Tax increase to help Yellow Creek School Center

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Now that the Bell County School Board approved the "recallable nickel" tax increase, part of the money raised will go towards expanding Yellow Creek School Center in Middlesboro.

Administrators say the project will ease overcrowding at the school. The school has modular classrooms because there is not enough room in the building for all the students.

Yellow Creek teacher Lea Fultz and her kindergarten class are in a modular classroom. To get inside the regular building for lunch, gym, or other activities, they have to walk outside.

"You don't realize it, but walking to and from the building to get to those things, we're losing instructional time with the students," said Lea Fultz.

The principal says there are more than 100 pre-school and kindergarten students in the modular units. Educators say the recently passed "recallable nickel" property tax increase will go towards building at least eight new brick and mortar classrooms.

"It would be a tremendous asset. We feel like our building is starting to limit the growth and achievement of our students because we're so overcrowded," said Principal Jerry Lawson.

Administrators say getting the students out of the modular units and into the main building will also improve safety.

"In the winter time, we have kids in the cold and the rain crossing the street. It's just not a safe thing for the kids here," Lawson said.

"Having all the students under one roof will be a big relief," said Assistant Principal Lavonis Miracle.

The superintendent says the Yellow Creek project is listed as a top priority.

Officials say other projects for the "recallable nickel" include upgrades to the high school and athletic fields.

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