tech2 500HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (4/16/18) – Hopkins County Board of Education announced a settlement has been reached with Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America regarding the original Technology Center building off Grapevine Road.

Travelers will pay the district $750,000 through the lawsuit agreement, bringing the district’s total settlement to $1.35 million from Travelers and Associated Engineers Inc.

The board was forced to abandon the Grapevine Road site before the building’s completion due to unstable subsoil conditions. The civil suit was filed July 2012.

In November, the board reached a $600,000 settlement agreement with Associated Engineers.

This marks the end of legal action regarding the abandoned property, which was previously declared as surplus. It will soon go up for bid.

Marci Cox, Hopkins County Schools Director of Facilities, will be the contact person for information on the Grapevine property and the bidding process.

In other business, Superintendent Deanna Ashby announced the district is currently accepting nominations for 2017-18 Employees of the Year.

Categories are as follows, and forms can be found on the Hopkins County Schools website:

• Teacher of the Year
• Administrator of the Year
• Classified Support Services
• Facilities Management
• Food Service
• Transportation
• Secretary of the Year
• Central Office Employee of the Year

Ashby announced nomination forms are due by June 1.

#LionChaser Awards were given in recognition of workers that attended the Frankfort rally during spring break. Ashby announced teachers and staff members traveled to Frankfort for the April 2 state rally, showing dedication to the future of public education in the state.

“Obviously, as a lion chaser, they not only demonstrated perseverance, dedication and passion for the profession, but mostly passion for our kids," Ashby said.

Emily Beanie, Julie Coursey, Brittney Tichenor, Beverly Cullen, Kelly Gates, Rhona Blackburn, Crystal Skelton, Amber Patterson, Jason Jennings, Heather Alexander, Angela Gipson, and Heather Brown were recognized.

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Graduation dates announced are listed below:

Hopkins County Academy Graduation
Held at Browning Springs Middle School
7 p.m. Thursday, May 17

Hopkins County Central High School
Baccalaureate — 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16
Awards Night — 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17
Graduation — 7 p.m. Monday, May 21

Madisonville North Hopkins High School
Baccalaureate — 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16
Awards Day — 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6
Graduation — 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23

The board approved the following out of district, overnight, or non-school sponsored events as requested by the principal of the school, subject to date rescheduling as necessary: BSMS 6th grade to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN, Sky Zone/Lunch, rewards trip on May 23, 2018, for EES 3rd grade to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN to Koch Children's Museum for a rewards on May 16, for HCCHS Spanish Club to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN, to the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet, to learn about culture on April 24, 2018 for HCCHS FBLA to travel by school bus to Louisville, KY, Galt House for the state conference on April 16-18, 2018 for HCCTC HOSA to travel by school vehicle to Lake Cumberland, KY for the regional meeting, April 20-22, for JSES 2nd grade to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN to Mesker Zoo for a rewards trip on May 3, for MNHHS Girls Soccer to travel by school bus to Bowling Green, KY, soccer camp, July 10-13, for MNHHS FBLA to travel by school bus to Louisville, KY, Galt House for the state conference, April 16-18, for MNHHS Softball to travel by school bus to Elizabethtown, KY for a tournament, April 20-21, for PES 1st grade to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN, to Mesker Zoo for a rewards trip on May 18, for SHMS Beta Club to travel by school bus to, Evansville, IN to the AMC Theater for a rewards trip on May 1, for SES Kindergarten to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN to the Koch Children's Museum for a rewards trip on May 17, for WBES Kindergarten to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN Mesker Zoo for a rewards trip on May 17, for WBES 1st grade to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN Koch Children's Museum for a rewards trip May 18.

The board also agreed to pay the following invoice from Kentucky Technology Trust Fund: $21,119.80, Extreme Networks, purchase of network switch, installation, configuration charges and NAC Enterprise additional license.

The board approved the following invoices:

1. Modern Welding Company, $3,608.00 for aluminum rods.
2. English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP, $399.50, legal services for HCCTC, (Grapevine Rd. location).
3. Kimball Midwest, $469.00, Maintenance Efficiency Control for Automotive Lab at HCCTC.

The board approved the following grant applications:

• HCCHS, Novice Reduction Grant, up to $25,000.00, to be used for the purchase of IXL Math, summer sessions for students, PD and instruction.
• HES, Lowes Grant, undermined amount, to be used for painting the gym.

In addition, the district approved activity fundraisers for SES, PTA and Read 4 Education, proceeds to be used for sign project, SES, PTA, Parents Night Out, proceeds to be used for playground equipment, for SES, PTA, Mother/Son Fun Night Dance, proceeds to be used for mother/son event, and for SES, PTA, Fit-A-Thon, proceeds to be used for playground equipment.

The Memorandum of Understanding was approved for five additional SRO positions to be funded by Madisonville Police Department, paying 50 percent of salaries and 100 percent of benefits and Hopkins County Board of Education paying 50 percent of salaries.

Crime Stoppers of Hopkins County as part of One Team, One Mission, One Community has committed to provide the lettering for the SRO vehicles.

The next HCBOE meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 7 at Central Office, 320 S. Seminary St., Madisonville.

The last day of school for Hopkins County students is May 23.

Tammy Holloway
SurfKY News Reporter

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