Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 23, 2013

Boyd Central moving into former high school

Mike James
The Independent

CANNONSBURG — The former Boyd County High School is getting another occupant next month: Boyd County Central School will move there from its current location in Paul Coffey Industrial Park.

The move will open new and better educational opportunities for students in the school and save the district thousands of dollars in rent, district officials said.

Students enrolled in the central school include those with persistent discipline issues and also those who are struggling academically, said Principal Dara’Su Knipp.  

The new location will put students closer to the new high school and the Career and Technical Education Center, where they will have the opportunity for more electives and vocational courses, she said.

The school will be in one of the newer wings, one that was built in 1985. Larger classrooms and access to gym and library facilities are among the advantages, Superintendent Howard K. Osborne said.

“Also it is closer to the new high school and we are planning some cooperative things to integrate the kids,” he said.

The central school has 42 students.

It has been in the industrial park for 13 years, in an office section of what used to be the Ashland Electric building, Knipp said. The new location also has better access to technology and computer labs, she said.

Few upgrades are necessary before the move Feb. 1, said district maintenance director Tim Black. He is replacing some locks and door hardware to improve security, checking for broken floor and ceiling tiles and cleaning furniture. “It was servicing kids when we moved out so there’s not a whole lot to do,” he said.

The district no longer will have to pay $2,500 per month in rent on the industrial park building, and there is no equivalent expense at the old high school.

Also housed there are administrative offices for district special education services, and a technology training lab is being set up, Black said.

About 25 percent to 30 percent of the old high school is being used, and the district is looking at other options as well, Black said.

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