Officials tour old Caneyville school

Caneyville officials on Monday, July 13 took a tour of the old Caneyville Graded and High School to observe the restoration work that has been completed, as well as the areas that still require work.

During its regularly scheduled, July 13 meeting, the Caneyville City Commission visited the old Caneyville school, which was originally built in 1928 and holds a special place in the hearts of the City Commissioners, who grew up attending school there.

“This was the only school I ever went to,” City Commissioner Debbie Embry said.

Commissioner Mike Geary spear-headed the old Caneyville school restoration project many months ago, and since that time, a great deal of work has been completed, including placing new floors in the entrance and other areas of the school; installing new front windows; and restoring numerous classrooms.

“It’s coming around,” said Geary, who showed the recently completed, former science classroom, and the band room, the latter of which is “80 percent” finished, with the exception of new windows, and some floor, ceiling, and cosmetic work.

“This really is a lovely sight to see,” City Commissioner Janice Minton said of the restoration.

The intention of the Caneyville School restoration project is to not only revive a part of the city’s history, but to also put the school to use as a community center, and this has already begun.

The band room is currently being used for exercise and Zumba classes, and numerous other activities and events are scheduled to be held in the old school in the coming months.

The Friends of Caneyville High School are planning a meeting between local businesses, organizations, and churches to discuss the school on Monday, Aug. 24; a “Purple Flash Old Timers Invitational” basketball tournament, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 and serve as a fundraiser for the school restoration; the Halloween Safe Spot on Saturday, Oct. 31 (Halloween); a Christmas wreath-making class on Saturday, Nov. 7 (also a school restoration fundraiser); and the annual Christmas Tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 4.

Other events in the works to be held at the old school include a Relay for Life live auction this Saturday, July 18 from 2 to 5 p.m.; a musical performance and fundraiser by Sassy Brown and McDonald Road on Saturday, Oct. 17; and, possibly, a Nativity program to be held in December, Geary said.

Commemorative brick pavers, which serve as the primary source of funding for the old school’s renovations and are placed outside the entrance to the school, are currently still on sale for individuals wishing to aid with the Caneyville School restoration project.

For more information about the pavers and how to purchase one, call Caneyville City hall at 270-879-9701.

In other business:

*The City Commission is looking to advertise for price quotes for the removal of a portion of the old Caneyville school (the new wing built in the mid-1980s).

City officials hope to have this work completed by the end of August or the beginning of September.

*Geary said he recently spoke with John Allen about restoring a number of concrete slabs on the sidewalk in front of the old school to their original positions.

Geary said Allen offered to do the work for publicity, and, provided he is able to complete the job, he will charge the city only for materials (estimated to cost about $1,500).

If he is unable, Allen will not charge the city for the work, Geary said.

*The City Commission approved the 2015-2016 fiscal year audit proposal from Dan Drane, of Drane & Company, PLLC. The cost of the audit will be $2,875, an increase of $160 from last year.

*The City Commission entered executive session to discuss taking legal action against a number of city residents with delinquent property taxes.

City Clerk Connie Gootee said that, during executive session, she was directed to begin the legal process on delinquent taxes.

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