From the Salyersville Independent:
Salyersville Grade School
Structural engineers, architects and insurance companies have finally agreed to remodel Salyersville Grade School where it stands, using the same plans under the codes of the replacement insurance. All that is damaged will be torn down and rebuilt. Roughly, 30 percent of the building was completely destroyed.
Holbrook looks for construction to begin by January, which will take a little over a year to complete (roughly, 18 months).
The estimates from engineers indicate the remodel will cost $6 - 8 million, with money collected completely from insurance. Comparatively, to build a new grade school it would cost over $14 million.
Herald Whitaker Middle School
Unlike the grade school, 70 percent of Herald Whitaker Middle School was damaged. The school board wants to tear down the building, but insurance companies have not agreed, yet, that it was a total loss. Holbrook assures that this building will not be rebuilt because, on top of the large cost in repairing a 70 percent damaged structure, the building today would not meet all safety regulations and codes and it would be nearly impossible to completely replace the building using the same plans.
While they are still in negotiations, the board lawyer is in constant contact with the insurance companies for a reasonable plan.
The Board is currently looking at the possibility of purchasing a piece of property on the Parkway. If purchased, a new high school would be built, as well as a new football field and athletic complex. Baseball and softball fields would be situated where the middle school stands now, as well as the current football field would remain for middle school use.
If a new high school can be built, the middle school would remain in the current high school building. Potentially, the vocational building could be moved into the new high school, though the plans are unclear at this time and completely depend on the funding available.
Holbrook is working with state legislators and FEMA to find funding for the project. Since construction money can only be used for specific facilities and land improvement projects, none of the funding will be available for salaries.
"All the building that is going to be done will be done with money that is not allowed to be used for employees," Holbrook said. "Salaries come from Fund 1 and this not Fund 1 money. My goal is to end the year in the black and return some, if not all, of the funding to the employees."
Holbrook has been working on doing away with positions, such as when someone is promoted, his/her old position goes away, leaving room in the budget potentially more employees. While nine non-tenured staff were cut in May to balance the budget, Holbrook has already worked in some of those let go and hopes to return the rest of the classified staff before the end of the year.