Marshall County Schools Board of Education Chairman Randy Travis appointed himself to the superintendent screening committee last week. The move is another step towards the district finding a new superintendent to take up the mantle after current superintendent Trent Lovett retires on June 30.

The first joint meeting between the Superintendent Screening Committee and the Marshall County Board of Education has been moved to 4 p.m. on May 11.

Lovett announced his retirement back in March after 13 years serving as the district’s superintendent. He was also formerly a teacher and administrator.

Also at the meeting, Facilities and Transportation Director Jeff Stokes reported to the board on the current state of the district’s facilities, following the completion of the District Facilities Report, also known as a District Facilities Plan, in December 2020.

Every four years, a committee of community members is assembled which, over the course of several months, assesses the needs of the district’s structures and details them in the report. It then goes through an equally lengthy approval process, where it’s continually revised and sent to the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for advice. Eventually, it will go before the Marshall County School Board of Education for final approval.

The report will detail a list of each facility’s structural needs within the district and ranks them in terms of immediacy. The estimated cost would also be listed. The board can then use the report over the next four years as a guide for deciding what should take priority.

Stokes said the district’s total facility needs have been estimated at $16,222,500, but was quick to point out that not everything needs to be done within the four-year cycle and, depending on severity, could be put on hold for several years. He noted a stipulation by KDE that if a facility has less than 300 students and it’s total estimated need exceeds a certain amount, it would not be approved for renovations. In that case, the board would have to make some tough decisions.

While a few of Marshall’s schools do not meet that threshold, he said all the district’s facilities are “in really, really good shape.”

The board also unanimously voted on a plethora of action items last week, including:

  • Approved the treasurer’s report.
  • Approved revisions to the 2020-21 Salary Schedule.
  • Approve a capital funds request.
  • Approve insurance for FY2021-22 Insurance from Liberty Mutual (Commercial Package, Auto, Umbrella).
  • Approved FY2021-22 worker’s compensation insurance.
  • Approve FY2021-22 student accident insurance.
  • Approved permission to bid out for instructional-office supplies.
  • Approved permission to bid out for athletic training services.
  • Approved the results of the negotiations between the MCEA and the board of education.
  • Approved the District Allocation Plan for 2021-22.
  • Approved an Application of Waiver of Kentucky Administrative Regulation.
  • Approved the utilization of two or three buses, as well as one luggage vehicle to transport students to and from Camp Currie for the week of July 5-9, 2021.
  • Approved the purchase of a 2022 utility truck for maintenance purposes in the amount of $42,785. Stokes said it won’t be delivered until next year.
  • Approved the final payment to Morsey Constructors, LLC in the amount of $11,403.16 for the Marshall County High School Hitting Facility.
  • Approved the final payment to CMS Architects in the amount of $500 for the Marshall County High School Hitting Facility.
  • Approved the final payment to Pinnacle Inc., in the Amount of $44,624.47 for the Marshall County Schools Vestibule Project.
  • Approved the final pay application to CMS Architects in the amount of $4,462 for the Marshall County Schools Vestibule Project.
  • Approved the second invoice to CMS Architects in the amount of $12,832 for the high school FMD Room Renovation.
  • Approved the second invoice to CMS Architects in the Amount of $33,250 for the Tech Center Renovation Project.
  • Approved the second invoice to CMS Architects in the Amount of $17,655 for the District Roofing Projects.

The board also voted to move the next board meeting to May 25.