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BES vacancy has parents stirred

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By TODD POLLOCK
Special to The Trimble Banner
The hot topic at last week’s meeting of the Trimble County Board of Education was a vacancy the retirement of Evon Horn has presented for the second grade class at Bedford Elementary. To date, the board has not named a replacement for Mrs. Horn. A couple of teachers and some concerned parents were at the meeting to discuss this with the members of the board. The concern is such that there will be too many students in a classroom unless the board agrees to hire a replacement to fill the void.
Bedford Elementary School Principal Debbie Beeles expressed that she hears the concerns and asked parents to “feel comfortable and trust us in making the right decision” for the children of the school.
Board member Kim Temple asked, “What would those numbers be if school started tomorrow?”  
Superintendent Marcia Dunaway weighed in stating that the second grade class is a bigger group coming through right now. She continued that the Site Based Decision Making team would need to look at the allocation and decide which group is smaller and could get by with two teachers in a grade level in order for the larger groups to have three teachers.
Board member Haley Turner said those allocations are based on a formula and the S.B.D.M. would need to refer to that formula.
The board members agreed with parents and teachers about the importance of keeping class sizes small. Beeles said the S.B.D.M. meetings are held the second Tuesdays of the month in the conference room at Bedford Elementary. The meetings usually begin around 3:30 p.m. and are open to the public.
After listening to legitimate concerns from parents and a teacher, the board decided to revisit this subject during the July meeting that follows the S.B.D.M. meeting.
In other news, Robert Haferman was present to give the board members an update on the athletic facilities upgrade behind the high school. He informed the board that things were going relatively well and that the goal posts for the football field will be going up next week. He added that Bermuda grass sod for the football field would be laid sometime in the next few weeks. The lights for the facility are up and after Kentucky Utilities crewmen finish their work, the lights will be turned on. Haferman summed up his report by stating that everything should be finished around August 15.
Alicia Sells from O.V.E.C. was present at the meeting to discuss a program in the works for our school district along with Henry, Carroll, Owen and Gallatin County schools. The program is a career academy. Board members from Trimble County agreed to sign a statement of commitment to the planning of such a program that will help educate the students in the area in a way that has them better prepared for careers and higher education when they finish high school.
The next school board meeting will be held on July 16 at 6 p.m. in the Trimble County Schools Administrative Building on Wentworth Ave. in Bedford. The meetings are open to the public and local residents are always encouraged to attend.