Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Schools

September 16, 2011

Celtic Academy has a setback

GLASGOW — The construction of a new addition to Glasgow High School is only one part of the new developments in the district. The Celtic Academy will give new options for students who are considered gifted within the three elementary schools.

Though the program had a setback when the Glasgow School Board rejected bids for contractors to convert a portion of the Happy Valley Learning Center into the academy classrooms. The contract was missing specifications of a prevailing wage, so the board decided to readvertise and start again.

“We will revisit a time frame and if at all possible we’ll be ready for move-in by the spring or after spring break,” said Tommy Gumm, president and co-founder of Alliance Corporation, who is overseeing the renovation.

But the board members continued to show their support for the program at Monday’s board meeting.

“We are committed to proceeding with the project and trying to find the most economic way to do that,” said board member Barret Lessenberry.

Even with the delay, Superintendent Sean Howard said the academy will continue as planned on Oct. 10.

“Regardless of the location, the program will continue,” Howard said. “We also plan to gain other students who show an interest and exhibit high testing scores.”

The academy and its two teachers focus on students from South Green Elementary, Highland Elementary and Glasgow Middle School who have been identified as gifted in math and science. The academy is currently using a classroom at South Green and are working to get a second room until the conversion can be made to Happy Valley.

The Glasgow Board of Education approved the readvertisement of bids with added prevailing wage and also approved adjustments to the bonding until the bids are accepted.

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