Last updated: July 24. 2014 6:58PM - 672 Views
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Middlesboro schools may be getting an extensive renovation in upcoming years including the potential for a new central office and school bus garage near the high school.

In Tuesday’s Middlesboro School Board meeting, Kevin Cheek with the Lexington-based Sherman, Carter and Barnhart architecture firm revealed the final draft of the district facilities plan which outlines renovation and building plans for the future.

Minor projects listed in the plan includes new roofing, restrooms, HVAC, repaving and resurfacing the parking lot of both the elementary and high schools.

Larger projects include the addition of 1,600 feet of standard classrooms at the middle school and renovation of laboratories at the high school to align with the district’s college and career ready plan. These labs will include hands-on education in engineering, biomedical services, computer sciences and medical health services.

“This allows students to go in and get training, certification and then they’re going right into the workplace,” said Cheek.

The school board will meet in work session to prioritize the list of potential renovations.

Before any improvements or changes are made, the district facilities plan will need to be approved by the Kentucky Department of Education at their October meeting. The school board will meet to prioritize the list of potential renovations.

A new program will be available for Middlesboro students interested in radio production and broadcasting. Nearly $33,000 was given to the district for the implementation of this program by the Steele-Reese Foundation which supports non-profit organizations in Appalachian Kentucky.

The board announced that they were able to raise nearly $45,000 to purchase a new air conditioned handicap accessible bus. The board hopes to have this bus ready for special needs students this fall.

Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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