The Bell County Board of Education held their regular meeting Tuesday.
Renovations to Bell Central, Bell High School and Yellow Creek School Center are coming to fruition. Recent pay applications on the projects were discussed and approved.
The board heard and accepted a resolution presented by the Bell County Education Association agreeing to support Kentucky educators in their efforts to secure a viable funding plan that will ensure the Kentucky Teachers Retirement Pension system will provide for teachers in their retirement years. The board voted in favor of adopting the resolution.
A textbook purchasing plan was submitted and approved with the current state allocation of $72,946.
The funding of band instruments was reviewed and contracting with Abraham Music to supply the instruments was approved.
Fundraising events and the guidelines were heard and approved.
In other business, the fiscal year working budget for 2016 was reviewed and approved with a 3.5 percent contingency fund.
Extra curricular transportation invoicing was discussed and a raise was proposed and accepted. As a district the schools are required by law to pay 68 cents per mile to fund back into the transportation department for any extra curricular activity travel, such as football games and field trips. The the lowest otherwise in the region is $1.40 per mile. The school district totaled 42,650 miles traveled for extra curricular activities last year. The average calculated cost per mile for these trips is $2.88.
The rate was raised from the current 65 cents per mile to a $1.40 per mile. This is in league with surrounding counties such as Whitley County — who also has a rate of $1.40.
Reach William Tribell at 606 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn