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Caneyville approves school repairs

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

February 19, 2014

The Caneyville City Commission decided to move forward with repairs on the old Caneyville School during a special-called meeting on Saturday, Feb. 15.


The City Commissioners met at and walked through the old school on Saturday afternoon to discuss the progress that has been made on the school repairs thus far and what work still needs to be done.


During the meeting, the City Commission passed a motion to place new flooring, purchased from Fleener’s Hardwoods, in the entrance of the old school; remove and replace the floor tile in the foyer; and have City Commissioner Mike Geary get price estimates for new windows for the school before the next meeting.


The City Commission also toured the old school’s gymnasium and second floor.


The City Commissioners found the gym is still in good condition, which “is a result of Mike Geary’s passion for basketball,” said City Commissioner Janice Minton. “He’s done work [on the gym] on his own over the years.”


In addition, Geary said the majority of the repairs needed for the second floor will be only “facial.”


The City Commission is also looking to tear out the drywall and plywood in the foyer wall to possibly open up the area between the foyer and the gymnasium, similarly to how the school was in its early years.


Based on its actions taken on Saturday, the City Commission will spend no money other than minor expenditures, such as the purchase of paint, for the entrance and foyer work.


The City Commission also plans to request that prison inmates work in the old school to expedite the repairs.


The City Commission hopes to have the school’s entrance and foyer repairs completed by the 2014 Alumni reunion, which is currently scheduled for April, according to Caneyville City Clerk Connie Gootie.


Anyone wishing to assist in the old school’s reparation efforts may make a donation to the Caneyville Purple Flash Fund. Make checks payable to the Caneyville Purple Flash Fund. Donations may be delivered to Caneyville City Hall at 104 South Main Street. All donations are tax-deductible, Minton said.