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June 12, 2014

Matthews nominated for Kentucky Association of Pupil Transportation super award

GLASGOW — Barren County Schools’ Transportation Department nominated Superintendent Bo Matthews for a superintendent of the year award through the Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation, it was announced Thursday at the board of education’s regular meeting.

Director of Transportation Chip Jenkins said Matthews will be presented the award Tuesday at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green during the annual KAPT conference and awards banquet.

“I think we definitely have a superintendent that goes way above and beyond average,” Board Chairman Robbie Toms said.

In other business, pay dates for 2014-15 for salaried employees will remain the same as last year, and a 1 percent pay increase for certified and classified employees was approved.

A Bulldog arena ground tool, which is a piece of equipment that attaches to a tractor to kick up dirt, was approved as surplus property and will be available for sale.

Construction updates were given about the various work being done at a few facilities over the summer. Jim Ivy of RBS Design said work is moving along now that class is out of session.

“We aren’t surprised that we have found a few surprises,” Ivy said about some changes that needed to be made to the duct work at the Barren County High School media center. “Every thing is going to work out fine.”

The Austin Tracy Elementary School and Central Office work is about to be underway, because they are waiting on materials, Ivy said.

“I just wanted to let the board and everyone know that the work they’re (Alliance Corp. and RBS Designs) doing is beyond satisfactory,” Matthews said. “It’s obvious that the personnel to get the job done is present with us. They’re on top of things and we’ve being well taken care of.”

Director of Food Services CheyAnne Fant announced that for the first time in many years, food services has a surplus of about $60,000, due in part to changes to the school menus and personnel.

She also spoke about the 21st Century Summer Camps that are ongoing this summer There are 94 students in the elementary camps, 35 students in middle school camps and 45 in the high school camps. Middle schoolers are also allowed to attend the high school camps for credit recovery and dual credit courses.

“There are lots of fun activities going on this summer, and we will feed your children,” Fant said.

Meanwhile, notable students and staff were also recognized: Dustin Ash from the College Street Campus was named student of the month; Jason Rickard from the College Street Campus was named certified employee of the month and Kerry Nunn from the College Street Campus was named classified employee of the month. Casey Lile and Ashlyn Valuzat were both given awards for having perfect attendance throughout their school careers to date, and Kathy Ragle is retiring from Barren County High School.

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