Stan Cramer, a representative of First Kentucky Securities Corporation, recently spoke with members of the Harlan Independent Board of Education where he told them their bonding capacity is $2.2 million for a proposed construction project. Hoping to begin a construction project for a new cafeteria at the middle/high school and renovation at the elementary school cafeteria, the board agreed to move forward in the project.
“A lot of times when you are trying to maximize the money, the board will have to put money into this every year, this (proposal) the board puts no money into it other than the money required for the match,” said Cramer. “So, you put $157,000 up front and then you don’t put any more dollars in it — it’s all state money — all the way through the next 20 years.”
Cramer said this amount of bonding will allow for a $2.3 million construction project.
All board members agreed they were “comfortable” with the proposal presented by Cramer.
Superintendent C.D. Morton then told board members a decision needed to be made about teaching positions, which were cut in the spring.
“At this point, based on the budget for next year, we’re in a really good position, much better than I had expected,”said Morton. “We’re at a spot where we can put back some positions. Last year, we did a reduction in force at the elementary school that affected three teachers. We’ve since had changes where people have left.”
Morton’s recommendation in restoring positions were: restore one teaching position at the elementary school. He said at the middle/high school a language arts position and two part-time math positions, along with a choral and accompanist position were eliminated in the spring. He recommended the language arts position and one of the part-time math positions be restored. Additionally, he recommended the alternative education position cut last spring be restored. He also recommended the E-school instructional supervisor position be restored and the creation of a new instructional aide position at the elementary school out of IDEA funds.
Recommending not to fill were: a part-time math position, a bookkeeping position at the elementary school, an instructional aide at Sunshine Preschool and an as-needed substitute position. He said with all these actions, this will be a savings of more than $130,000 to the district.
The board approved Morton’s recommendations.
In other action, the board:
*Approved a contract with the Harlan County Health Department for nursing services at a cost of $3,000;
*Approved a contract with Psychological Consults for testing services;
*Approved a contract for a prevent child abuse grant with Brenda Johnson for a two-year period;
*Held the first reading of the Title I parent involvement policy;
*Approved a shortened day for one student;
*Approved the student code of conduct and a contract with DC Elevator;
*Held second reading of board policies 03.1327, 03.2327, 07.111, 07.12, 03.125 and 03.225;
*Approved consent agenda.
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510 or on Twitter @Nola_hde