Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

December 9, 2012

New BCHS to be dedicated

Students begin classes in state-of-the-art school in January

CANNONSBURG — A tremor of anticipation colors Rhonda Salisbury’s voice as she describes the new Boyd County High School.

Adjectives like “amazing,” “fantastic” and “wonderful” pepper her account.

Salisbury has good reason to be excited. As Boyd County High School principal, she will be moving into the new building along with students when it opens in January.

Salisbury painted a verbal picture of the new school for benefit of anyone who might want to attend the public dedication ceremony on Thursday. The event starts with a flag dedication at 5:30 p.m. and the dedication ceremony starts at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium.

“It will take your breath away,” she said. “When you come around to the main entrance, there’s a huge circle. You walk through the lobby and you’re in the media center, which is the heart of everything.”

Embossed on cornices ringing the library are the names of Boyd County communities, what Salisbury calls “a real celebration of our community.”

From there, visitors can go one direction and see state-of-the-art kitchen facilities for the culinary program, the 450-seat auditorium with theater-style marquee “that’s out of this world,” and the band and choir rooms, or turn the other way to the gymnasium, with its upper-level walking track that will be available for public use. The gym also has two new scoreboards and is flanked by training and weight rooms.

Classrooms for other arts and humanities programs are near the auditorium and band area.

Upstairs are two main classroom wings. The school is designed on an academy concept, so one wing will be mainly devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the other to general academic courses. There also is a freshman academy. It will be located in a set of classrooms near the office complex, making it more secure for first-year students.

Keeping the entire school safe is a network of about 100 security cameras all linked to a monitoring station in the office complex.

The main entrance actually is on the side of the building facing the hills; on the opposite side facing Ky. 180 and the old high school is the commons area with its expanse of arched windows where students can gather during lunch and breaks.

Teachers worked with the architects to design the school and planned it around every academic program.

Faculty already have moved much of their gear into their new classrooms and students will be permitted to move their books and other effects to their new lockers before the holiday break.

That will give them a chance to familiarize themselves with the layout before classes begin there in January, Salisbury said.

Workers are putting finishing touches on the building and cleanup crews were expected to be working through the weekend to get the school in shape for the dedication ceremony, maintenance director Tim Black said.

The ceremony is open to the public; Kentucky Department of Education commissioner Terry Holliday will speak, as will local legislators. Tours of the building will follow.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

Text Only
Local News
  • Flatwoods mayoral debate set for Tuesday

    A public debate among the candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Flatwoods will take place next week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ashland couple indicted on grave violation charges

     A man and a woman from Ashland have been indicted for allegedly stealing brass flower vases from graves at Rose Hill Burial Park.

    April 22, 2014

  • South Shore clerk gives updates on city building bids, sewer project

    City officials may not have to wait much longer to move from their temporary offices on Main Street into a shiny, new building.

    April 22, 2014

  • Fate of stray animals in Carter County questioned

    Stray animals in Carter County may be disappearing because no one seems to know exactly where they are going.

    April 22, 2014

  • Recovery center finds home

    The mayor of Grayson said he isn’t concerned about the money a new recovery center will funnel into the city, although he is deeply appreciative of what the proposed facility may be able to offer “people who really need help” recovering from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

    April 22, 2014

  • Olive Hill man charged with shooting wife during dispute

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.
    Robert Tackett, 47, of Olive Hill, was lodged in the Carter County Detention Center on Monday, charged with attempted murder-domestic violence, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

    April 22, 2014

  • Two of three Greenup commission seats on ballot

    Two of three commission seats are up for grabs in Greenup County this fall, and both will involve primary contests to determine the ballot lineup in the November election.

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423attmurder_tackett.jpg Olive Hill man charged with attempted murder

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rotary updated on Alliance

    Ed Neely, president of the Ashland Rotary Club and chairman of the Ashland Alliance, addressed Rotarians in both capacities during the Monday meeting to give an update on the organization’s recent progress.

    April 21, 2014

  • Prater has been satisfying fans’ hunger for 40 years

    Debbie Prater has satisfied thousands of athletes’, parents’ and fans’ snacking desires for nearly 360 months.
    That’s just about 40 years of serving nachos, popcorn, chili dogs, water and soda from Lewis County’s football, basketball and baseball concession stands, and Prater is retiring after this year’s last pitch.

    April 21, 2014