Hopkins School District Settles Tech Center Lawsuit with Engineering Firm

Source: http://www.surfky.com, November 8, 2017
By: Tammy Holloway

The Hopkins County School District has reached a settlement in its lawsuit against Associated Engineers involving the old Tech Center along Grapevine Road.
Nearly six years after construction was halted on the building, the board has reached an agreement with the engineering firm hired by the district for design, geotechnical services and construction of the project, the board announced at a meeting held Monday night.
In July 2012, the board filed a lawsuit againt Associated Engineers and Travelers Property Casualty Company in an effort to recover the cost of remediation of the abandoned site due to unstable subsoil conditions.
In a statement by board attorney, Michael A. Owsley, the settlement amount was $600,000. The agreement was made because Associated Engineers has limited insurance coverage, and with the added cost of litigation the district believes it could not recover a larger amount.
It was noted the lawsuit against Travelers is still pending.
The Board approved the following out of district, overnight, or non school- sponsored events as requested by the principal of the school, subject to date rescheduling as necessary: BSMS Robotics Team to travel by school bus to Nashville, TN, November 4, for HCCHS Cross Country to travel by school vehicle to Lexington, KY, November 3-4 for HCCHS Chorus to travel by school vehicle to Murray, KY, November 5-6, for HCCHS Boys Basketball to travel by school bus to Bowling Green, KY, December 27-29, for MNHHS Cheerleaders to travel by school bus to Harvest, AL, October 28, for MNHHS Cheerleaders to travel by school bus to Lexington, KY, November 10-11,for MNHHS Chorus to travel by school vehicle to Murray, KY, November 5-6, for MNHHS Chorus to travel by school bus to Nashville, TN, December 1-2, for MNHHS Chorus to travel by school bus to and from Nashville Airport and to New York, NY, April 5-8 for MNHHS Dance Team to travel by school bus to and from Nashville Airport and to Orlando, FL, March 2-6, for PES 3rd Grade to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN, November 21, for SES 1st Grade to travel by school bus to Evansville, IN, November 17, for WHS Beta Club to travel by school bus to Lexington, KY, February 1-2 and for WHS Band to travel by school bus to Santa Claus, IN, May 12.
The board approved to pay an invoice to English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, for $4,721.00 for legal services for HCCTC Grapevine Road location.
The district also approved the following grant application submissions:
• MNHHS, Family Resource, Kentucky Out of School Alliance mini-grant, $5,000 -$10,000, to be used for literacy, health and wellness outside the school.
The board approved the following activity fundraisers:
BSMS, Old National Bank Tools for Schools Grant, $1,000 to be used for Family Resource needs, Elementary Basketball program concessions with proceeds to go to schools’ extracurricular activities, WHS, Jump Rope for Heart with proceeds to go to the American Heart Association, WHS, PTO, Santa Shop and Silent Auction with proceeds to go to PTO for school activities.
There will be no school Nov. 22-24 for Thanksgiving break.

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