Sidewalk, bleachers approved by school board
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Apr 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As a result of actions taken by the Trigg County Board of Education at its Thursday meeting, visitors will soon have new bleachers to sit on, and students will soon have a new sidewalk and crosswalk to walk on.

Trigg County Schools Operations Manager Matt Ladd and Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler told board members about a construction proposal for a new sidewalk and a crosswalk at the middle school parking lot and the five-way stop on LaFayette Street, which Ladd and Fowler said is usually busy and can be dangerous.

The construction project, which was unanimously approved, could be funded through the Safe Route to Schools Grant, a federal grant, to the tune of $248,000, according to Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis.

“I think that this is something we need,” said McGinnis.

Ladd also told the board that they will be able to start on the sidewalk project right after graduation.

The school board also unanimously approved a $68,875 bid from Toadvine Enterprises of Louisville, which Ladd said was the only bid, for the purchase of aluminum bleachers for the visitors’ side of Perdue Field. The project had previously been recommended by Trigg County School Athletic Director Jim Perrin.

Ladd said the 105-foot bleachers, 130 feet with the handicapped accessible ramp, will be able to seat 579 people, will be up to code and will be able to be used for storage. The bleachers will be bolted together, as opposed to welded together, to make the bleachers easier to repair, Ladd explained.

Another company, Vine & Branch LLC, will be in charge of the actual assembly of the bleachers, and the surface work and concrete work will be done in-house, said Ladd.

In other business, board members unanimously agreed to set the bid opening date for school pictures and yearbooks for Thursday, May 28, at the central office conference room at 1 p.m.

As the clock struck 7 p.m. in the conference room, the meeting’s usual start time, the board was one member short of a quorum, so rather than delay or reschedule the meeting, the board decided to hear its usual progress reports from the four principals, as they expected at least one more member to show up late.

Assistant Superinten-dent Beth Sumner, Trigg Primary School Principal Ann Taylor, Trigg County Intermediate School Principal Brian Futrell, Trigg County Middle School Principal James Mangels and Trigg County High School Principal Neal Cummins all gave the board updates about the schools’ scores on the Thinklink, GRADE and GMADE tests.

The GRADE and GMADE tests are meant to be diagnostic exams to test students’ abilities in reading and math, respectively, while the Thinklink exam is meant to be a predictor of how well students will do on the spring exam, according to Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis.

Board members also unanimously approved the conversion of district network technician position to district technology coordinator, and amended the job description for the district technology coordinator.

They also approved the 2009/2010 district technology plan, which includes goals related to technology infrastructure, telecommunication services, hardware upgrades and using technology as a tool for instruction.

Trigg County School Board Members JoAlyce Harper and Sharon Simmons were absent, and Trigg County Board Member Sheila Martin arrived at the meeting at about 8 p.m. The meeting was called to order at about 8:20 p.m.
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