Tribune-Courier General Manager
The Marshall County School Board last week voted to set the school calendar for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year. They also set the graduation date for seniors attending Marshall County High School.
The last day of school for Marshall County students will be May 30, provided no more days are missed for inclement weather. May 30 will also be the date for graduation. Teachers will have to work through June 4 before beginning summer break.
Marshall County Schools have called off classes 13 days due to snow. Ledonia Williamson, Director of Pupil Personnel, said by attending until May 30 the district will meet the 170 days and the 1,062 hours of instructional time mandated by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Classes will be dismissed on Tuesday, May 20 due to the primary election, but it will be a work day for staff. School will also be closed on Memorial Day, May 26.
The school board also voted to adopt a recommended school calendar for 2014-2015. The first day of classes in Marshall County for students will be August 7, 2014. Provided no changes are necessary in the calendar, the last day will be May 22, 2015.
In other business, the school board voted to enter into a contractual agreement with Castleberry, McGregor and Swinford (CMS) of Benton for the architectural design of the new South Marshall Middle School. Curt Swinford told the board he hoped to be ready to bid the project by November or December.
The total cost of the new school is approximately $18.75 million. CMS and Marcum Engineering of Paducah will be paid around $863 thousand for their work, an amount dictated by the Kentucky Department of Education.
The Kentucky Department of Transportation will reimburse the school district $250 thousand of the total cost of the project for road work which will be necessary at the entrance to school property on U.S. Hwy. 641.
Trent Lovett, Marshall County School Superintendent, said the target date for the opening of the new school, which will consolidate students from South Marshall and Benton middle schools, is the fall of 2016.