lead The Way classroom at Marion County High School into a science lab in the near future.
Spalding also discussed creating a new driving lane at Lebanon Elementary School to separate the bus traffic and parent traffic, which currently causes traffic problems.
Additional classroom space was discussed for Calvary Elementary by enclosing patio areas or adding portable classrooms. A portable classroom would cost the district approximately $80,000. Enclosing the patio areas would cost approximately $200,000, Spalding said.
“I’m going to say this right now so you know where I stand,” Mullins said, “I do not want to see us bring another portable into this district.”
Several board members, including Miles and Cecil, responded by saying, “Amen.”
Spalding also discussed plans to pave the walking tracks at Calvary Elementary, West Marion Elementary and Glassock Elementary.

LMS plans trip to Washington D.C.
Lebanon Middle School was recently named one of the “Schools to Watch” and the school’s administration along with some of its staff will be traveling to Washington D.C. this summer to make a presentation and officially receive the award. The trip will cost approximately $8,000, according to Dr. Hamilton. The Marion County Fiscal Court has agreed to donate $1,000 for trip expenses, and Hamilton said he plans to ask the school board to match the court’s donation of $1,000.

Mock crisis event is April 11
Dr. Hamilton reminded the school board of the mock crisis event that’s going to take place between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 11, at Lebanon Middle School. This will result in some road closures and emergency vehicle traffic.

Marion County Area Technology Center to participate in pilot program
Marion County Area Technology Center was the only tech center in Kentucky chosen to participate in the Southern Region Education Board’s (SREB) pilot program, “Tech Schools that Work.” This program will provide professional development for instructional staff.

Board selects insurance agent
Dr. Hamilton announced that Curneal and Hignite has been chosen as the insurance agent to secure general insurance coverage for Marion County Public Schools for the 2013-14 school year.