Technical school to be part of work to add security at district facilities

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE – When the Bullitt County Public School System was going through to evaluate security issues at all of its facilities recently, there was one which was skipped over.

Board member Darrell Coleman brought the omission of Bullitt County Technical Center to the attention of school officials.

At its June meeting, the board voted to spend an additional $10,294 to make the needed improvements to increase security at the vocational school located next to Bullitt Central High.

Building and grounds supervisor Mark Mitchell said that the consultant with 5253 Design Group looked at the facility and made some recommendations to make it more secure.

Like most of the school facilities, improvements would be made to add more security precautions for those entering the buildings. Having a locked door with a buzzer entrance system has become commonplace.

Coleman said he was just concerned that currently someone could just walk into the building, which concerned staff members.

The security work throughout the district is moving forward. EH Construction was awarded the bid of $118,000 to do the work, plus an alternate of $20,505.

Work will begin immediately.

In other business:

*Work continues at the College and Career Centers at all three high schools.

Ground has been broken and dirt moved at North Bullitt and Bullitt East. Plans are still in the works for Bullitt Central, which is also receiving a major renovation.

Architect Russ McFarland said summer work is in full swing. The faculty parking lot at Bullitt Central is being constructed along High School Drive. The existing area will be used for the new cafeteria.

The tennis courts will be relocated to the front of the school as that space will be used for the college and career center.

During the renovation work, the media center will be relocated to the current cafeteria and the former media center could be transformed into other learning space.

McFarland said the rest of the school would get new doors, flooring and other renovations.

There will be alternates placed into the bid package to do things such as turning the old home ec room into a culinary suite; renovating gym locker rooms; dividing the old media center into computer labs and testing area; and replacing student lockers.

The feasibility of the alternates will be determined by the prices on the bid package.

The plan is to have the work at Bullitt Central done by late 2014 or early 2015.

At Bullitt East and North Bullitt, work is underway. Completion is set for June 1, 2014.

The centers would provide an auxiliary gym, as well as six classrooms and labs.

Architect Joe Sandman said flooring work continues at Cedar Grove Elementary, Hebron Middle and Mount Washington Middle.

*The school board approved a deal with the state transportation cabinet for the purchase of property in front of Pleasant Grove Elementary.

The deal would allow the state to purchase land needed to widen Highway 44 at the Bogard Lane intersection.

The offer would also allow the school district to purchase the existing school sign, which would be removed in the expansion.

The school system would be allowed to retain the sign and still receive $12,300 for the land acquisition.

The school board approved that deal.

*The board will allow Jeff and Erica Robards to use portions of the 38 acres recently acquired for agricultural uses.

The leased land is behind North Bullitt High School.

The district would receive 25 percent of any net proceeds on the farmed property.

*The board unanimously approved a contract renewal for legal services.

The services will be provided by Buckman and Farris through June 30, 2015.

The rates would remain the same.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Public School Board will be on Monday, July 22, at 6 p.m. at the central office. The public is invited.

There will be no workshop session in July or August.