The board had previously voted to sign a contract with Primary Care, which had agreed to give exams to established patients for $50 each and $60 for new patients. Exams for bus drivers were meant to be $60 for established patients and $70 for new patients. Superintendent Tim McGinnis said that Kentucky law requires all new classified school employees, which includes bus drivers, to undergo a medical exam before starting work. The exam is meant to make sure the employee is physically fit enough for the job and also tests them for TB. He said the driver exams are more expensive because they are bit more comprehensive.
McGinnis told the board that after the hospital had submitted their proposal and the board had voted to accept it, he received a call that their estimates had turned out to be too optimistic, although he wasn’t told any other details. The next lowest bid was from Dr. Eduardo Pavon, who agreed to conduct the classified exams for $50 and $75 for bus driver exams. Since a contract had not been signed with Primary Care, the board voted to rescind the previous action and also voted to authorize McGinnis to sign the contract with Pavon.
While those were the only agenda items on which the board took action, the evening was filled with more than two hours of requests, recognitions, discussions and reports. Community member Paul Fourshee, who has been instrumental in the last two summer musicals performed at the high school’s Little Theater, spoke about the need for upgrades at the facility. Fourshee thanked the board for its support of performing arts and talked about how out-of-date the current equipment, which was installed when the theater was built in 1972, was. He held up an eight-track tape and asked if anyone in the room still used one to demonstrate how old the current light and sound equipment is.
Fourshee said that two professionals had looked at the theater and had made recommendations for kind of equipment they might need to buy. Fourshee showed some photos he had of some possible equipment. He said it was very basic and could be added to for years. He also said that the current lighting system was a fire hazard and that modern lighting fixtures would not become too hot. He said the theater should have 40 to 50 lights, as opposed to 12, as they do now. Fourshee said that sound equipment would also be a wise purchase since the theater doesn’t really have any to speak of at the moment.
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