SNEEDVILLE - The Hancock County Board of Education agreed last week to allow the county's building trades students to construct a health clinic on the campus of the new high school.
Director of Schools Mike Antrican said the school already operates a health clinic inside the school for the students during the day, and after classes the clinic serves the community.
Allowing the students to build a new building outside will serve several purposes, he said.
"We need space for our distance learning program, the building trades students needed a project, and this way we can kill two or three birds with one stone," he said.
Antrican said the new clinic will be about 40 feet by 50 feet in size, and construction will not begin before school starts next fall. He expects the project to take up most, if not all, of the academic year. The function of the clinic will not change from what is now being offered, he said.
In a related matter, the board agreed to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and to contract with Tandberg and Associate to put the grant project together. If awarded, the grant will be worth a total of $50,000 with the board's required 15 percent match. The grant is planned for development of a distance learning project that will enable the school system to connect via satellite with other institutions such as Lincoln Memorial University and Walters State Community College and offer an expanded curriculum.
"We couldn't afford to bring in the warm bodies needed to provide these class offerings, but with the distance learning program, we will still be able to broaden our curriculum," said Antrican.
In other matters, the board accepted bids totaling $154,765 for three new buses, approved a collection policy for the school nutrition program and procurement plan, approved a budget amendment to provide $15,000 for the Hancock County Recreation Program, and approved the annual crusade for Sept. 10.