School construction on track


The two front entrances to the Madisonville school complex are expected to open by the end of the week in anticipation of the new school year, which begins Aug. 22. Teachers returned to campus on Monday.

Three new principals are getting acclimated to their offices. Heath Brown relocated from the junior high campus to the high school, while first-time principal Chad Moorhead is taking the reins at the junior high. Tawnya Nail is the new leader at the intermediate school.

Superintendent Keith Smith said he is meeting with contractors and architects on a regular basis to ensure that construction on $8.4 million worth of upgrades is on track.

“They feel like they’re on schedule,” Smith said. “The only hiccup we found is that some of the old iron pipe under the 1966 version of the [high] school was rusted out. We replaced it with PVC. They’ve said they’ll have substantial completion at the end of next summer. Their definition of substantial completion and our definition may be different.”

Smith added that he was worried about students getting too close to the construction but the contractors were planning to install fencing.

In other matters, the board:

  • Set the public hearing to discuss budget and proposed tax rate for Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Reviewed a salary schedule that proposes a 2.2 percent increase.
  • Authorized Superintendent Smith to negotiate a one-year extension on an oil and gas lease.