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Retirees honored by district, track and turf project moves forward

The Hancock County School Board honored recent district retirees Monday evening at a meeting Hancock County High School. Prior the meeting, there was a small reception for retirees and their guests. Those recognized during the meeting were, front from left, Susan Jackson, Laura Chapman, Sally McKinney Jackson, and Larry Mattingoy; back from left, Tina Powers, Karen Basham, and Pat Vanover. Not in attendance were Lisa McCormick, Rebecca Gaynor, and Heather Clark.

By C. Josh Givens

The Hancock County School Board recognized 11 retirees from the district Monday evening during a special called meeting at Hancock County High School.

The retirees honored for their service to education not only in Hancock County, but throughout Kentucky over their careers, were: Sally McKinney Jackson, Tina Powers, Patricia Vanover, Karen Basham, Laura Chapman, Susan Jackson, Larry Mattingly, Sandra Wilson, Lisa McCormick, Rebecca Gaynor, and Heather Clark.

Not all retirees were present for the occasion, and those not in attendance will be recognized at a later date.

Superintendent Robbie Asberry said he was thankful for the hard work and dedication of the retired educators.

“I thank all of you for the hard work, dedication, love, and commitment to education and to the future of our students,” Asberry said.

In other business, the School Board:

  • Approved the BG-1 Project Application Form to refurbish the track facilities at Hancock County High School, as well as the football stadium turf.

Asberry said the system’s projected cost for both projects is $2.3 million, though bids will have to be received.

The track at the school will be completely replaced with a new rubberized asphalt track with eight running lanes. “It will be a regulation track which has been a desire for a long time,” Asberry said. A drainage system will also be installed to ensure longevity of the new surface.

The football turf project is estimated at $1.5 million, replacing the current grass surface with artificial turf. The turf will go “right where the grass currently is,” according to Asberry.

“We’ve talked with one company which is likely to bid and they are among the best in the country,” he said. “We feel really good about the product.”

Changes in state legislation will allow the district to utilize capital building funds for the projects, and Asberry said the expenditure will have no impact on the district’s progress toward building a new middle school in the future.

• Heard the financial report for the month of June. The district began the months with a balance of $6.82 million. Receipts were $2.26 million, with expenditures of $2.66 million. The ending balance for the month was $6.56 million.

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