The Trigg County Board of Education unanimously agreed to an agreement with Fort Campbell when they met Thursday night at the school central office.
Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby said the partnership has a lot of possibilities to help improve the education of students who have parents that are stationed at Fort Campbell.
“We have approximately 120 students in our school system that have parents serving in the military,” Hamby said. “And what this is, is basically we’re building a relationship with Fort Campbell to better serve the students in our school system that are members of the military.”
Pauline Hutchinson, a school liaison from Fort Campbell, was present at the meeting and talked about what she does for a living. She also mentioned some of the programs available to children in military families.
“All the programs that are available to the military students, we bring them here to the children here so that they have them, so they don’t have to travel,” Hutchinson said.
As an example, Hutchinson said she could bring parent workshops to the schools, or whatever programs teachers and principals think will work best. There is no funding, but there are several free programs that a school liaison could use, including free ACT information, she added.
As part of the agreement, Fort Campbell will work to improve the speedy transfer of records, develop systems to help ease student transitions and will promote practices that foster access to extracurricular programs.
In other business, the board voted to reject all of the bids for the central office re-roofing and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) replacement project. Hamby said the lowest bids came in 25 percent higher than the $174,000 projected cost, and added that the project will be postponed and re-bid in the spring and can be better coordinated in the summer.
Bruce Nelson of JKS Architects said that of the $174,000, $100,000 was for the HVAC project and $74,000 was for the re-roofing project. The re-roofing bids came in at about almost $70,000, while the bids for the HVAC project came in at about $146,000 – close to 45 percent over budget.
The HVAC and re-roofing projects worked on separately, so both bids would have to be either accepted or rejected, Nelson said, who added that the tight timeline might have contributed to the high bids.
“I guess we’ll try again later,” said Board Chairman Mike Davis.
The board also unanimously agreed to a contract with JKS Architects to conduct a facility survey, which will be needed for the completion of the district facility plan. There will be a Local Planning Committee that will serve as an advisory committee to the school board for the development of the four-year district facilities plan.
There will be 20 people on the committee, including the superintendent, a board member, four parents, four teachers, four building administrators, one district facilities administrator, one central office staffer, three community leaders and one local building/zoning official.