The Wayne County Outlook …

Posted August 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm

The Wayne County Board of Education got a glimpse of the future during its meeting on Tuesday, August 13.

Board members looked at plans for two of the upcoming building projects that are being planned on campus.

Derek Phillips, with DECO Architects, presented board members with design development drawings for the renovation at Monticello Elementary, and he also brought some preliminary schematic drawings for the Wayne District Services Building.

Board members seemed pleased with both projects at this point.

Phillips reviewed the schematic drawings at Monticello Elementary, noting that work is planned for the interior, as well as the exterior of the building.

The renovation will be concentrated on some of the older classrooms in the building.

Plans inside the building include a new HVAC, new lighting and new flooring.

There are plans to open the courtyard area of the school, which is located across from the library.

Outdoor space in the courtyard will include landscaping that will allow classes to utilize this space as well.

Phillips said that the ceilings will be removed inside classrooms to help open them up and provide more light.

Outside, plans include unifying the different additions to the building by creating one main entrance. They are also looking at improving parent pickup by creating a double pickup line.

Officials are still looking at possibly moving the playground for the school to the property on the other side of Cave Street, but nothing has been finalized in regard to that project.

The board approved the design development drawings for renovation of the elementary school.

The project is estimated to cost approximately $5 million.

Work will not begin on the renovation until after the first of the year, according to timelines that were discussed at the meeting.

The board approved schematic drawings for the Wayne District Services Building, which will be located in what is now being used as the Area Career and Technology Center.

Once the new tech center is completed and students have moved to that facility, work will begin on the old building to incorporate central office, district technology and other operations.

The board heard an update regarding the construction at the new Area Career and Technology Center. Construction officials have indicated that the completion date will be November 1 for that project.

The board approved a revised BG 1 for the track and soccer field project. Precision Construction has been awarded the contract for that project at a cost of approximately $912,000.


A report of multiple burglaries at a residence in Zollicoffer Estates last week has resulted in the arrest of a local man.

According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, Sherman Sexton, of Monticello, was arrested on Tuesday, August 13 and charged with robbery second degree, false imprisonment second degree and driving on a DUI suspended license.

The arrest came after several burglary reports were received by the sheriff’s department in the early morning on Tuesday, August 13.

Catron said that Deputy Brad Tucker responded to the first burglary in progress report at approximately 2:30 a.m.

When Tucker arrived at the residence, he found that the intruder had not made entrance into the residence and had already left the scene.

Tucker obtained information from the resident regarding the intruder’s identity, as well as what they were driving.

Tucker located a vehicle and stopped it on KY 90 to investigate.

As he was interviewing the driver of the vehicle, he received another call regarding a burglary in progress at the same residence.

Catron stated that when Tucker returned to the residence he learned that the incident involved two suspects. The suspects had left the scene prior to his arrival.

Later, a third call was received of another burglary in progress at the same residence, according to Catron.

He said that Tucker responded and the suspect had already left before he arrived. Tucker said that this call involved a different individual and vehicle. He attempted to locate the people involved.

At approximately 6 a.m., Tucker received a call of an individual at the Wayne County Hospital who stated that his car had been taken by force.

While he was responding to the hospital, Tucker observed the vehicle on North Main Street.

This vehicle and driver were the same as the one identified during the original burglary call at Zollicoffer Estates, according to Catron.

Sexton was taken into custody and lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing and Tucker anticipates more criminal charges and arrests in the future.