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By Mary Alford
N-H Staff Writer
The Owen County High School Agricultural Department may be growing.
The members of the Owen County Board of Education discussed the future of 111 acres of farmland the district owns.
Owen County School District Director of Maintenance Dan Logan said some members of the high school faculty want to expand the agriculture opportunities.
“The agriculture department here wants to try to expand and develop an agricultural research farm,” Logan said.
Owen County School District Superintendent Rob Stafford said he has been asked more questions about this farmland in the last three months then he ever has.
“We need to get something going to show that we are making some movement on it,” Stafford said.
Daniel Bustle, OCHS agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America advisor, said he believes this would be a great addition to the department.
“This would allow for a very hands on approach to teaching and learning,” Bustle said. “Students would have more of an opportunity to see the practices put into use.”
The board discussed the possibility of having a contractor come in and demolish the 12 deteriorating buildings on the land to make it a student-safe environment.
The Kentucky Department of Education would have to review the contractor proposal.
The board has one estimate for the demolition through a local contractor who projected the work would cost $25,000.
The board would be working with $750,000 from the middle-school contingency fund.
According to Logan, before any action can be taken, the board needs to get in contact with the Kentucky Board of Education and explain its reasoning for using the funds in this manner
The board members also discussed further improvements to the old elementary school, the track, the bus garage and the MBMS athletic field.
None of these projects have been finalized.
In other news, board members passed the 2013-14 tentative budget proposal.
The tentative budget total is $17.8 million. And the school is required to maintain a 2-percent contingency in general funds and food services only.
The budget is expected to change based on state funding and other available revenue funds.
The final budget is due by Sept. 20.