Football fireworks may be toned down

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Actions taken at July 20 school board meeting are listed

By The Staff

Complaints about noise had the LaRue County School Board discussing a long-standing tradition of shooting fireworks from a cannon at LaRue County High's home football games after points have been scored.

Some community members have voiced complaints about the noise.

School Board member Dick Greenwell said most of the complaints came after several late games last year and that the loudness "can be a bit much at late hours."

Board member Anita Cruse said she thinks "the kids enjoy it" but suggested "toning them down a bit."

Billy Chaudoin, who is in charge of setting off the fireworks, said sometimes, since the fireworks come from China, that they "never really know what's going to come out" once they are lit and hopes a minority doesn't stop something enjoyed by the "vast majority" of the community.

Also, the school board formed a committee to discuss the possibility of the band boosters selling old trophies as a fundraiser.

Greenwell will serve as chairman and board member Price Smith also will serve on the committee.

•Penny Burd, a member of the band boosters, urged the school board to help develop a hall of fame to display trophies from all school activities to "show them off" rather than "collect dust."At the LaRue County School Board meeting July 20:

•Superintendent Sam Sanders said LaRue County High School teacher Rex Hanson had informed him 18 students at the high school passed the Advanced Placement exams, receiving college credit.

•The board also heard an architect's report from the company in charge of the HVAC updates at LaRue County Middle School.

The project is "moving along quite well," according to the architects, and that completing the classrooms are "priority" at this point, in order to be complete before the start of school.

They said the only thing that should still be unfinished by the start of school is the replacement of windows in the gymnasium and will work around the school schedule to finish installation.

•Board member Norbert Skees asked about having working sessions for the district budget and with the schools’ site-based councils. Chairman Ronnie Chelf said he doesn't think any board member is opposed to the working sessions.

•Skees requested a closed session to discuss an out-of-district request brought before the board previously, but no motion was approved.

In other business, the board:

• Unanimously approved change order #2 along with necessary adjustments to BG-1 for the LCMS HVAC project in the amount of $4,950 to take out and replace the exhaust fans at the gymnasium, which was verbally approved by Sanders on-site with most of the work already complete

• Unanimously denied change order request 28115-06 for the LCMS HVAC project for an addition of $7,125 for a Daiken indoor unit placed in the front corridor to heat and cool the front entrance, which was a leftover unit, and the architects and engineers did not recommend due to it being an unnecessary expense

• Unanimously approved change order request 28115-07 for the LCMS HVAC project for an addition of $2,880 to pick up the existing gym lobby thermostat controls on the centralized control system to eliminate manipulation of the thermostat

• Unanimously approved change order request 28115-08 for the LCMS HVAC project for a deduction of $3,450 for deleting heaters in rooms primarily used for storage

• Unanimously approved the amended change order request 28115-10-R2 for an addition of $5,600 for a change in window trim at the intermediate school, which Fulkerson said was a "necessary" change

• Unanimously approved change order request 28115-11 for an addition of $5,765 to install pipe insulation where asbestos was abated

• Unanimously approved payment of $332,874 to Mechanical Consultants Inc. for the LCMS HVAC project

• Unanimously approved the low bid on tennis court construction in the amount of $142,375 by Tennis Technology- Sanders said the tennis courts would be open to the public, but if abuse to the courts becomes a problem, the issue would be revisited.

• Unanimously approved transferring $250,000 from the general fund beginning balance to the general fund escrow account, which is money that can be used for future construction and/or salary increases, with a possible use being the "Laptop Initiative"

• Unanimously approved extending the deed closure on Buffalo Elementary School property to AU Associates to Jan. 31, 2010

• Unanimously approved board officers for 2009-2010 - secretary: Sanders; treasurer: Kay Bryant; and assistant treasurer: Renee Ragland

• Unanimously approved the election of officers for the building authority - chairman: Chelf; assistant chair: Greenwell; treasurer: Cruse.