Asbestos monitoring vital

The Middlesboro Independent Board of Education met on Tuesday for a regular meeting.

The board approved the renewal of the asbestos management contract with AirSource Technology. Timing with this coincides with current construction in Middlesboro High School and Elementary.

Asbestos is most commonly found in buildings constructed before 1980. The high school and elementary were built in the 1960s, so there is a chance for asbestos in the boiler room of these buildings.

AirSource Technology has been monitoring the construction areas and will continue to monitor any locations that will be disturbed during the construction process.

The board passed a resolution which will impose an additional $.05 property tax. This tax will be earmarked to benefit the ongoing construction efforts of the district.

“Nobody likes taxes, but I think this is necessary to provide our kids with the things that will help them learn and have a better atmosphere. It’s regulated and can only be spent on the construction that we’ve got going now,” said Superintendent Steve Martin.

A new evaluation plan was approved by the board which will affect how the staff is evaluated over the upcoming school year.

This certified evaluation plan will include a board comprised of teachers and administration, matching state requirements.

“This process will help give support to teachers in the classroom. Having peers and administration doing the observations will allow us to meet and discuss our findings to better prep kids based on our findings,” said Martin.

The first evaluation will be completed by mid-November.

The July Middlesboro Board of Education meeting will be July 21 at 7 p.m. in the Middlesboro Middle School Library.

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

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