Freeze lifted for high school basketball coach position

Photo by Emily Baker Concerned parent Nancy Gray attended the school board meeting with her son Kenneth and his fellow team member Wade Liford.
Photo by Emily Baker
Concerned parent Nancy Gray attended the school board meeting with her son Kenneth and his fellow team member Wade Liford.

Passionate parents and students demanded answers concerning the basketball coach for Barbourville High School. Verno Liford, one of the parents at the meeting, has two sons attends Barbourville High, one of which will be a Junior in the up-coming year.
He explained his feelings to the board members, “The next two years will shape the rest of my son’s life. It will determine if he gets a scholarship and where he goes to school. It feels like we’ve already wasted two years, I want to make sure the next two count.”

The board responded by voting to lift the freeze on the position so a job opening can be announced. The position will be posted online on Barbourville High School’s website and on the school board’s website for 45 days.

Other topics covered:
•Kay Dixon, Instructional Supervisor, addressed the board to get the go-ahead on the senior trip plans. Dixon explained that, with permission from the board, the senior class will be taking a cruise rather than a trip to Washington like in previous years. The board voted unanimously in favor of the cruise.
•KCEOC is lowering the amount of students they will accept into its head-start program, resulting in 5-10 less students that Barbourville will be able to take.
•In a closed session the board spoke of the possibility of selling some school property. No decision was made.