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Trimble athletic project timelines presented
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:00 AM
Planning for phase two of the athletic facilities project at the Trimble County Schools moved forward with presentations and discussions during the first school board meeting of 2013.
Steve Eggers with K. Norman Berry Associates Architects of Louisville presented three possible timelines of the next phase of the project that will reconfigure the high school's football field and add track and field facilities.
One option would allow some home football games to be played at the high school in the fall of 2013. A second option allows a full football schedule to be played on the home field, Eggers said. The last option would not allow any football games to be played at Trimble County for 2013.
School administrators and architects plan to meet with athletic coaches and parents in the coming weeks to discuss which possibility would be the best situation.
School board member Scott Burrows said the board hoped to make decisions and possibly begin some construction after graduation. Eggers noted the board's eagerness to move forward with the process, but also said the facility designs would take some time.
Both architects and board members will be able to formulate a more complete timeline for the project after looking at topographical surveys of the area and meeting with coaches and parents, Eggers said.
Stan Klausing with Scott-Klausing and Company of LaGrange also updated school board members on phase one of the athletic facilities, as well as the high school roof project.
The athletic facilities near Bedford Elementary School are completed with the exception of some minor detail work that will be completed in the spring. Workers have been completing a fencing project near the fields, and the construction company will fix cracking in the floors after the winter. The company will also finish grading the fields later this year.
The low-roof project at the high school has most of the work completed as well with only a few safety railings to install and interior work to patch. Klausing said the stage curtain needs to be cleaned or replaced and some of the ceiling tiles need to be replaced because of water damage from where the roof had leaked before the new roof was completed.
Klausing also presented the board with a change order for the gym roof, which had more damage than first thought during the bidding process. The roof needs to be completely taken off and then replaced.
Construction on the high school gym roof will begin the day after graduation and is expected to be completed July 31, Klausing said. The additional repairs are expected to cost nearly $221,386.
Also during the meeting, Bob Wagoner with OVEC Financial Services shared a draft budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
Projections show student enrollment might decrease by five students next year with a decrease of over $335,000 to the district's general budget. While local revenue is expected to increase, revenue from the state is expected to decrease by more than $200,000.
"At this point, we don't see any change in federal revenue," Wagoner said.
Wagoner also noted that while the student population may decline slightly, the revenues per pupil will also decrease while expenses per pupil will increase.
"You've got those two numbers moving in the wrong direction," Wagoner said.
Because of the cuts to the district's general fund, the school board may need to look at a reduction of personnel or other measures to balance next year's budget.
"I think we will be facing hard decisions," Burrows said.
Wagoner said the school board has done a good job in the past of making decisions of hiring personnel when needed or reducing staff based on student needs.
"I think it's prudent to have these discussions," he said. "You don't not want to pay attention to it."
In other business:
Board member Haley Turner was elected to serve as the board chairperson and board member Kim Temple was elected to serve as the vice chairperson for the year.
Temple and Burrows were recognized for training achievements with the Kentucky School Board Association of Studies. Temple was recognized for completing levels one through four, while Burrows was recognized for completing levels three and four. Both school board members received a lapel pin and certificate.
Each school board member received a book from Bedford Elementary School students in recognition for School Board Appreciation month.
Members set board meeting dates for the upcoming year. School board meetings will be on the first and third Wednesdays of each month beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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