Facilities in the Mason County School District will receive some upgrades soon.
Every building in the district will have an updated annunciation system, according to Mason County Schools Superintendent Rick Ross.
“The system will allow us to include zoned emergency identification,” he said. “We’ll be able to put up announcements and inform classrooms of emergency situations. Teachers will be able to answer back and tell us their class is OK.”
According to the list of plans, in addition to the updated system, Straub Elementary School will receive new doors and hardware, new interior finishing, site paving, an HVAC system and a new roof. The project is expected to total around $4 million.
Mason County Intermediate School will receive new site paving totaling $105,000.
Mason County Middle School will have new doors and hardware installed, new interior finishing, and new site paving totaling $605,000.
Mason County High School and STEAM Academy buildings will receive new doors and hardware, new interior finishes, site paving, auditorium route that is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, upgraded electrical and lighting system and boiler replacement for a total of $1 million.
The athletic building at the football field will also receive a new roof at a cost of $50,000.
The BG-1s for the projects will be sent to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval, according to Ross.
The funding for the renovation projects will come from money raised through the passing of a nickel tax.
The nickel tax was originally passed by the Mason County School board at a December meeting.
During that meeting, Ross explained the need for the nickel tax and asked for input from the community.
Ross said the money from the 5.6 cents can only be used for buildings.
“It’s restricted,” he said. “The (Kentucky Department of Education) watches every cent of that money closely. It can’t be used for anything other than the buildings. It can’t be mismanaged.”
During a previous meeting, Ross said that money would be used for new HVAC systems in the buildings, roof repairs, floor repairs, new lighting, safety upgrades and other repairs to existing buildings.
“School safety is quickly rising to the top of our priority list,” Ross said. “We have plans to make our schools safer, and we can make some of it happen, but without this money, there is a lot we still can’t do.”
During the meeting, MCHS Principal Seth Faulkner briefly discussed the ACT scores that will be released at a later date.
According to Faulkner, the ACT scores are expected to be higher this year.
“We’re optimistic that we’ll see some growth from spring 2017 to spring 2018,” he said. “They’re looking positive. Everything is still preliminary, so we won’t want to give out the numbers just yet.”
Other items discussed at the meeting included:
— Approving the KSBA membership, Buffalo Trace Health Department contract, Chromebook lease and the KSBA policy and procedure update.