With safety issues in mind for students across the county, Harlan County Board of Education member Myra Mosley asked Superintendent Mike Howard, at a recent special called meeting, why work, particularly at Rosspoint Elementary School, has not been completed.
“Rosspoint is a mess,” said Mosley. “There are trenches where it has rained. School will be starting soon and it’s going to be dangerous for our kids to be on the playground.”
Howard told Mosley, due to finding a contractor available to work, issues at Rosspoint Elementary School have been at a standstill.
“It won’t be that way when school starts,” said Howard. “We’ve been trying to find a contractor. There are several around Harlan who have the equipment needed, but they have been tied up. We didn’t want to go in and do a lot of other work and then have to go back and redo it. We’re going to move the playground to the other side to keep that mulch from coming off that hill washing against the school — stopping the drains up.”
Maintenance Director Johnnie Turner said he hopes to have work started at Rosspoint this week.
“We’re going to try and make it (the playground) a little bigger,” said Turner. “I called Black Mountain (Utility District), and they are trying to find the waterlines in there. We want to put drainage in the back of the playground so we don’t have all that water running down, then plant everything back in grass.”
Mosley said a fence is needed where vehicles come down the hill to pick up students after school in the evenings.
“I’ve asked for a fence for years,” said Mosley. “It needs to be fenced all the way down to protect the children. This is a safety issue. The cars line up around the playground. If someone lost control of their car, hit the gas instead of the brake or had a heart attack, we really need a fence to protect the kids.”
Mosley added grounds at all the schools need to be addressed and kept up.
“There’s a leak at the high school. They said they had to put buckets out at the atrium,” said Mosley. “The walls are cracking in the building. I just feel like we need to get some people hired. Get some people who can take care of our schools and take care of the grounds. If we don’t, they are all going to fall apart. I’m talking about all our schools.”
Howard said the contractor for the high school has been contacted and these items Mosley mentioned are under warranty. He said the district’s maintenance crew can’t address the issues or it would void the warranty.
In other action, the board:
*Advised additional lighting will be added in the route to the HCHS football stadium;
*Approved the consent agenda with the exception of a bid from Creech Chevrolet for the purchase of three vehicles, which was tabled until their next meeting;
*Approved the second reading of the annual KSBA policy revision updates;
*Approved the second reading of policy adding two personal days for full-time classified and certified employees;
*Approved the second reading of amendment to board of education policies 03.4 on substitute teachers, 03.124 on certified employees insurance and 03.224 on classified employees insurance;
*Approved a contract with Harlan County Health Department for school nurses.
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