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$2 million renovation plan moves 2 steps forward

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Student athletes to get concussion care

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY – Members of a Tell City-Troy Township Building Committee and the Tell City-Troy Township School Board adopted in separate meetings Tuesday resolutions supporting approximately $2 million worth of work at Tell City High School.

To be funded through an interest-free qualified zone academy bond, the work will achieve School Superintendent Ron Etienne's goal of moving special-education students from the basement area where they meet and begin other renovations that will be continued later in a $10 million project that will be subject to a referendum.

The resolutions indicate the work to be done and authorize the school corporation to pursue the QZAB funding.

Under a lease agreement previously adopted and extended through one of the resolutions, the building committee is considered the building's owner, and leases it back to the corporation as it repays debt.

No members of the public voiced concerns during a public hearing conducted as part of the school-board meeting. Corporation attorney John Werner said a wage-committee hearing needs to be conducted, and suggested J.R. Gaylor and Hubert Voges be named as the corporation's awarding-agency and owner-taxpayer representatives, respectively.

Gaylor represents the national Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. and is a board-of-directors member for Indiana Construction Roundtable.

In other business, Etienne notified board members maintenance director Kenny Kleeman will retire July 1 after 16 years on the job. "We'll need to schedule an executive session to discuss how to replace him," the superintendent said, explaining needs have changed since a new heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system was installed.

Etienne also reported Best Home Furnishings donated furniture from a discontinued line to the corporation, including 40 round tables that went into two junior-high science rooms "where we had a desperate need; the teacher now has room to move."

Etienne also told the board he wrote letters to elected representatives, notifying them "if there's any stimulus money available, we'll accept it. We have some shovel-ready projects."

"It would be easier if we could declare ourselves a bank," Board President Jerry Hoagland joked.

Board member Dr. Gene Ress reported he was to attend a concussions-in-athletics program, and anyone who sustains a concussion in school competition will be examined at no charge beginning next year and followed-up under coverage from Clarion Health.