The Richmond Register

Education

January 12, 2013

Superintendent talks about safety in schools

White Hall Elementary approved for re-roofing

RICHMOND — Madison County Schools Superintendent Tommy Floyd dedicated his monthly report at Thursday’s school board meeting to talking about safety in schools.

The district maintains frequent correspondence with Jon Akers, the director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, Floyd said. “We talk a lot. We should talk a lot — best practices are shared.”

Principals also are being trained on how to handle different scenarios while blueprints of each school will be updated on the county’s 911 emergency responders’ database, he said. Every police cruiser also will have school blueprints readily available.

Floyd spoke on his experience as a former high school principal and assistant principal: “The best way I know, as I would get out of the vehicle and walk into that school building, is that I know my kids trust me enough to talk to me about something that scares them. We don’t want anybody scared; we want everybody learning at high levels.”

Developing and promoting trust in each school building also is important for school safety, he said.

“If you are sitting somewhere near one of our schools and you see something, hear something, or think you see something, we need to know about it,” Floyd said. “School safety takes everybody.”

White Hall re-roof project

Also at the meeting, the board approved a BG-1 for a re-roofing project at White Hall Elementary Thursday.

A BG-1 is a form submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education outlining initial estimates and plans for a construction project, said Tony Thomas with Clotfelter-Samokar Architects, which will oversee the project.

The firm has been used for several of the district’s construction projects in the recent past, including construction of the Farristown Middle School and Madison Central High School athletic complex.

Thomas presented an initial estimate of $500,000 – $38,500 of which is the architect/engineer fee based on a sliding scale by the KDE. A contingency of 5 percent of the estimated construction cost will total $25,000, he said.

The cost “can always go down” as bids are received on construction, but the total cost of the project cannot be determined until “we climb on roofs and peel back ceilings.”

For example, in June, workers discovered “unforeseen” problems with Central’s roof. The board responded swiftly by approving a change order of up to an additional $175,000 for the roofing project. The original fixed bid was $200,000.

The White Hall project was on the district’s facility plan of construction needs for roof upkeep.

Several years ago, the district determined that if a new roof was not constructed at a school, then at least 35,000 square feet of a roof should be maintained to stay on schedule with upkeeps, Floyd said.

The district will utilize part of the $1 million of state funds annually available for school construction, he said. “This is the perfect use of that money because this is what that money is intended to do.”

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