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Barren County School Board unveils new high school media center

Barren County Schools had a ribbon cutting for the new Barren County High School media center before Thursday night’s board meeting. From left are: Tommy Gumm, Alliance Corporation; Randy Simmons and Shelly Groce, board members; Charlotte Beals, board vice chairman; Robbie Toms, board chairman; Bo Matthews, superintendent; Kerry Dilley, board member; Jim Ivy, RBS Designs; and Woody Gardner, board attorney.

Barren County Schools had a ribbon cutting for the new Barren County High School media center before Thursday night’s board meeting. From left are: Tommy Gumm, Alliance Corporation; Randy Simmons and Shelly Groce, board members; Charlotte Beals, board vice chairman; Robbie Toms, board chairman; Bo Matthews, superintendent; Kerry Dilley, board member; Jim Ivy, RBS Designs; and Woody Gardner, board attorney.

GLASGOW – The Barren County Board of Education presented the new Barren County High School media center before the school board meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Bo Matthews began by stating that this has been a project in the works for awhile, and it has been on the district’s facility plan for some time.

“Students left the building in May and workers were on-site the next day to begin construction,” he said.

 

He commended the lead architect, Jim Ivy, of RBS Designs, and Alliance Corporation Project Manager Joe Rush, for their abilities to make the project an “orchestrated event.”

“As soon as one group of subcontractors was finished with their portion of the project, the next group was in place and ready to start,” Matthews said.

They all had a hand in turning a “vintage 1970s library into a state-of-the-art media center,” Matthews said.

 

Scott Harper, director of instruction for Barren County Schools, said that the district replaced 50 8-year-old computers that were in the old library with 82 brand new computers.

And while they have a new carousel of touch-screen monitors for the digital collection of books in the library, Matthews pointed to a side wall where the old card catalogue sat.

He said they debated putting it in a museum, but decided it should just stay in the library where it has always been.

 

Steve Riley, BCHS principal, said the board of education made a part of the high school “that was the biggest eyesore into the most beautiful part of the building.”

 

“This is a great facility, and not only is it a beautiful facility, but this facility is used,” Riley said.

 

He said the activity in the library has increased as well.

 

“If we had a turnstile in here, the amount of activity in here would show record numbers, and we are only in the fourth week of school,” he said.

 

The board then cut the ribbon, making the ceremony official, and invited those in attendance for refreshments afterward.

 

In other board news, Cynthia York, director of special programs, announced that preschool enrollment is up from this time last year.

 

Last year, there were 275 students enrolled in preschool and this year there are 292, she said.

 

Athletics Director Bob Blair talked about the upgrades to all of the facilities in the district: new lights and a new scoreboard at the football field, work completed on the cross-country track and the BCHS gym roof and floor are being repaired.

• fundraisers for the 2014-15 school year,

• the working budget for the 2014-15 school year, and

• the working strategic plan amendment process.

The board went into closed session to discuss possible land acquisition, and returned with no action taken before adjourning.

 

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