School Board Meets for January Session

(Linda Jones) – Wayne County Schools Board of Education met Thursday, January 20 to review a variety of business items, while taking care of some annual election posts to the board, during their monthly meeting.

Current Board Chairman Larry Muse will continue to be the chairperson, while Melissa Upchurch will remain the vice-chairperson, by unanimous votes. A change was made to the monthly meeting time which happens on the third Thursday of the month to 6:15 p.m. to accommodate one of the board members’ work schedules.

Wayne County Superintendent Wayne Roberts discussed how the Covid pandemic is currently affecting the school district’s attendance. He indicated that student attendance has been down and staff absences have created shortages.

DECO Architect Derrick Phillips spoke to the board about a new Crime Prevention through Environmental Design survey that is a new state requirement for school building projects. Phillips explained that the guidelines to prevent everything from terrorism and loitering are now part of the design considerations he used in the creation of the Wayne County Early Learning Center Project. For example, alleyways where mischief could occur would not be part of the current design safety standards. He shared some initial drawings of the future preschool/kindergarten facility that will be an educational showcase for the center of the campus, replacing the former Turner Intermediate School.

The board approved a DECO Architects invoice for $29,393.40 for professional services in relation to the design development phase of work for the Early Learning Center project.

A hearing was held regarding the Nutrition and Physical Activity Report prior to the meeting, and approval of the report was postponed to the next meeting, due to illness.

In other business:

*Presented the board members with certificates and a survival thank you kit by the Area Technology Center’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students, during Kentucky School Board Associations Board Recognition month. The JAG program successes were highlighted.

*Discussed and approved the 2022-23 working draft budget.

*Approved the school district calendar committee to review, develop and recommend school calendar options for the 2022-23 school year. Chairman Larry Muse agreed to continue serving on the committee.

*Approved a School Facilities Construction Commission (SFCC) offer of assistance for $28,484.

*Approved two BG4 Forms (Project Closeout Documents) for the District Services Building.

*Approved pay application #20 for the Monticello Elementary Renovation Project at $44,107.57

*Approved seven BG4 forms (Project Closeout Documents) for the Monticello Elementary Renovation Project.

*Approved awarding of bids on previously declared surplus property.

*The board met in executive session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken.