School construction continues


By Kelsey Gerhardt - [email protected]



The continued construction projects were a topic of discussion during the Middlesboro Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.

Spokesmen from Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects and Prodigy Construction gave an overview of the recent completion of the first construction phase, indicating that there are minor problems that cannot be fixed while school is in session.

“We’ve all been in the buildings on Saturdays and Sundays and after school hours and it’s hard work that is keeping this going. It’s noticed and it is appreciated,” said Superintendent Steve Martin.

The restrooms at Middlesboro Elementary School have a few ‘bugs’, according to Mitch Hunter of SCBA, but they are completely functional. Restrooms at the high school are part of the next phase of construction.

Principals at the elementary, middle and high school have all noted an increase in enrollment.

“If you count the students here and in home-bound, we have well over 400 students when we only had 380 just two years ago. I’ve had a lot of parents come up to me over the summer and say how glad they are that we’ve got such good things going on at our school,” said MHS Principal Bobby Bennett.

The board voted to approve the Middlesboro Elementary School Dental Program Agreement with the Elgin Foundation. This program provides dental care to students in need for children in Kindergarten through fifth-grade.

MES has been setting goals for the continuation of the Leader In Me program. LMU-DCOM has been leading after-school tutoring sessions for students that are having trouble in math.

Middlesboro Middle School recently received a grant to begin Camp Science in 2016 which will give students a boost in science related courses. Principal Bill Jones mentioned noticing a positive change with the addition of LED lighting throughout the school which is also part of the first phase of the ongoing construction project.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardmbdn.

By Kelsey Gerhardt

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