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Curious

Belcher, KY

#1 Mar 28, 2010
From: http://www.tmwolf.com/2010%20Past%20News/03/2...
MARCH 22 - Martin County School Board to spend $80,000 a year taxpayer money to “rent” plush office space
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NOTE: The Wolf recognizes this story is a little long but The Wolf believes the people should have the opportunity to know what the county's school board and the county's economic development board is planning to do with taxpayers money the opportunity to know what the county's school board and the county's economic development board is planning to do with taxpayers money.
ECO. DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR CHRISTI BROWN & SCHOOL SUPER. MARK BLACKBURN WERE GIVEN COPIES OF THIS STORY MONDAY MARCH 15, AND GIVEN THE CHANCE TO RESPOND. NEITHER GAVE A RESPONSE
The Martin County Board of Education had a Facilities Plan as late as 2008 in which the school board had planned to build a new Central Office facility at a cost of $1,945,946 for 10,000 square feet.
In 2009 negotiations began to get the school board to rent space in the new building built by the Martin County Economic Development Board.
At the first part of October 2009 Superintendent Mark Blackburn sent a lease to the State Department of Education for approval. It was rejected. It did not meet the requirements of the state statutes and the Kentucky Constitution,(see item # 1 below)
On October 22 Superintendent Mark Blackburn sent another "revised" lease to the State Department of Education for approval.
It was rejected for the same reason. Superintendent Blackburn asked the DOE for an exemption in following the law.(see item # 2
below)
On October 28, 2009, the DOE again notified Mr. Blackburn of 4 specific things which had to be changed in the lease to make it work,(see item # 3 below) 1. Term - The lease could only be for 1 year at a time; 2. Alterations -The school district could not pay for the changes, ie walls, ceilings, carpet, which the MCEDB says will cost between $850,000 to a million dollars. 3. Maintenance and repair - boards may not pay for changes to property they don't own. 4. Indemnification - the school district can't indemnify the building owners,(see item # 3 below)
On November 6, 2009 MCED director Christi Brown invited the DOE to come to Inez to meet with her and Jim Booth, Chairman of the
MCED board and "discuss the lease and work to resolve any outstanding issues",(see item # 4 below)
On November 18, 2009, Rebecca S Gohmann, an attorney in Lexington who works for Matrix Energy, LLC and Affiliates sent a e-mail to the DOE stating she had been asked to try to resolve the
outstanding issues related to the lease (see item # 5 below)
Ms. Gohmann also sent a revised lease agreement which said that
if the MCBOE canceled the lease early it would have to pay an
; "early termination fee" (see item # 6 below)
On November 20, 2009 the state DOE advised Ms Gohmann that the lease would have to come from the school board attorney.(See
item # 7 below) s
On November 23, 2009 Superintendent Blackburn sent another revised lease agreement.(See item # 8 below)
On November 30, 2009 the state DOE replied to Superintendent
Blackburn telling him that the previously noted issues still exist
and further noted that if those adjustments could not be made the
lease could not be approved (See item # 9 below)
On December 4, 2009, Inez attorney John R. Triplett asked the state DOE to "make your comments definite and final...." (See item #
10 below)
Curious

Belcher, KY

#2 Mar 28, 2010
On January 13, 2009, Ms. Gohmann sent another draft of the lease at the request of Craig Preece, who is running for school board
member.(See item # 11 below)
On January 14, 2009 folks from the state DOE came to Inez and view the building,(see item #12 below)
On January 18, 2010 Craig Preece sent another e-mail to the state
DOE (see item # 13 below)
On January 27, 2010 Craig Preece sent another e-mail to the state DOE discussing the "term" of the lease. The state had already said the term could not be over a year. Mr. Preece stated "There are always exceptions ... ". He further stated that the MCEDB was "investing" nearly $800,000 "to build out their space". He further stated that the MCBOE was going to be in the building for many years and that they had been in the current building since the late 1940's. Actually, they have been in the current building since the early 1980's.(See item # 14 below)
The Economic Development Board has asked the Governors Office for Local Development for permission to spend a million dollars to build the walls ect with the severance tax money. Permission has not yet been granted.
January 28, 2010 the state DOE responds to Mr. Preece saying they
could not approve any lease by a school district that does not comport with Kentucky law. The state further said that "any lessee
in the market for office space is going to expect finished office space particularly at the price of over $10.00 a square foot." (See
item #15 below)
It took 3 months for the local school board and the Martin Co Eco
Dev Bd to draft a lease the state would accept. It says the lease is
for an initial term of 10 years but the school board has a right to
cancel at the end of the lease year by giving notice it will not
renew. This makes it a one year lease to the school district but a
10 year obligation to the Economic Development Board.
The lease, in item number 20 on page 10 states that the Board of Education and the Martin Co Economic Development Board would
not record this lease. If this lease would have been recorded it
would have been recorded in the County Clerks office and open to
the public to read. As is shown in the lease both parties agreed to
file only a memorandum which would not have shown many
particulars.( scroll down to the bottom so see the lease )
The lease also charges the board of education $10.50 a square foot
a year for in excess of $80,000 a year for rent. The county charges
the folks at the "after hours clinic" $9.00 a square foot.
On February 4, 2010 the state DOE sent a letter to Mr. Blackburn
stating that the lease had been approved but went on to say that if
the rent money had been pledged toward debt service of a new
facility, the school district would have ownership and greater
control of the offices and have an asset to the district.(See item #
16 below)
Comment from The Wolf:
Less than 2 years ago the students at Sheldon Clark did not have books and the boards office said the board did not have the money
to buy the books.
The Martin County Extension Service is building a huge building on Holy Street in Inez. It's across from the Senior Citizens building. It's about 5,200 square feet and is costing about $800,000. The school board is planning to pay out that much rent in 10 years and still won't own anything.
The Wolf agrees that the school district needs a new office building and the Economic Development board wants to spend another $800 or so thousand dollars to accommodate the school district so why not just give the school district million to build an office building. The Wolf has been of the opinion that the big new building was built to be used by businesses who would make jobs for Martin County folks. So far, it looks like $7 million dollars is being spent and not one job has been created and it doesn't look like there is going to be.
Curious

Belcher, KY

#3 Mar 28, 2010
NOTE: The Wolf recognizes this story is a little long but The Wolf believes the people should have the opportunity to know what the county's school board and the county's economic development board is planning to do with taxpayers money the opportunity to know what the county's school board and the county's economic development board is planning to do with taxpayers money.

ECO. DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR CHRISTI BROWN & SCHOOL SUPER. MARK BLACKBURN WERE GIVEN COPIES OF THIS STORY MONDAY MARCH 15, AND GIVEN THE CHANCE TO RESPOND. NEITHER GAVE A RESPONSE
The Martin County Board of Education had a Facilities Plan as late as 2008 in which the school board had planned to build a new Central Office facility at a cost of $1,945,946 for 10,000 square feet.
In 2009 negotiations began to get the school board to rent space in the new building built by the Martin County Economic Development Board.
At the first part of October 2009 Superintendent Mark Blackburn sent a lease to the State Department of Education for approval. It was rejected. It did not meet the requirements of the state statutes and the Kentucky Constitution,(see item # 1 below)
On October 22 Superintendent Mark Blackburn sent another "revised" lease to the State Department of Education for approval.
It was rejected for the same reason. Superintendent Blackburn asked the DOE for an exemption in following the law.(see item # 2
below)
On October 28, 2009, the DOE again notified Mr. Blackburn of 4 specific things which had to be changed in the lease to make it work,(see item # 3 below) 1. Term - The lease could only be for 1 year at a time; 2. Alterations -The school district could not pay for the changes, ie walls, ceilings, carpet, which the MCEDB says will cost between $850,000 to a million dollars. 3. Maintenance and repair - boards may not pay for changes to property they don't own. 4. Indemnification - the school district can't indemnify the building owners,(see item # 3 below)
On November 6, 2009 MCED director Christi Brown invited the DOE to come to Inez to meet with her and Jim Booth, Chairman of the
MCED board and "discuss the lease and work to resolve any outstanding issues",(see item # 4 below)
On November 18, 2009, Rebecca S Gohmann, an attorney in Lexington who works for Matrix Energy, LLC and Affiliates sent a e-mail to the DOE stating she had been asked to try to resolve the
outstanding issues related to the lease (see item # 5 below)
Ms. Gohmann also sent a revised lease agreement which said that
if the MCBOE canceled the lease early it would have to pay an
; "early termination fee" (see item # 6 below)
On November 20, 2009 the state DOE advised Ms Gohmann that the lease would have to come from the school board attorney.(See
item # 7 below) s
On November 23, 2009 Superintendent Blackburn sent another revised lease agreement.(See item # 8 below)
On November 30, 2009 the state DOE replied to Superintendent
Blackburn telling him that the previously noted issues still exist
and further noted that if those adjustments could not be made the
lease could not be approved (See item # 9 below)
On December 4, 2009, Inez attorney John R. Triplett asked the state DOE to "make your comments definite and final...." (See item #
10 below)
just a guy

Winchester, KY

#4 Mar 29, 2010
http://www.tmwolf.com/2010%20News%20Stories/0...

he just has the address wrong here's the correct address
Black Gold

Logan, WV

#5 Apr 22, 2013
just a guy wrote:
http://www.tmwolf.com/2010%20N ews%20Stories/03/misc/03%2022% 20BOE%20Story/00000%20BOE%20OF FICES%20STORY.html
he just has the address wrong here's the correct address
Reply:'Severance' money used to build a building, when rent money goes to private individuals???? Something is not right when all these places are being built in Martin County by severance and this high rent on all are not helping the community. The school board should be separate from money schemes like this. This hurts our children. Same bunch will profit from the new courthouse too.

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