WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (11/9/11) – After months of discussing a possible “performance” contract that would allow the Webster County School District to use tax money to pay for renovation and upgrade of its facilities’ heating and cooling systems, the Webster County Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday night approved a contract with Harshaw Trane, who estimated savings for the district at as much as $100,000 annually once the work is complete.
During the meeting, Webster County Board of Education Vice-Chairman Tim McCormick outlined some of the reasons the board opted to contract with Trane for the work, which included the fact that it is based in Kentucky and has worked with Webster County on other projects in the past. Final details of the contract are yet to be worked out but are expected to be completed in the first part of next year. During Monday’s meeting, the board also approved on a 4-1 vote a recommendation to purchase $15 million worth of earthquake insurance at a total cost of $25,959 per year. The option the board selected accepts two bids, one for $5 million in coverage and the other for $10 million, as opposed to a single bid for $15 million coverage with a slightly higher bid price. Webster County Board of Education Chairman James Nance voted against the proposal, and after the meeting said he didn’t think it was a good use of the district’s resources at a time when school district budgets are very tight.
“I guess I’m just being a ‘scrooge,’ but we really need to watch our money,” Nance said.
The board also approved the second reading of a board policy revision that discourages teachers and faculty from interacting with students on social media sites as well as a series of “consent agenda” items that included a field trip for the WCHS senior class and a middle school girls basketball fundraiser event. Board member E Carolyn Tucker reiterated her concerns about the social media policy and voted against the policy change.
Earlier in the meeting, members recognized a WCHS teacher and several district students for recent accomplishments, and authorized a $1,000 stipend to Gwendolynn Tompkins for her upcoming tour of several countries in Europe with the “People to People Student Ambassador” program. Tompkins submitted a letter to the Webster County Board of Education asking them for their support, and Kemp recommended the stipend as part of their vote. In her letter, Tompkins stated that she is working to raise approximately $7,000 to cover the cost of her trip.
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