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BOE moves forward with Davis Creek, Martha updates

October 4, 2018

HUNTINGTON — The Cabell County Board of Education approved steps toward significant improvements to Davis Creek and Martha elementary schools during its regular meeting Tuesday night at the district’s central office in Huntington.

For Davis Creek, the board approved a contract with C.J. Hughes Construction for the Davis Creek Elementary Wastewater Improvement Project - planned to ultimately connect the school to public sewage lines through the Pea Ridge Public Service District.

The current Davis Creek building, constructed in the early 1960s, is one of a handful of county schools that treats its own waste water on site.

The project will cost $264,430, paid for through the county’s Permanent Improvement Fund.

For Martha, the board approved ZMM Architects and Engineers as the architectural firm for a new addition at Martha Elementary School. The new construction will built onto the existing cafeteria to include a stage, which is planned to create a more multi-purpose space. No additional classrooms are planned.

The current Martha Elementary, build on the site of the former school south of Barboursville, was built following the 2007-08 school year.

No cost has been released for the project, which would be funded through the district’s bond surplus.

In personnel matters, Curtis Mann has been named principal of Milton Middle School. Mann, formerly an assistant principal at Cabell Midland High School, fills the role of Debbie Underwood, who retired earlier this year.

In other business, six school field trips were also approved:

• Cabell Midland High Schools’ Marching Knights will travel to Indianapolis Nov. 8-12

to participate in the Bands of America competition.

• Cabell Midland High Schools’ Future Farms of America will travel to Indianapolis Oct. 23 to 27 to participate in the National FFA convention.

• Huntington Middle School’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams traveled to Boyd County High School in Ashland on Sept. 22 to participate in a meet.

• Huntington East Middle School’s Western Virginia Military Academy and Lizzie Cabell Finishing School will travel to Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in Huntersville, West Virginia, on Oct. 4-7 to participate in Civil War Days activities.

• Milton Middle Schools’ eighth-grade students will travel to Washington, D.C., on May 5-9 as an educational opportunity.

• Davis Creek Elementary Schools’ third-grade students will travel to Ashland on Nov. 9 to tour the replica Nina and Pinta ships docked at the riverfront. All trips are financed through school funds.

The Cabell County Board of Education next meets Oct. 16 at 5:30, as it does each first and third Tuesday at 2850 5th Ave. in Huntington. Meetings are always open to the public.

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