Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - Updated: 1:09 PM
By Rachel Keller
The Marshall County Board of Education last week announced it had selected architects for the renovation projects at both Sharpe Elementary and Marshall County High School (MCHS). After the board members received a number of proposals, pared them down to a select few (per school) that made a presentation to the board on Nov. 21, the board selected CMS Architects of Paducah for the Sharpe Elementary project and Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects of Paducah for the MCHS project.
The board approved a facilities plan in late March that paved the way for these renovations. While the total plan details $22.9 million in needed renovations, Superintendent Trent Lovett said not all of those would be completed. At the top of the list were Sharpe Elementary and MCHS. Lovett said the biggest concern at Sharpe was getting students out of mobile classrooms. Regarding the high school, he said many people don’t realize that building is 42 years old.
The Sharpe renovations will include a new HVAC unit, electrical and plumbing upgrades, new windows, floor coverings, a new fire sprinkler system, roofing and a new public address system. More visible upgrades include additional parking for employees and visitors, a kitchen and cafeteria renovation and the addition of three regular classrooms and two resource rooms. Lovett said while the school is in need of approximately $9 million in improvements, the current project will cover approximately $2 million of those needs.
MCHS will receive a roughly $10 million facelift that includes mechanical and HVAC improvements, electrical, plumbing, roofing, ceiling and grid work and a new sprinkler system. In addition, a new resource room, science lab, family resource room and kitchen and cafeteria renovations will take place.
Lovett said now that architects have been selected, the board will meet with them to go over designs and once all of the drawings are final, the projects will go to bid.
In other business, the board approved the 2017 Fall Break schedule for Oct. 9-13. Director of Pupil Personnel Ledonia Williamson said contrary to popular belief, Fall Break does not always fall on the first week of Oct. and in fact, a committee polled teachers and administrative staff in their schools before settling on the final decision.
“The bottom line is, if we stuck with the first week of Oct. we would’ve, next year, had about seven weeks before the break and then 10 weeks after we got back from fall break,” she said. “By having it the 9th through the 13th, it would be approximately eight weeks and a day followed by eight weeks and four days so it would be almost dead center and very close to a nine-week period.”