Caneyville, students recognized at board meeting

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

Caneyville Elementary School was named an Energy Star Award recipient for its efforts in energy savings during Thursday’s Grayson County School Board meeting.

Chris Jaggers and Kyle Johnson, both of Harshaw Trane, Grayson County Schools’ energy savings partner, attended the Thursday, Oct. 13 School Board meeting to recognize Caneyville Elementary for its achievement as a top 25 percent performer in energy savings.

Jaggers said the School Board selected Harshaw Trane about eight years ago for a $5 million project to improve energy efficiency and save on energy expenditures.

Jaggers said the guaranteed savings for the school district as part of the project were to be about $250,000 per year.

Since the project was completed, Grayson County Schools has seen about $2.36 million in total savings on energy expenditures, which is $380,000 (20 percent) over the guaranteed savings, Johnson said.

Caneyville Elementary was presented with a plaque signifying its Energy Star achievement, and, Johnson said, more schools in the district are also expected to receive the recognition in the near future.

In other business:

*Instructional Supervisor Carla Purcell announced that the Grayson County school district has been named a Distinguished District, according to the latest release of Unbridled Learning results.

Additionally, Grayson County High School, for the second consecutive year was ranked distinguished; Lawler Elementary School earned a Distinguished Ranking and scored in the top 95th percentile of all schools in the state; Clarkson Elementary earned a Distinguished ranking; Caneyville Elementary School was ranked Proficient; and Grayson County Middle School and H.W. Wilkey Elementary ranked in the “Needs Improvement” range.

*Grayson County High School honored several students whom had earned the distinction of being college and career ready by the end of their junior year, as well as several certified and classified staff members for their efforts to support and assist students in academic accomplishments.

*E.E. McGhee received a Certificate of Appreciation for his 55 years of service to Grayson County High School.

*With one motion, the School Board approved the following:

a. Authorizing the Chief State School Officer to purchase five school buses for Grayson County Schools at the cost of $456,229, about half of which is expected to reimbursed from the state over a 14-year period;

b. A 20-member team to serve on the Local Planning Committee 2016 (Oct. 2016 through Oct. 2020);

c. The Section 125 Plan;

d. Opening a credit card with The Cecilian Bank for Finance Officer Erin Embry with a maximum credit limit of $5,000;

e. The Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Training;

f. Closing the Achievement Gap Diagnostics from each school;

g. The KSBA 2016 Interim Procedure Update;

h. Caneyville Elementary School’s Fall Festival fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 21;

i. Three trip requests from Grayson County High School;

j. Wilkey Elementary’s application for a VSA Kentucky Arts Inclusion grant in the amount of $1,300 to bring Octavia Sexton to work with 3rd grade students in story-telling, drama, and theatre;

k. Two employees’ leaves of absence;

l. Declaring three Vulcan Double Ovens, a Groen tilting skillet, a 2004 Chevrolet Van 2500, a Farmall 140 Tractor, a Curtis-Toledo Challenge air compressor, an RC scoreboard, a Skutt automatic kiln, and several obsolete computers to be surplus property;

m. Three school-wide fundraisers at Wilkey Elementary;

n. The low bid from Jeremy Lindsey Construction of $21,450.00 to do the demolition and earth work at a property owned by the Grayson County Board of Education on East Mill Street in Leitchfield.

By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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