Track resurfacing was discussed during the regular meeting of the Middlesboro Board of Education on Tuesday.
The project was approved during the January board meeting, pending bids. The bids were recently received, however the cost that was bid was higher than the original budget set by the board. Superintendent Steve Martin will be renegotiating with companies and the board will meet to discuss the renegotiated amounts at a later date.
The board will also be looking into adding restrooms at the soccer fields, per a parent’s request which was brought to the board.
Student Gracie Stiltner spoke about her involvement with the GearUp program and how it has impacted her learning career. Because of her interests, Stiltner was chosen to be a part of two separate leadership councils on the state and national levels which will ask for her input for fellow students who come from different backgrounds.
GearUp is a federally funded grant through the Promise Zone program which encourages students to become college and career ready. By the end of the funding, more than $1,000,000 will be spent on students in the district to encourage continuing their education and considering entering a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math.
The board approved the working budget for 2016-2017 with a 6.2 percent contingency overall.
Community members are invited to the schools to see the completed construction projects. Community night is set for Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at MES and Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at MHS.
Students at MES recently received dental check-ups from the Elgin Foundation and vision check-ups from the Lions Club. MES was awarded a grant which will provide microphones and a speaker system in each of the classrooms.
MAP testing was recently completed at MMS.
MHS seniors and their families met with a representative from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to discuss the options for paying for college and how to make it easier for families. The school recently received a Kentucky Ahead grant which will provide funding for students to visit 5 college campuses of their choosing.
Math teacher Carlena Carter’s classroom was recognized as a model classroom for improvement. This designation will allow other schools administration to attend her class and learn tips on how to increase scores.
The next board meeting is set for Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.