The Jefferson County School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2011 in the Media Center of Jefferson County High School.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman of the Board Potts.
The Agenda and Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.
Jefferson County Citizen Mark Havely addressed the Board regarding concern about the access point on Dumplin Valley to the new elementary school.
Havely made a formal request to move the point of access from the apex of the curve to a straighter area of the road. Havely stated that by moving the access point to the west, there would be an unobstructed view, as the current position is in one of the most dangerous curves on Dumplin Valley. He said that he lives across from the new school and was not in opposition to the facility, however felt that entering the school at that point on Dumplin Valley would be dangerous for the public, as the road is already heavily traveled.
Havely also contended that it made the access to his home unsafe and impacted the quality of life for his family. He further contended that moving the access point would ultimately save over $1 million that it will cost the county for a proposed turn lane.
Havely suggested that any additional property that might be needed for the move could be purchased at a low cost from the Blackburns. Director of Schools Edmonds said that he had met with the architect and engineers, as well as the County Road Superintendent Tipton, Sheriff McCoig, and Jefferson County Mayor
Palmieri recently and they were all in agreement on that the current access point was sufficient. One of the Civil Engineers for the project stated that this was the best option available and the turn lane would widen the road significantly at the access point. He stated that one of the problems with Dumplin Valley is that it is a narrow road with no shoulder, though the $1 million turn will add additional space that should help keep cars on the road.
Jefferson County Citizen Bob Carr requested that the new elementary school be named Mt. Horeb School. He presented a petition of former Mt Horeb students, or those associated with the Mt Horeb School, to the Board.
Mark Havely’s wife asked to address the Board regarding statements made by the Engineer. Chairman Potts allowed her to speak , however she could not address anything that has already been said. Mrs. Havely asked if additional land was available, would the Engineer consider the straight portion of the road a better access point. Potts would not allow the question to the Engineer, so Havely addressed it to the Board. Potts dismissed Mrs. Havely, though there was protest that the allotted speaking time of three minutes per citizen had not been exhausted. Mark Havely stated that the situation was a travesty and the Board had acted without any citizen input in the location or building of new schools. He said that decisions were made before any citizen in the County was aware of what was happening.
Under New Business the Board unanimously approved policy changes for policy 4.301,4.406, 5.1141, 4.205, 4.600, 6.708, 5.115, 6.200, 6.203, 6.307. They also approved improvements to the Rush Strong School ( wooden playground equipment ).
Board Member Phagan made a motion to instruct Director of School Edmonds and Jefferson County Finance Director Helton to bring before