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School board selects contractor for school renovations

BY LAUREN P. DUNCAN lduncan@paducahsun.com

The McCracken County Board of Education approved a contractor for the first round of renovations at old Reidland High School.

The board approved a $179,424 contract with B.H. Green and Son, Inc. of Paducah to renovate the new side of the old Reidland High School, the front entrance and the library area.

Todd Jackson, McCracken County Schools director of facilities, said bidding opened June 12. B.H. Green was the lowest bidder out of three the district received.

The board approved a plan in February to split work on the old Reidland High School complex to update restroom fixtures, heating and air conditioning systems and windows in the older portion of the facility, as well as upgrades to classrooms and installation of security doors on the newer side.

The board also approved Thursday to begin looking at updates to Lone Oak Intermediate School. Jackson requested the board's approval to seek a professional evaluation for making a more "secure, public friendly entrance" to the building, he said.

Also Thursday, the board looked at the potential loss of tax money in the future due to USEC's closure. The loss of USEC's "power sales" paid through the Tennessee Valley Authority will likely decrease Kentucky's power sales base, which will then decrease funds distributed to school districts.

McCracken County schools could see a 30 percent decrease in power sales dollars over the next two years, or about $1 million less than the $3.8 million it received last year. 

"This information is really essential to our school district's planning," outgoing Superintendent Nancy Waldrop said.

This was Waldrop's last regular meeting. On July 1, new superintendent Quinn Sutton assume leadership. The board approved a revision to Sutton's contract Thursday, which increases the allotment for beneficial memberships in civic and educational organizations from $1,500 to $3,390. According to school board attorney Gorman Bradley, Waldrop's contract also originally had to be revised to include an increase for memberships.

Contact Lauren Duncan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.

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