The Middlesboro Board of Education voted to rescind the recallable nickel tax during their regular board meeting on Tuesday evening.
The board read their reasoning as follows:
“The Middlesboro Board of Education has heard the concerns and views of the community. Therefore, we have rescinded the proposal of the recallable nickel. It was not the intention of the Middlesboro Board of Education to create hardship for the citizens of Middlesboro. We feel our community is stronger when we work together. The Middlesboro Board of Education strives to provide the best education possible for our students.”
As of now, there are no plans to pursue a nickel tax in the future.
The board also approved a working budget for the 2015-2016 school year. Money will also be set aside to fund future building projects.
“I think it would be wise to set aside some of our utility tax dollars into a potential building fund for the future and we are capable of doing that right now. My recommendation is about $225,000 we can set aside towards future building funds,” said Superintendent Steve Martin.
The Middlesboro Preschool Building, also known as East End or the Middlesboro Intermediate School, was declared surplus property. This will go into effect June 30.
Members of the community and members of the administration were concerned about the gym facility being lost, however the surplus declaration will not include the gym and can still be available for use by the district.
Classes for 3- and 4-year-olds will be rescheduled for Middlesboro Elementary School, however there is currently no plan in place for younger child care. Martin mentioned that a modular unit may be a possibility.
Middlesboro Elementary School is continuing their Leader in Me program with events every Monday morning and a monthly assembly to recognize student leaders.
The MES Toyota Born Learning programming has 12 family participants this year — up from the 10 families which participated last year. This program helps give parents tips on how to begin educating their children at a young age from home before they are school age.
The Middlesboro Middle School Parent Teacher Organization recently finished landscaping in front of the school. Thirty-two MMS students recently went to space camp in Hazard and came back with a positive learning experience and a new found appreciation for science and aeronautics.
MHS has implemented a new Continuous Classroom Improvement Plan which gives students 80 percent mastery of a subject. Principal Bobby Bennett believes this is positively affecting the way students approach learning and is teaching them to appreciate hours spent in the classroom.
The next board meeting is set for Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Central Office Building.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.