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Education

  • Change of heart

    Butch Cecil isn’t afraid to admit that he was uneducated and misinformed when he signed the recallable nickel petition in 2007.
    He and his wife had just moved back to his native home of Marion County.
    He had just bought into the family farm, renovated his home and spent a considerable amount of money. So, when he saw a petition sitting on the counter at Blandford’s Store, he was curious.
    “What’s this?” Cecil remembers asking.
    “A petition to not raise your taxes,” someone in the store answered.

  • Election - Board of Education - District 1

    Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A with the school board candidates. Their answers are being published exactly how they were submitted. Rebecca “Becky” Wren did not supply the Enterprise with a photo.

    Board of Education District 1
    - Delane Pinkston (I)
    - Carrie Truitt
    - Rebecca “Becky” Wren

    District 1 is made up of four precincts: A101 – Gravel Switch, A102 – Bradfordsville, A103 – Glasscock, and A104 – Fire Department.

  • Election - Board of Education – District 4

    Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A with the school board candidates. Their answers are being published exactly how they were submitted.

    Board of Education District 4 candidates
    Charles M. Cecil
    Peggy Downs

    District 4 is made up of four precincts: H101 – Loretto, H102 – Saint Francis, H103 – Holy Cross, and H104 – Saint Charles.

    CHARLES M. CECIL
    Age: 69
    Address: 1220 Beantown Rd Lebanon, Ky 40033

  • Election - Board of Education – District 5

    Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A with the school board candidates. Their answers are being published exactly how they were submitted.

    Board of Education District 5 candidates
    - Brad Cox
    - Jeroyd F. “Jerry” Evans (I)

    District 5 is made up of three precincts: C102 – Library, C103 – Basement, and C105 – Rolling Hills.

    BRAD COX
    Age: 40
    Address: 664 Fairway Dr., Lebanon, Kentucky, 40033

  • Facility problems: Calvary Elementary School

    Age of facility: Built in 1965 (51 years old), with an addition added in 1998 (18 years old)

  • Facility problems: Lebanon Elementary School

    Age of facility: Built in 1965 (51 years old), with an addition built in 1998 (18 years old)

  • If Marion County approves the nickel

    Marion County Public Schools would be eligible to receive additional state funds for every dollar received if the recallable nickel is approved. Marion County will receive approximately $463,102 from state equalization EACH YEAR toward facilities. The bonding capacity for Marion County Public Schools would increase to $26.495 million dollars with state equalization. Marion County hasn’t approved the recallable nickel and is not eligible for state matching funds.

    State funds received by county
    Taylor County: $18 million

  • Facility problems: Lebanon Middle School

    Age: Built in 1995 (21 years old) with a renovation in 2015

    Enrollment: Lebanon Middle serves approximately 423 students.

  • Facility problems: Marion County High School

    Age of facility: Built in 1970 (46 years old)

  • Facility problems: Glasscock Elementary School

    Age: Glasscock built in 1948 (68 years old) with an addition in 2002 (14 years old)

    Enrollment: Glasscock Elementary serves approximately 471 students.

    Facility problems include:
    • Gym has no A/C
    • No sprinkler system
    • Traffic issues
    • American Disability Act compliant issues (door knobs, restrooms, etc.)
    • Heating and air conditioning system is nearing 25 years old in the original part of the building