The two career centers that parents have been requesting for quite some time have seen another step toward their creations in Tuesday's Madison County Board of Education meeting.

The man behind the plan for many years has been Tony Thomas, a representative of the architecture firm Clotfelter-Samokar. Thomas, a Madison Countian himself, has been working on schools for 30 years and been the county's go-to man for construction projects, including the recent Boonesborough Elementary School.

The board members hired the long-time county architect to design the Richmond and Berea Area Technology centers. Thomas presented those schematics during Tuesday's meeting, and they were approved.

Erin Stewart, community education director for Madison County Schools, said in an email to The Register that the buildings will be very similar in their external appearance and in their interior. She also noted that the Richmond Area Technology Center will be slightly larger to accommodate a larger student population.

The Berea center will cost an estimated $13.6 million, and the Richmond center will cost an estimated $18.9 million.

The current schematics for both technology centers will include large gymnasiums, bathrooms, storm shelters, spaces for administration, building support, circulation, a CTE classroom, a health science education classroom, a marketing education classroom and a welding technology classroom.

However, the Richmond center has a space designed for automotive technology, business education technology, computer aided drafting, construction technology for both carpentry and electrical, machine tool technology and a pathway to careers classroom.

The Berea center will have space designed for diesel technology, engineering technology, industrial technology and family science education.

In other construction news, a change order for $12,985 at the Madison Kindergarten Academy was approved to replace bad soil that would affect drainage.

On Thursday, The Allen Co. continued with the improvements and creation of the parking lot and second entryway to the school, which sees about 10 buses, along with plenty of parents and guardians picking up and dropping off students each day, prompting the need for a new parking lot and driveway for the school.

Traffic piles up onto Boggs Lane and Logan and Bond streets during peak school drop-off and pick-up times. In March 2018, the school board voted unanimously to approve a purchase offer agreement for the Hines Motel on Big Hill Avenue for $250,000 after attempting to purchase the property for more than two years.

In other business:

• The board approved the purchase order for iReady, which renewed the contract with the iReady company to continue using the program for fall, winter and spring assessments across the district. That amount was $77,560.

• The board approved the purchase order to transfer school fees for Madison Central and Madison Southern, which are deposited into their school bank account when received, into the district account, as required by law.

• Foley Middle School received the Sparkling School Award for the month of September.

• Several schools were recognized by the Kentucky School Nutrition Association for their excellence in school nutrition. B. Michael Caudill Middle, Boonesborough Elementary, Farristown Middle, Kingston Elementary and Kit Carson Elementary all received KSNA's Gold Level Award of Excellence. Daniel Boone Elementary and Madison Kindergarten Academy received KSNA's Silver Level Award of Excellence. And Clark-Moores Middle, Foley Middle, Glenn Marshall Elementary, Kirksville Elementary, Madison Central High, Madison Middle, Madison Southern High, Shannon Johnson Elementary, Silver Creek Elementary, Waco Elementary and White Hall Elementary received KSNA's Bronze Level Award of Excellence.

The Madison County Chapter of KSNA was also recognized as Chapter of the Year for the state and its president, Britney Kelley, was recognized for her leadership and outstanding service.

• The board approved multiple out-of-state field trips, including several seventh- and eighth-grade trips to Illinois and Washington, D.C.

• The board approved the shortened school day applications.

• The board created a special education consultant position.

• The board approved the certified appeals panel.

• The board approved the food service procurement documents.

• The board declared a surplus of buses and approved them to be auctioned.

The next Madison County Board of Education meeting for Sept. 26 has been rescheduled for Sept. 24 due to homecoming for Madison Central and Madison Southern high schools. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Madison County Board of Education, 301 Highland Park Drive, Richmond.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks.

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