Greenup board

Greenup County Superintendent Sherry Horsley

LLOYD Two supervisory positions will take the place of one in the Greenup County School District, where the board of education is splitting maintenance and transportation into separate departments.

The change means the district will have to hire a maintenance supervisor to oversee that department.

It will add an additional salary to the district’s budget, but officials say recent retirements have created room for the new hire.

The split comes because supervising employees and operations in both transportation and maintenance are too much for one person, according to Superintendent Sherry Horsley.

The district employs 42 drivers, 19 bus monitors, two mechanics, five maintenance staffers and 23 custodians, district spokeswoman Scarlet Shoemaker said.

Current transportation and maintenance supervisor Jack McCleese receives a salary in the mid-$70,000 range. He will continue to oversee the transportation department.

Salary for the maintenance supervisor would be approximately $51,000, based on a new hire with no experience.

The district is able to square the expense with recent budget-tightening because of multiple staff cuts in recent years, including several central office retirements that left positions unfilled, Horsley said.

The board also is discussing replacement of bleachers at the Greenup County High School football field, where current seating dates back to construction of the school in the 1970s.

An estimate from about a year ago put the cost at around $600,000, Horsley said.

The bleachers are sound — yearly inspection and maintenance includes replacement of wood parts — but are due for complete replacement, she said.

Money for the project would come from the district’s general fund and the current target is to get the work done in 2020, she said.

The board on Monday will set the salary for the new supervisory position.

Action on the bleachers is not on the agenda.

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Mike James is The Independent's education reporter. He has covered news in Northeast Kentucky since 1996.