Trigg County’s Board of Education voted 4 – 0 to purchase and administer the new exam. Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby said that the district will save about $15,000 a year, as the proposal costs $23,957.50, which includes a one-time workshop to provide training that will cost $3,200.
It will cost the district about $20,000 a year, with an additional $5,000 to continue using AIMSweb for some students, while it cost the district $40,150 during the 2010-2011 school year to administer the GMADE, GRADE and ThinkLink exams, said Hamby.
“We actually thought it was going to be a little more expensive, actually it looks like we’re going to actually save some money with this,” Hamby said.
Beth Sumner, assistant superintendent of instruction for Trigg County Schools, first proposed this replacement at the previous school board meeting, and noted that it could save a lot of time as well as money then.
The board also voted to take advantage of a bill in the Kentucky House of Representatives that would allow the board to shorten the current school calendar by two instructional days.
Hamby said that House Bill 427 would allow the school to only make up nine days that were missed as opposed to the 11 days that were missed on account of the snow, making the official last day of school for students Friday, May 27.
“It appears that we can get our calendar approved by the (Kentucky) Department of Education by dropping our total instructional days from 172 to 170, and still meet the requirements for our current year calendar,” Hamby said. “Staff will still come back and complete their work days … next week through June 1.”
Trigg County School Personnel Manager James Mangels confirmed that dropping the school calendar to 170 instructional days will still give them more than the 1,062 hours of instruction.
In that vein, the board also voted to set the date for graduation on the same day at 7 p.m. shortly thereafter.
The board also voted to use Murray-based WD Steel Construction to install a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system in and re-roof the school central office. They bid $210,314, the lowest of six bids for the project.
For the HVAC and re-roofing project for the vocational school last year, the board bid the two projects separately, but they are doing things differently for this project, said Hamby.
“This time, basically we bid this out as one project and solicited general contractors, and then the general contractor is going to sub out to a roofer and sub out to an HVAC subcontractor to come in and do that work,” said Hamby.
The other contractors that bid on the project were Crouch Building Associates of Mayfield, BH Green and Son of Paducah, Lanham Brothers General Contractors of Owensboro, Madisonville Contractors and Pinnacle of Benton. The bids ranged from $210,314 to $247,175.
In other business, the board voted to approve a draft version of the four-year district facilities plan that was forwarded to them by the Local Planning Committee (LPC), a plan that shows about $33 million of “unmet needs” in the district.
The plan will be go to the Kentucky Department of Education for their approval, the LPC will hold two public hearings and then the board will have a final vote on the plan, said Hamby.
Vocational Principal Matt Ladd explained the district facilities plan. “I really think we came up with a plan that really speaks to a vision of the future for Trigg County Schools.” he said.
Board Member Sheila Martin was absent.