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CES construction project nearly complete

Calen McKinney

Campbellsville Independent Schools


Construction at Campbellsville Elementary Schools will soon come to an end.


During the Campbellsville Board of Education’s regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 14, Board members heard about the progress on the project.


Mitchell Roe, a construction manager at Codell Construction Co., said the CES renovation project is nearly complete.


Progress is still being made on the new cafeteria and front office suite, he said.


In the back of the school, Roe said, railings are being installed. Landscaping is also in the works.


Administrators will be able to move into their new offices very soon, Roe said, and CES teachers are now using the front entrance to load and unload children to school buses.


Carpet will be installed in the new front offices after the Thanksgiving holiday.


Roe said he anticipates that the project will be complete by the third week of December.


“Barring any major problems,” he said, “we will be out by the end of the year.”


Work is continuing on creating the display to honor those who attended Durham School. The front entrance will feature a timeline of the Durham School.


A grand opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of construction is in the planning stages.


Renovations planned at CES include the addition of four new classrooms, a new HVAC unit, a fire suppression system, interior finishes, new kitchen and cafeteria, new restrooms, renovation of existing classrooms, a new playground for preschool students and work to administrative suites, parking areas and the front façade.


The project began in March.


Once renovations are complete at CES, and then later at CMS, all fourth- and fifth-grade students will be housed at CES, making it a more traditional elementary school, and the CMS building will better suit the needs of a middle school.


The CES project will cost about $9.7 million.


Academic Spotlight


Campbellsville High School was in this month’s academic spotlight.


CHS Site-Based Decision Making Council members Kirby Smith, Dee Doss, Tyler Hardy, Dale Estes, Kathy McMahan and Teresa Young discussed test scores and other happenings at the school.


“The school year is off to a great start,” Smith said.


Smith said his teachers are continuing to “name and claim” their students to better serve them in their academic careers.


Board members agreed for the District to pay for all juniors to take the ACT in October. And, the testing has paid off in that several students are now college ready as a result of their scores.


“We think it’s paid huge dividends,” Smith said.


Estes, who teaches at CHS and is also head football coach, said several of his players literally ran to him to tell them their scores.


“They are even surprising themselves,” he said.


Smith said students are using their second period RTI time to work on areas in which they might fall a bit short.


“I really feel like we’re getting our bang for the buck with that extra 30 some minutes four days a week.”


Being a School of Distinction, Smith said, students are happy with their successes and proud of their outstanding scores.


“We’re very tickled where we’re at, but we’re still not happy,” he said.


Smith said he and his teachers are constantly working hard to engage students.


The goal each school year, he said, is to increase ACT scores, along with college and career readiness and graduation rate. And, so far, students are improving in all of those areas.


SBDM members discussed several athletics and extracurriculars at which CHS students are excelling, from marching band to golf to soccer to volleyball with new coach CMS Principal Elisha Rhodes.


Smith said the number of CHS students enrolled in AP courses has increased dramatically.


Hardy said he has been working to help students improve their ACT scores. Senior students, he said, might be tempted to not work as hard during their last year of high school. But that’s not true at CHS.


“To see seniors still working to improve that score is huge for me,” he said.


Estes said that sentiment can be seen in many aspects at CHS.


“The culture has changed in our school,” he said.


Smith said many seniors are working internships at businesses in the community, which gives them valuable real-world experience before they officially join the real world job market.


Doss said her daughter, Kathryn, who graduated last May, discovered what she truly wants to do with her life via an internship during her senior year.


“The community [is] seeing our kids in a different light,” she said.


Smith said, “We want to love them, teach them and change them.


Also at the Meeting:


  • Board members approved the purchase of a new school bus at a cost of $106,974. Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Deaton said it’s time to rotate one of the District’s older buses out of the fleet. That bus, however, will be kept and used as a supplemental bus, only when needed.


  • Campbellsville Middle School Principal Elisha Rhodes discussed her school’s test scores with Board members. She said teachers are focusing on targeting students to help them meet their goals. The school will soon undergo a Kentucky Department of Education internal audit, she said, and efforts are continuing to ensure students have the instruction they need to be successful. Deaton said he and other district administrators recently walked through all CIS schools, and, based on what he saw at CMS, he is confident that test scores are the school will only increase from here.


  • Jeff Sprowles of Wise, Buckner, Sprowles & Associates said the District’s audit found no problems or weaknesses. In all, Sprowles said, the District’s assets total more than $28 million. Property taxes account for about $2 million. Last fiscal year was a pretty solid one for the District, Sprowles said.


  • Board members agreed to advertise for bids to build a 400-seat stadium/bleacher seating area and press box at the football/soccer field on the Campbellsville Elementary School campus.


  • Board Chair Pat Hall said she and Barkley Taylor were recently re-elected to serve another term on the Campbellsville Board of Education. She and Taylor thanked the community for always supporting the Board in its mission to educate students.


  • CES first-grade teacher Shirley Cox received the Dare to Soar award.


  • CHS academic achievers were honored. They include freshmen Katelyn Miller and Malachi Corley, sophomores Mariah Lowery and Jorden Perkins, juniors Missy Vanorder and Alex Doss and seniors Blair Lamb and Murphy Lamb.


  • Three pay request for renovations at CES, totaling $773,452.70, were approved. Several change orders were also approved, totaling $25,145.76.


  • A shortened school day was approved for IEP eligible students.


  • Finance Director Chris Kidwell presented the District’s financial report for October. Revenue was $2,071,890.91 and expenses were $1,878,517.65. Closing balance at the end of the month was $7,778,305.81. About $3.2 million is construction funding.


  • This month’s personnel report includes new employees Charlene Price and Katie Stallard, substitute teachers; and Jessica Williams, who is a CES preschool instructional assistant. Employees hired for additional duties include Dee Doss, CHS academic team future problem solving coach; Kathy England, CMS softball head coach; Chris Smith, CHS boys’ basketball assistant coach; Stephen Tucker, CHS bowling coach; Debbie Smith, CHS girls’ basketball assistant coach; and Steven Gumm, CHS fourth- and fifth-grade academic team assistant coach. Transfers include Katie Campbell, CMS LBD teacher; Amy Deaton, CHS LBD teacher; Tammy Hash, CMS seventh-grade math teacher; Brittany Johnson, CES kindergarten assistant; Herb Wiseman, CHS Focus to Finish Academy teacher; Ann-Michael Tucker, CMS fifth-grade teacher; and Juanita Young, CMS FMD teacher.


  • The Board’s next meeting is set for Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education office. It is open to the public.

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