School board sets tax rates; picks Doss for seat - photo

Marshall County Transportation/Facilities Director Jeff Stokes (left) addresses school board members Thursday. Shown are board attorney Martin Johnson, Jeff Waters and Tiffany Carlson.

Marshall County’s Board of Education unanimously approved the 2020-21 tax rates at their meeting Thursday, plus selected a new member to fill the District 2 seat left vacant by Diane Barga’s resignation.

Finance Officer Jill Monroe announced the tax rates will remain the same for 2020-21 as they were for 2019-20 with real estate at 47.4 cents per $100; tangible at 47.4 cents; motor vehicle at 45.6 cents; occupational at 0.5%; and utility at 3%. A person’s taxes may fluctuate depending on property assessments.

Before adjourning the meeting, board members entered into executive session to discuss the District 2 board vacancy. That spot was left open by Barga’s resignation on Aug. 11 from the Marshall County board, as well as the state board of education. A company that Barga’s husband owns had been purchased by another company the district does business with, resulting in a conflict of interest.

After some five minutes in executive session, members returned to the regular meeting with board chairman Keith Travis announcing the selection of Darla Doss to fill that seat. Doss was the lone applicant for the vacancy.

Her term will run through Dec. 31, 2022.

Earlier in the meeting, Transportation/Facilities Director Jeff Stokes reported a smooth transition with bus routes and social distancing to decrease numbers by eliminating transfer routes. Buses travel from elementary schools to middle schools to the high school, Stokes said, with the exception of Jonathan Elementary. He said four sub buses were able to run transition routes there, again to lower rider numbers.

He said there are no more than two students per seat and spaced further apart when able. Students are loading back to front with middle and high school students in the back since they will be on the buses longer and work from the middle of the bus forward with elementary riders.

“It took us about a week to get use to, but it seems like it’s going well now,” he said, also crediting the work of the bus drivers.

Director of Pupil Personnel Patricia Greer reported attendance numbers for in-person students are “close to 99 across the board.” She said virtual participation with 33% of district students is also seeing improvement.

“Our teachers and principals have done an excellent job of preparing our classrooms for our students to be able to go to in-person school,” she said. “Custodians are doing a very good job every day.”

Greer also applauded the information teachers keep and are able to quickly provide for contact tracing.

“This is a year like none we’ve ever had, so I’m very proud of our staff and our administrators and teachers at all the schools,” added Superintendent Trent Lovett.

District COVID-19 information is available on the district’s website.

Members were also shown a video of the online learning students receive and how teachers and students virtually interact with assignments and feedback.

Board members also voted for 22 other recommended action items. Among these were:

• Approval of treasurer’s report with ending balance of $7,513,318.17 as of Aug. 31, 2020

• Approval of non-resident contracts from Lyon, Trigg and McCracken county and Murray Independent school districts

• Approval of BG-1 for purchase of property at 2368 US 641 North

• Approval of payments to CMS Architects ($2,090) and Pinnacle Construction ($104,526.44) for security vestibule projects

• Approval of pay to Premier Fire and Security ($5,064.65) for Marshall County High School security camera project

• Approval of pay to DK Construction ($143,276.04), CMS Architects ($5,522) and direct purchase orders ($89,220) for the MCHS door replacement project

• Approval of two change orders for the door replacement project

• Approval of pay to Home Floor Center ($4,735) and CMS Architects ($200) and close out the BG-4 for South Marshall Middle School flooring project

• Approval of pay to Travis Construction ($118,575), CMS Architects ($1,993) and a sports lighting package change order for the high school tennis court project

• Approval of pay to Murtco Utility Services LLC ($137,343.69) for MCHS campus municipal sewer improvements

• Approval of pay to DC Electric ($2,525) and Jett’s Specialty Contracting ($28,016) for Calvert City Elementary gym HVAC project

• Approval of a revised BG-1, final construction documents and set a bid date of Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. for MCHS hitting cage; and

• Approval of purchase of five new school buses.