The site in question has been appraised at 170,000 and the Kentucky Department of Education prohibits school districts from selling property for less than its assessed value. McGinnis said the fiscal court had proposed paying for the building half with cash and the other half with “in-kind” donations, or free services and contributions to the schools. KDE has “highly discouraged” the district from accepting a package with any in-kind donations. McGinnis said that it is just too hard to assess a proper value of services from the county. Also, the fiscal court had wanted to take in-kind contributions from the last four or five years, and McGinnis said it would be difficult to take those into account because they date so far back.
Currently, the board is preparing to get a second appraisal on the property, which McGinnis said should occur in the next couple of weeks. He said that if the new appraisal is lower, it might be possible to average the two appraisals and offer to sell the property to the county for that price.
High School Principal Chad Pruitt stayed well after the principals’ reports for executive session to discuss the disciplining of a high school student. McGinnis said he couldn’t reveal much, but said the student had violated the code of conduct.
At the beginning of the meeting, the high school’s Future Farmers of America advisor, Jodie P’Pool, gave a plaque to Marvin Whitt, the plant manager for Benson International’s Trigg County plant. This was to honor the company for donating equipment, including welding equipment, to the school. McGinnis said that forming partnerships between the schools and the community, including businesses, was something that is important to him. Board Chairman Mike Davis praised Benson’s contributions because their donations give students the opportunity to learn a skill that they can use immediately upon graduation.
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