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INDEPENDENCE — Beginning this fall, students at Grayson County High School will have a new cosmetology lab — if plans go as expected.
During Grayson’s school board meeting June 9, Maintenance Supervisor Roy Anders said a location had been selected for the cosmetology lab.
“We took some road trips to Wythe and Carroll and are ready to go as soon as we get a layout,” said Anders.
The new lab will be located in one of the mobile units on the high school’s campus and is expected to have 10 stations that will accommodate 20 students.
Board Member Gary Burris questioned why the lab could not be placed inside the Career and Technical Education Center at the high school, since long-term plans are to remove all the mobile units from campus.
Director of Personnel Chad Newman said, “as of right now, the mobile unit would be the best place. That’s the space we have to work with.”
Anders also notified the board that the requested A-frame roof to replace the aging roof on the middle school gym would not be an option.
“I talked to three different contractors,” he said. “All said it would be too expensive and too much work.”
After talking to Grayson Building Inspector James Moss, Anders said the contractors would also have to build platforms around the air conditioning units — which currently sit flat on the roof — adding additional cost.
“[Moss] said the way to go would be a Goodyear roof made of rubber,” said Anders.
Grayson Schools Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas added that the school building was not constructed for an A-frame roof, thus the extra costs to convert it.
Anders noted the rubber roof would come with a 15-year warranty on both the material and the labor.
Board Chairwoman Wynn Combs questioned if all the vents and air conditioning units were working correctly or if they would have to be replaced. She also wondered whether the current amount approved in next year’s budget would cover the cost of a rubber roof.
Anders said the vents are all in good working order and the amount appropriated for the A-frame roof would cover the rubber one.
“We should have adequate funds in the 2008-09 budget to cover it,” said Thomas. “And that money has already been approved.”
Anders expected to send out bid proposals shortly for the project.
The school system also hopes to place air conditioning units in the cafeteria at Independence Elementary School this summer.
Anders said during the later part of the school year, it wasn’t uncommon for temperatures to reach 101 degrees in the cafeteria. “That area was not designed for cooking,” he said. “It was designed to be a place where food could be brought in and served.”
Anders said three contractors have looked at the building and only one gave him a price.
Thomas said it was something the school system needed to look into because of the “tremendous heat issues.”
Anders expects to bring an estimated cost to the board in the near future.
In other business the board:
• proposed changing its policy to mandate that all trips involving international travel receive prior approval from the board. The board will vote on the change at its July meeting.
• appointed Shannon Holdaway as the delegate to represent Grayson County at the Virginia School Boards Association Delegate Assembly and Regional Meeting of the VSBA Annual Conference in Williamsburg. Misty Cassell was selected as the alternate.
• approved not deducting a day of sick leave from existing members of the sick leave bank for the 2008-09 school year. Newman said as of May 27 the program had 460.5 days, which did not include any days that may be added for the 2008-09 school year from new employees who are eligible and join.
• approved the purchase of several new books for dual enrollment classes through Wytheville Community College. Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett said 20 students began the school’s associate degree program this summer and another 14 will begin in the fall.
• The school board will meet on June 25 at 5 p.m. to close-out this year’s budget. The next regular meeting will be held July 14 at 6:30 p.m.