Paving project to help G.R. Hampton

Photo by Emily Baker Ken Donnelly with Summit Engineering addresses the Knox County School Board on their options regarding the paving project at G.R. Hampton Elementary.
Photo by Emily Baker
Ken Donnelly with Summit Engineering addresses the Knox County School Board on their options regarding the paving project at G.R. Hampton Elementary.

The Knox County School Board is preparing for next school year.

The board met for a special-called meeting Tuesday, July 5, to get several programs and projects underway.

The bulk of the agenda was assigned to a paving project for G.R. Hampton Elementary School.

With $94,000 designated to the construction project, the board negotiated with contractor Roberts Construction to receive the maximum amount of work within that budget.

The board was presented with two options for the paving project; the first option would provide 34 additional parking spaces in the front parking lot, but would also allow the installation of two canopies on the property. One canopy would be at the entrance to the kitchen and another would be located at the bus pick-up; the second option would provide a slightly larger parking lot but would eliminate the canopies.

“I’ve had several talks with principal Brian Frederick over the past month or so and he is ok with the first option so they can get the canopies,” said Facilities Coordinator Kim Merida. “What he explained to me was, he would like to have the additional spaces but if they’re having a special event or a basketball game, he said either parking lot expansion is not really going to meet that need. So, the smaller parking lot with the canopy would probably be the best option, so the kids would have that shelter when it’s raining.”

The board voted unanimously to approve the first option.

“With board approval, as soon as KDE approves this, we’ll get that contractor in there and get the bulk of this project finished prior to that August 11 date,” said Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles, “which is our first attendance day.”

The board also approved the staffing of the KinderCamp program. The program allows parents the option to send their kindergarten-aged children to school a week before regular classes begin. The program will cost the district $15,000 for staffing and supplies, however it will not affect the general budget. The money will come from state appointed funds that are specifically designated for preschool programs.