Kiper leaving as Maintenance Supervisor

By Don Brown -

The Grayson County Board of Education said goodbye to its long-time Maintenance Supervisor, David Kiper, at its regularly-scheduled meeting Thursday evening.

Kiper, who has been the Maintenance Supervisor for the past 16 years and has worked in the maintenance department for 28 years, will be retiring at the end of the month. Leonard Dudgeon, who has worked under Kiper for the past 15 years, will be taking over as supervisor.

“David has a wealth of knowledge and we appreciate his commitment,” said Superintendent Doug Robinson. “We’ve been through a lot together.”

“I appreciate the opportunity you gave me,” Kiper said. “Everyone here is like family. I’ve really enjoyed it.”

In other business, the board approved the close-out documents on the GCHS Major Renovation Phase 2 Project, including a final pay application and a BG-4. With a sigh, Board President Carolyn Thomason said, “Finally!”

The board okayed the release of more than $2.1 million from restricted funds to unrestricted. The money had been set aside a number of years ago for the construction of the new central offices. Since the expenditures for the construction were ultimately bonded, they no longer need to restrict the use of the funds.

Approval of stipends for football, baseball and Academic Team coaches were approved, and emergency certification of Rebecca Meredith as a Special Education Teacher was approved.

Approval for Lawler Elementary to hold four fund-raising events was given, with the proceeds from the events going to purchase school supplies. The board also gave its approval for travel by the GCHS Volleyball Team to take part in a tournament at Apollo High School, in Owensboro, and for the DECA Club to travel to Louisville to man the Grayson County display at the State Fair.

Approval was given to apply for a Preschool Partnership – Tier 1 Implementation Grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Kentucky Dept. of Education. The grant would be used to implement full-day, high-quality, early-childhood services for at-risk children, partnering with Breck-Grayson Head Start, Little Treasures Learning Center and The Play Zone.

The board also gave its approval to apply for the Kentucky Work-Ready Skills Initiative with ECTC.

The board amended the 2016-17 Salary Schedule to include the new District Finance Officer and the new Maintenance Supervisor.

By Don Brown

Reach Don Brown at 270-259-9622, ext. 2016.

Reach Don Brown at 270-259-9622, ext. 2016.

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