With approximately $90,000 in private donations received to date, the City of Caneyville has raised nearly enough funding to fully restore the old Caneyville Graded and High School.
Purchased by the City of Caneyville in 2012, the old school is in the process of being restored for use as a community center, and this work is being funded in large part due to private donations.
During the Caneyville City Commission’s regular, Monday, Dec. 14 meeting, City Commissioner Scott Majors reported that, since the restoration project began, approximately $90,000 in private donations have been received.
“We need to acknowledge that and thank everybody,” Majors said.
The $90,000 consists of funds received through the sale of memorial brick pavers, fundraising, donations, and classroom sponsorships.
Most recently, donations were made by Friends of Caneyville High School member Marilyn Templeman, who presented a check for $3,000 raised during a recent chili supper and silent auction, and by Friends of Caneyville High School member Brad Mudd, who presented a check for $130 raised from a wreath-making class.
City Commissioner Mike Geary said that more than $10,000 in additional donations have recently been made as well.
Lloyd Bryant, Scott and Anna Majors, GL Hayes, and Marilyn and Glenn Templeman all recently made donations of $2,500, through which they will sponsor the restoration of specific rooms in the school, according to Geary.
With the recent donations, Geary said, the city now has enough funding to restore every room in the school with the exception of one upstairs room.
Additionally, in recognition of Mike Geary’s efforts to restore the old school, Caneyville Mayor James Embry announced that one room will restored and dedicated to Mike Geary and his wife, Sherry.
Work on the old school is expected to kick into high gear soon, as Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley recently informed the city that the Grayson County Detention Center work crew will be available for construction services within the next few weeks and will remain available until spring, Mike Geary said.
In other business:
*The City Commission accepted the bid from Monitronics for a security system for the old school. Monitronics’ bid will waive the equipment and installation fee, and the service will cost $40 per month.
*The City Commission approved a quote from Richardson’s Heating and Air for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner for the Caneyville ball park concession stand at the cost of $2,200.
*The City Commission approved giving five city employees an end of the year payroll adjustment of $350.
*The City of Caneyville is seeking exercise equipment in good working order for the Caneyville Wellness Center. Donations can be considered tax write-offs. To make a donation, contact Marilyn Templeman at 270-287-1050.
*The City Commission approved the Caneyville Volunteer Fire Department’s (CVFD) elected officers.
“We appreciate the time that they volunteer and the work that they do,” City Commissioner Janice Minton said of Caneyville’s volunteer firefighters.
*Caneyville Fire Chief Anthony Clark said he will be able to continue to provide training for the CVFD.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.