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School board approves payments on fooltball field/track; $2,316,000 total cost

Board members voted to increase the hourly raise of Hancock County School Bus Drivers and Monitors by $1.25, at the HC Board of Education meeting on Thursday evening, September 28th.

HCHS Golf Student Recognized

Golf All A Classic State Individual Champion Tournament winner, HCHS student Declan Lewko, was recognized at the meeting. He finished the match with 4, scoring 68! Golf Coaches Jeff Shultz and Dana Newby attended as well, and were proud to help the board in this recognition. Lewko also recently received the Athlete of the Week Award from Advanced Rehabilitation, Inc.

Athletic Projects

The board approved 2 payments toward the new Hornet Track and Football Field. These installments were: $1.5M and $173K. The total amount approved for the field and track on HCMS/HCHS Campus was $2,316,000. GN Excavation & Trucking’s low bid was approved, with the addition of The Motz Group (track & turf field company) bid at $751,775. Gary Nugent of GN is the general contractor for both projects.

Gary Nugent of GN Excavation & Trucking 

The beautiful new football field was completed before the 2023 football season began. After demo of the old track was completed, the Hancock county Hornet Track construction began with a new drainage system installation, and next the stone base was added. Yager Materials was subcontracted to place the asphalt, before the application of the rubberized track by Motz, which is black with 8 full, regulation lanes and white & yellow striping. The project includes a bleacher expansion as well.

Nugent agreed to donate $40,000 a year, for 10 years, totaling $400K to assist the school with these 2 projects; the $40K donation for this year has been paid in full. GN was awarded naming rights for both. GN signage appears on the rock wall, sidelines of the field and also beside the new track.

KET Activity Report

Kentucky Educational Television, KET KY, filmed the Science of Reading in classrooms at SHES & NHES on Monday, August 14th (See article in 8-17-2023 edition of the Hancock Clarion if you missed it!). In addition, Superintendent Robbie Asberry and Assistant Superintendent Robin Poynter were interviewed by a national publication for education.

“They ran an awesome article of some of the things we’ve been doing,” Asberry said, “as far as our reading programs. She told us that this educational week had more kids and feedback than any article they’ve ever done. That shows you that there are a lot of people wanting to know more about the Science of Reading, Orton-Gillingham, dyslexia, and IMSE (Institute for Multi-Sensory Education). It shows there is a need out there and that we’re on the right path, I think. Things are going great. We have a great district and a great administration. We have great schools and we have great students. We are blessed.”

Poynter added, “Tomorrow (Friday, September 29th), we have a meeting with the co-founder of IMSE (Jeanne Jeup) who wants to support our district. We’re hoping that we walk away from that conversation with more resources and support.”

Policy Change

A policy change was approved: drug testing for athletes and bus drivers, previously administered 6 times per year, was changed to 4. Asberry explained that the change was made in order to coincide with other drug testing.

Financial Report

Hancock County High School Director of Finance Trey Anderson reported that the balance on-hand at the beginning of the month was $4,504,808.63; receipts for the month were $822,282.88; and expenditures were $760,389.65, for a balance at close of $4,518,959.34.

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