BLHS Project

Kevin Cheek of Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects shares construction documents for the baseball field project at Betsy Layne High School with Floyd County Board of Education members.

The cost of constructing a baseball field at Betsy Layne High School is higher than expected.

During a meeting on Monday, the Floyd County Board of Education approved revising project application documents for the project.

It was initially expected to cost about $1.6 million, the documents reports, and has now increased to more than $2 million. The project includes constructing a new ball field, with lighting, dugouts, concessions, restrooms, bleachers and other amenities at the high school. It was approved in the district’s facility plan in 2011.

The revised BG1 project application, which must be turned into the Kentucky Department of Education, shows construction will cost more than $1.7 million, and $90,000 will be placed in a construction contingency account. The rest of the total project costs included about $115,000 in architect and engineering fees, $22,500 for geotechnical investigations and, among other things, $38,700 in bonding discounts. 

The district plans to fund the project with $100,000 from its general fund about $1.9 million from a general fund bond sale, the documents states. 

Board members also approved other documents required by the KDE for the construction project, including a statement of probable cost, or BG 3, in which all costs are detailed. The total cost per student is expected to be about $5,200, the document says. 

The board of education previously gave attorney John Hunt the authority to negotiate the purchase of property near the school for this project. 

Monday, board members awarded H&C Construction a bid of $60,000 to load, haul and stockpile 16,000 cubic yards of soil for the project. That price was $10,000 less than the next highest bidder, MRM Mining, and $84,000 less than the highest bidder, Duncan Construction, which offered to do haul the material for $144,000.

Superintendent Danny Adkins reported that Appalachian Wireless agreed to donate soil that is piled near the company’s headquarters in Ivel.

“All we have to do is pay transport fees,” Adkins said. 

He asked whether the hauling can begin this week.

Kevin Cheek of Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects said he will send the board meeting minutes showing approval as well as other board-approved documents to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval and request “prior approval.” 

“Well, I noticed as I came down the road the other day that somebody’s taking some soil, so they’re giving it to somebody. We certainly don’t want to miss out on it,” Adkins said. “I think there’s quite a bit there, but we don’t want to miss out on it.” 

Cheek told him officials will “do everything we can” to speed up the delivery of the soil.

He shared schematics detailing the design of the project, explaining that the ball field will be located on the right side of the school.

“It’ll look like Floyd Central as you look back toward the rocks,” Adkins said.

Cheek said the rock cut in the hillside at BLHS will be smaller than the one at Floyd Central, but noted that it “still has that same appearance.” He said the bleachers and press box will also be similar to that of Floyd Central.

During the meeting, the board also: 

• Received a report from Adkins, who said central office staff have moved to the district’s new location at the former Allen Central High School, with the exception of financial staff, who plan to move in October.

• Approved allowing Dance Etc. to use Prestonsburg High School gym for a performance during the Jenny Wiley Festival on Oct. 9.

• Approved naming the BLHS weight room after Frankie Crum, a BLHS graduate who played basketball from 1948 to 1951 and was inducted into the BLHS Hall of Fame in 2007. Crum’s family will donate funds to the school to buy equipment and other needs for the weight room, the district reported.

• Approved hiring certified and classified staff for the implementation of the Save the Children Reading Program, which is funded through an agreement between the school district and Berea College. The personnel will serve students at Allen, Betsy Layne, Duff-Allen, Stumbo and South Floyd elementary schools. 

• Amended the contract between the district and Morehead State University for a dual credit program. 

• Approved giving Floyd County Clerk Chris Waugh access to all schools, if needed, for Election Day in November. 

• Held a closed session citing a state law that permits closed session discussions that may lead to the appointment, discipline or firing of an employee with no action taken. 

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