Off-campus school site disapproved
by Stephen Scalf
There has been much debate within our community over the Nicholas County School Board’s pending decision concerning where to place the new, state-funded elementary school. Upon further inspection of the off-campus property on Concrete Road that was offered to the school district for the elementary school, the Kentucky Department of Education ruled the Nicholas County School District would not be given the approval to acquire the site.
A letter addressed to Nicholas County Schools from Gregory C. Dunbar from the Kentucky Department of Education’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet said this regarding the decision not to grant the district use of the off-campus property:
“The following issues are relevant to this matter:
1. The current District Facility Plan (DFP) identifies the project as being on a ‘new site’. Section 1 of the referenced regulation provides the following definition: ‘In determining the location of an acceptable site, the term “in the vicinity of,” as used in educational facilities plans, shall be defined within a one (1) mile radius of a specific point or the main highway intersection (center) of a city or one (1) mile beyond any two (2) specific points referenced in the facility plan priority. No site shall be approved which exceeds the one (1) mile limit.’ Although the DFP does not state the new elementary school is to be in the vicinity of a specific location, the intent of the regulation appears to be that an approvable site provides a relatively centralized location relative to the population served. In this circumstance, this site moves the location of the district’s only elementary school 2.6 miles further from the city of Carlisle and from the geographic center of the county.
Fire board discusses grant, other business
Fire Board convened their regular monthly meeting on Apr. 8, quickly reading and approving the minutes from the March meeting as well as the Treasurer’s report. Treasurer Andy Whirls told the board that as of Apr. 9, the checking account which had been held at Whitaker Bank would be closed out and the funds deposited into the account at Farmers’ Deposit Bank. In addition, he noted that the separation of the Firemen’s Fund monies into its own account, a move that had been approved at the February meeting, had been accomplished.
Fire Chief Doug French again stated that it was his wish that all expenditures from the Firemen’s Fund continue to come before the board.
Bills for the month were discussed and payment approved. Acting on a suggestion from board member Jay Morford, bills paid from the Firemen’s Fund (scene lights, uniforms, and some shirts for the firemen to wear to events such as funerals for family members of fellow firefighters) were approved separately from bills being paid out of the general fund.
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