HOWARD — All talk at the East Knox school board meeting Thursday were about the passing of the recent levy and what it means to the school district.

Dustin Buckingham, president of the school board, was nothing but grateful to the community and the people who were responsible for getting the community support to pass the levy needed for the school district.

“With Mr. Larcomb’s leadership and the board’s support, we were able to pull the community behind us and I think it’s just an outstanding achievement considering where we were five years ago,” Buckingham said at the start of the meeting. “(The community) really rallied behind you guys and the staff and the district as a whole. I appreciate everyone’s effort on that.”

Buckingham also wanted to thank Gary Schworm and the levy committee and the volunteers for their hard work in supporting the school district.

He said good things are coming to the district. Both Steve Larcomb, superintendent, and Alan Keesee, the junior/senior high school principal, have started working to figure out what the teachers, and the students, will need in the new school building set to be complete by the start of the 22-23 school year.

“Our kids are excited, our staff is excited,” Keesee said. “It’s almost an exhilarating state of exhaustion because everyone’s got questions and ideas and thoughts.”

Keesee said he’s been meeting with the teachers and talking to them about what they need in their classrooms, and some wants as well. Keesee and Larcomb have also been talking, communicating these ideas back and forth with each other to figure out what works. The school is already in the works at looking at schedules for the junior and senior high schools, what size the rooms need to be, so that they can be ahead.

“It’s going to be a fun and exciting three years,” Keesee said. “It’s going to involve a lot of change… I think the end result is going to bring the success that we need.”

Larcomb has created a tentative construction schedule, mentioning that it is subject to multiple changes as things come together. He said there are a lot of moving parts that need to come together so the school district can maximize time.

“We have a lot of active conversation going on,” Larcomb said. This includes touring other districts, talking to other districts about what works, and keeping in mind, and focusing on, the needs the district has.

“It’s going to be an exercise in patience,” Larcomb said about the course of the next three years.
He also mentioned that it’s good that they are having these discussions about what is needed and what the future will look like so they’re not playing games of “what if.” More talks are in the works with meetings beginning to be scheduled and tentative dates on the calendar.

In other council news, they approved:

•The bond resolution for the levy needed to start collecting tax revenues.

•Various personnel contracts, including contracts for Lisa Overly and Ryan Kirkman to run the new Quiz Bowl club.

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