By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session recently the Lewis County Board of Education in conjunction with Sheriff Bill Lewis honored a local teenage hero.
On Monday, August 29 bus monitor Amanda Ruark, a freshman at Lewis County High School, took immediate and positive action to rescue from harm an elementary student whose life was in imminent danger.
Sheriff Lewis presented Ruark with a certificate of honor for meritorious achievement. The certificate states that a school bus traveling west on KY 984 stopped to let Amanda and a student she was escorting off the bus. A large truck traveling west collided into the left rear of the bus and skidded left and forward toward the students. In the face of extreme personal danger and without regard for her own life Amanda pulled the other student from the path of the oncoming truck.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. then introduced Jim Bob McGlone who also presented Ruark with an award. McGlone trains both the bus drivers and the bus monitors. Most of the monitors are high school students deemed responsible enough for that task.
Greg McCane, Jason Hill and Kasey Nolen used a bit of modern technology to explain to the school board how the computers and the web sites for the district are being improved and updated on an ongoing basis. Most of the technology is funded by the state and much is purchased through USF at an 82 percent discount.
In May, 2005 Lewis County received the web site of the month award.
The three men used an electronic smart board for a Power Point Presentation showing the advances in the tech department in the school district.
Currently the school district has one computer for every three students, and that is well above the state average of one computer for every six pupils.
Reeder announced that the school has had some problems getting the yearbooks published and delivered on time.
He said that the 2004 Yearbook was completed on Sept. 9 and will be delivered in six to eight weeks.
He said that Rachel Edington has been called in to help expedite the matter and solve the problems with getting the Yearbooks published.
The projected delivery date for last year’s books is Jan. 23. This year’s seniors can expect their Yearbooks by August of 2006.
The board approved this year’s school tax rate. The real estate rate is 41.0 per $100 of assessed value. The intangible and personal property tax rate is at 41.4, down from last year’s rate of 41.8.
The board approved a change order for the make-up-air and fire alarm at the Middle School. The work will cost $1920. The order is necessary because of water damage that occurred to the fire alarm’s main board last winter.
The board also approved a contract with MachTech out of Lexington to inspect the work at the Tollesboro Elementary renovation project. The contract costs $7,095. The inspection confirms that the quality of the concrete, steel, etc. meet the specs called for in the construction.
Following the actions of the Lewis County Fiscal Court and the Vanceburg City Council the Board of Education approved resolution adopting the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The board approved a BG4 for the Lewis County Middle School project. This is the final paperwork sent to the state to confirm that the project is completed and that all the final bills can be paid.
The board also approved a change order for the Tollesboro Elementary project. It includes extending the parking lot during the construction period, installing a new pump for the sprinkler system, tearing out and installing new ceilings in the restrooms and putting in a new gas line. The cost of the work comes to $11,025.36.
The board moved to pay the substitute bus drivers $50 each for the eight hours they spent in update training.