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New tennis courts given green light

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By Kristin Beck

Carroll County High School will have new tennis courts soon; however when work will begin and if they will be ready in time for next season is unknown.

The Carroll County Board of Education approved a $103,222 bid from Tennis Technology Inc. at its regular meeting May 23 at Kathryn Winn Primary School. The other bid was from Tenni-Trac for $116,824.

Before accepting the new bid, the Board voted to reject the original tennis court bids presented at the March 28 meeting in favor of the new bids.

“We felt like we needed to trim down some of the bid specs, which we did,” Chief Operating Officer/Director of Pupil Personnel Larry Curell said at the meeting.

The approved bid includes three new courts, rather than four, and does not include new lighting. Rather than remove the old black top, it will be ground and re-used as a base for the new courts. Then, the courts will receive new surfacing, not patched, Curell said. Workers also will fix the drainage issues by installing a perimeter drainage system.

The courts will have new net posts and a new vinyl coated fence with two gates.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Curell said the district wants to install the new courts first and then evaluate whether or not to put in new lights. He did not know when the company, which is out of Louisville, will begin work and did not know if the courts would be ready in time for next season. The high school tennis teams currently play their home matches at the county park.

Tentative budget

Carroll County Board of Education approved a 2013-14 tentative budget of approximately $25.3 million for the school district.

Chief Financial Officer Jon Conrad explained that the Board is required by the state to review the budget three times per year. The first is the draft budget in January, then the tentative budget in May and finally the working budget in September. The tentative budget must be approved and sent to the state by the end of May.

The tentative budget includes about $1.2 million in contingency, of 5.01 percent. The general fund stands at $19,766,500. Salary and benefits account for 75.6 percent of the general fund, Connrad said, and includes $508,906 for a 2.5 percent salary increase plus step.

The school district receives more than $3.4 million in grants and has $3,205,000 in the construction fund for the Carroll County Middle School project.

The carry forward is projected at $5.9 million.

The budget also includes $200,000 for two new school buses. It has been discussed that those will be for Special Education and Head Start, he said.

While other school districts are having some financial difficulties, Carroll County is doing well because of contributions from North American Stainless and Dow Corning, Conrad said.

The companies help Carroll County Schools through taxes and their support of school programs, he said. The district can fund the middle school construction project because we have NAS and Dow Corning, Conrad said.

 

Mefford hired as CCR coach for schools

Superintendent Lisa James announced Rachel Mefford has been hired as the new College and Career Readiness coach. She starts July 1 and will work with the staffs at the high school, alternative school and middle. Mefford previously worked for the Carroll County Area Technology Center.

Champion for Kids: Malachi Corbin

Superintendent Lisa James presented this month’s Champion for Kids award to eighth-grader Malachi Corbin for his outstanding athletic performance in track and field. Corbin ranked first in the state in middle-school boys shot put with his throw of 44 feet, 8 inches. He was also named MileSplit U.S. First Team Elite and was ranked No. 11 in the nation among middle-school athletes. He ranked No. 6 in the state with his discus throw of 109 feet, 8 inches.

County’s at-risk students graduate

While attending the Carroll County High School graduation, Chief Operating Officer/Director of Pupil Personnel Larry Curell noted that 28 of the 129 graduating seniors were part of the wrap-around support group. He commended Assistant Principal Mark Willhoite for doing a great job working with the at-risk students. Curell said he was happy that “we really made a difference with our students.”

Winn student video

Kathryn Winn Principal Gerda Wise showed a slimmed-down version of a video highlighting the students’ achievement at her school. The video included scenes from Lindamood-Bell classes, LEGO robotics and the art show.

 

Wise said 86 percent of kindergarten students achieved growth in reading this year, which is 20 percent higher than the other two grades. Kindergarten was the only grade to receive Lindamood-Bell training in their core program.

After the video, Chairwoman Mona Kindoll said what stood out to her was how engaged the students were. Superintendent Lisa James said the teachers and staff worked hard to get to the root cause of how to get kids to read, to learn math and to be engaged.