Miranda H. Lewis
Carter County Times
The Carter County Board of Education convened for a special meeting Monday night.
As the administration pushes ahead with plans for the construction of a new Carter County High School, Carter County Career and Technical Center, and amenities, the only item on the agenda was an executive session to select a construction manager for the upcoming project.
The board took the next step toward a building referendum at the special session by unanimously voting to approve Trace Creek Construction, Inc. as the Construction Manager at Risk.
“We are super excited to have you join RossTarrant,” said Lisa Ramey-Easterling as she welcomed David West, President, and Clay Ratliff, Vice President of Trace Creek Construction, Inc.
“We know you guys will do great things when – and if – we get to that process,” she continued.
Trace Creek Construction, Inc. is a Kentucky-based contractor that performs construction-related services from its office in Vanceburg.
According to their website, the construction company has over 27 years of experience and specializes in construction management, design build, and general contracting.
Trace Creek’s operating philosophy is “your job is our reputation.” They pride themselves on executing their projects based on their clients’ goals and needs through careful planning and innovative construction approaches, on time and on budget.
Trace Creek will start by working alongside architectural firm, RossTarrant, to help shape how community feedback is gathered in advance of a referendum.
“We’re excited about it, for sure,” said Ratliff. “We’re local and looking forward to it.”
The Carter County Board of Education is hosting its first public forum on May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Carter County Career and Technical Center.
Public input on the design of the proposed consolidation project is encouraged during this time as the board looks to review the Kentucky Department of Education’s Facility Construction Process and discuss a timeline for the project. During the public forum, breakout sessions will include a gallery walk with design ideas, programmatic needs, and amenities/athletic facilities.
Superintendent Dr. Paul Green has previously emphasized that feedback is pivotal as the district looks to consolidate East Carter and West Carter High School as well as build additional facilities such as a Career and Technical Center and a sports complex.
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