There is a lot of work going on at the Wayne County School campus, as three construction projects continue. The school board met on Tuesday, May 14 and took action to keep all three of the projects moving along as scheduled.

    The board approved several change orders related to the construction 
of the new Area Career and Technology Center. The change orders 
accounted for a $200,000 credit to the district on the project.
    Superintendent Wayne Roberts provided school board members with an 
update regarding the project. He said it is moving along well, though 
officials have known for some time that the building will not be 
completed before the new school year begins in August.
    They are hoping to have it ready to move into over fall break, 
according to Roberts.
    The board approved a payment of approximately $29,000 to alt 32 for 
architectural work on the track and soccer field project. They also 
approved the only bid they received for work on the soccer field, so 
it can be prepared for seeding.
    Conley Gregory Construction was awarded the bid at $198,000.
    A third project is just underway and involved renovation of 
Monticello Elementary School. The board approved the BG1 for the 
project, which is estimated to cost approximately $4.1 million.
    Roberts indicated that work at the school should begin over the 
summer. It will continue into the new school year, as accommodations 
will be made to continue having classes in the building as the same 
time the work is being completed.
    The school board will likely see some preliminary drawings for the 
Monticello Elementary School project at their July meeting.
    The school board celebrated a historic event during their meeting, 
as they recognized the first Wayne County student to earn an 
associate's degree while in high school.
    Senior Jessie Allison will receive an associate's degree from 
Somerset Community College, as she receives her high school diploma 
from Wayne County.
    She shared with board member her experiences being a dual credit 
student. Allison is one of only a handful of students in this area to 
have reached with accomplishment.
    In other action, the board:
    • Approved the tentative budget for 2019-2020, which totals 
approximately $41 million in all funds.
    • Approved the updated technology plan for the next school year.
    • Approved a travel study option to Washington, D.C. for fifth 
graders during spring break 2020.
    • Approved the contract with Roberts Insurance for student accident 
    • Approved a contract with Assured Partners Insurance Agency for 
property, equipment, liability, auto and workers compensation 
insurance for the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Approved the bid from Holston Gas for propane at a cost of $1.29 a 
    • Approved a contract with White and Associates to serve as auditor 
for the district for the 2018-2019 audit.
    • Approved a contract with Cumberland Family Medical Center for the 
school health plan next year.
    • Approved the site based decision making allocations.
    • Approved the contract with ABM Industry Groups for custodial 
    • Approved a trip to Dollywood for the senior class on May 17.
    • Approved a facility request for Monticello Elementary School by 
the MHS Class of 1969 for a reunion.


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