Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Grayson County School Board met at the Caneyville Purple Flash Center on Thursday night.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Grayson County School Board met at the Caneyville Purple Flash Center on Thursday night.

In a joint effort with the Kentucky Center for School Safety and other school districts statewide, Grayson County Schools is taking part in National Bullying Prevention Month by encouraging students, staff, and community members to take the pledge against bullying.

Grayson County Schools announced the anti-bullying campaign during Thursday's Grayson County Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon, and district officials say the first step to preventing bullying is by spreading awareness and encouraging others to do their part to prevent it.

Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson said taking a stand against bullying is important because district officials strive to offer a fun and safe learning environment for their students.

"We want every student to come to school and feel comfortable," said Robinson.

The state of Kentucky, per KRS 158.148, defines "bullying" as any unwanted verbal, physical, or social behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated or has the potential to be repeated and occurs on school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event; or disrupts the education process.

To sign the pledge to stand against bullying, visit kycss.org/sswpledge/. At press time, 62 Grayson Countians (consisting of 13 community members, 19 educators, and 30 students) had taken the pledge. To follow the progress of pledges, visit kycss.org/sswpledge/results.php.

For more information about bullying and how to prevent it, visit kycss.org/bullying.php.

In other school district news, the Grayson County School Board held its regular October meeting Thursday night at the Caneyville Purple Flash Center.

During the meeting, the School Board:

*Appointed Clarkson Elementary School Principal Shannon Cates, Grayson County School District Office Administrator Silas Prunty, School Board Chair Carolyn Thomason, parent Jessica Green, parent Jenna Strasburger, elementary school teacher Sloan Young, high school teacher Nancy Mudd, classified employees Victoria White and Brenda Oller, Grayson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director April Spalding, and Grayson County Tourism Executive Director Anya Turpin to serve on the District Calendar Committee to develop the 2019-2020 school calendar, per Robinson's recommendation.

*Approved a memorandum of agreement with Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation to assist the Leitchfield nursing home with transportation, manpower, and services needed to care for its residents in the event of a national disaster or severe emergency.

*Approved paying $137,700 to American Roofing & Metal Company for the H.W. Wilkey Elementary School re-roofing project; as well as $58,929.78 to Mark's Restoration and Improvements and $9,099.13 to ABC Supply Company, Inc. for the Oran P. Lawler Elementary School re-roofing project.

*Approved an alternative strategy for the Lawler re-roofing project, per architect Joey Clark's recommendation, that would include the installation of a second roof system above the gym, allowing crews to work on the re-roofing project while still permitting the school to use the gym during construction.

This new strategy will add $18,338.51 to the overall cost of the project.