After hearing from Harlan Mayor Danny Howard, the board agreed to enter into an agreement with the city of Harlan and pay a fourth of the cost of extending sewage lines from the city to the school.
Howard told the board that extending sewer service would cost $538,824 with the board paying $134,706. The Harlan County Head Start program would also pay a fourth of the cost under the plan, with the city of Harlan paying half, which totals $269,412.
"What the city is willing to do is use the $200,000 (from coal severance tax funds), plus $69,000 more to make this project happen," Howard said. "Our primary concern right now is to get you out of the sewer business at Hall Elementary, and from talking to some of the maintenance people that's one of the things that they want to see happen, too."
Howard said he had been told by engineer Leo Miller, who was also in attendance at the meeting, that he "could get the engineering done and approved and back in 30 days."
The Kentucky Division of Water would then have to approve the project.
"This would eliminate the problem at the Hall school and would also develop the property for better use or resale at a later date," Howard said.
Howard said another phase of the project would include extending lines to the Head Start program.
Assistant superintendent Mike Howard said the district expected to spend approximately $100,000 for a sewage treatment plant, but he pointed out that under the mayor's proposal there would be no continuing costs in running the plant.
The board voted 4-0 (with board member Myra Mosley absent) to reject bids on the Hall sewage treatment system and enter into an agreement with the city to extend the sewer line from Harlan to the school.
"I don't see where we could lose," said board chairman Gary Farmer.
In other action, the board:
n heard from David Samokar of Clotfelter-Samokar Architects on the progress of Harlan County High School and the new elementary school at Wallins.
Samokar said a second entrance has been added to the high school project and noted that the schematic plans for the facility have changed very little.
Superintendent Tim Saylor praised the company's work on the project.
"Your firm has worked well with the school system," he said. "You've done an excellent job."
The board voted 3-1 to approve the design development plans on the school, with Arlene Brown voting no.
n recognized and presented plaques to members of the district school improvement team, which included Robert Evans and Mark Lawson of Black Mountain Elementary School, Paul Johnson and Sheba Ramsey of Cawood Elementary School, Minnie Bailey and Terri Jenkins of Cumberland Elementary School, Sherry Anglian and Kim Wynn of Evarts Elementary School, Connie Engle and Karen Simpson of Green Hills Elementary School, Candace Herren, Jamie Howard and Chaymayne Johnson of Hall Elementary School, Jennifer Boggs and Nancy Lawson of Rosspoint Elementary School, Pam Lowe, Lisa Slusher and Marilyn Williamson of Wallins Elementary School, Kristen Johnson and Tami McHargue of Cumberland High School, Laura Barker and Tammy Fields of Evarts High School, Barbara Alred and Pam Holcomb of Cawood High School and district gifted and talented teacher Pauline Boggs.
n approved the second reading of the use of school property policy and the first reading of the holidays and annual leave policy
n approved a pay request from Kay & Kay Contractors of $26,631 for a bridge at the site of the new Harlan County High School
n approved a pay request of $2,600 from Richardson & Associates for various projects
n approved bids on coal hauling, lumber, coal, air conditioners, diesel fuel and gasoline, bus maintenance parts and supplies, paint and tires.
n approved student insurance and the tentative budget for 2005-06.
n approved salary and extra duty pay schedules for 2005-06.
n agreed to change the meeting date for next month to June 14.