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August 14, 2009

Construction to continue at MSHS after school begins

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Madison County Schools remain on schedule to open Aug. 24, despite the concerns of a school board member about safety and parking at Madison Southern High School in Berea, where a construction project will continue after school starts.

As architect Tony Thomas updated the school board on the project Thursday evening, board member Glyn Green of Berea said fencing around the construction area looked inadequate to keep curious, enterprising students away from danger.

Also, where students and faculty will park remains to be seen, Green said, because parking lots are occupied by equipment.

“I’m more concerned about student safety than I am about starting school on Aug. 24,” he said.

Thomas said the contractor would be “tightening up” the area where equipment and materials are stored, freeing up space for parking.

New parking lots will be opened by the time school starts, but they will be graveled and not paved, the architect said.

Also, new fencing will be erected in front and to the east of the building, he said.

The bus lane will be complete in front of the school, Thomas said, and students will go on and off buses near where they have in the past.

Thomas said an inspector from the state department of education had been to site, and he would share Green’s concerns with the contractor the next day.

“My father was a contractor, and one of my jobs growing up was to clean up around construction sites at the end of every day,” Green said. “I haven’t been impressed with the way the contractor has kept this job site over the summer.”

Other business

• At 5 p.m. Tuesday, the board will convene a special meeting and conduct a public hearing before voting on a property rate for the coming year.

The meeting will take place at the superintendent’s office, 550 S. Keeneland Drive in Richmond.

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