Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday and:

• Approved the resignations of Lincoln Trail Elementary custodian Carol Schaefer and Heritage Hills High School cafeteria assistant Brenda Johnson.

• Approved the appointments of Lincoln Trail custodian Rhonda Treat, Nancy Hanks Elementary custodian Timothy Alvey and preschool instructional assistant Kami Gogel. At the high school, approved the appointments of Jamie Rhoton and Ashley Allen as cafeteria assistants; Marvin Vaughn, Tiffany Mushinski and Greg Taylor as custodians; and Ray Kaetzel as head girls tennis coach.

• Heard that work on the Heritage Hills west side addition is 70 percent complete. The project will add a total of 17,365 square feet to the building’s main and lower levels on its west wing and will include a new commons area, concession stand and choir room on the school’s main level, as well as renovations and an addition adjacent to the school’s main gym that will bring the wrestling facility down from the upper level.

• Awarded bids totaling about $2 million for work on the football stadium renovation project. Contractors include Seufert Construction of Ferdinand, the Dant Clayton Corporation of Louisville, Weyer Electric of Ferdinand and Jasper Lumber Company.

• Heard from Superintendent Dan Scherry that the corporation has issue with how its 2018 capital projects fund rate was calculated. Scherry said he appealed the figure, but it was rejected by the Department of Local Government Finance. He said the corporation’s next step is going through legislative channels “to see what can be done with the DLGF’s interpretation of how the assessed value counts regarding when a TIF (tax increment financing district) is dissolved.” The corporation’s total 2018 general budget is currently $13,586,197.

• Also approved the construction of a metal athletic training facility on the Heritage Hills campus for about $550,000. The facility will not have an HVAC system, but will be fully insulated and feature radiant floor heating.

• Approved summer courses: English 10, physical education, advanced physical education, marching band, summer agriculture experience and elementary reading.

• Approved Weyer Electric to repair the light wiring and conduit that powers the LED streetlights on the backside of David Turnham Education Center for about $20,000. Nearby resident Keith Kroll attended the meeting and said he felt the lights not being on is a security risk.

• Approved the repair and replacement of the HVAC units at the high school. Gudorf Supply Company of Jasper will complete the work at a cost of $119,50.

• Approved field trips including the high school National FFA Organization to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, high school engineering students to a balsa wood bridge building competition at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, and elementary students to a University of Southern Indiana dental clinic.

• Approved facilities use requests including After Prom using the high school kitchen and cafeteria for a pizza fundraiser; After Prom in the high school gym, cafeteria and auditorium; and the 4-H STEM Spark Club in the David Turnham cafeteria for club meetings.

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