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TELL CITY - Tell City-Troy Township School Board members voted in a regular meeting Tuesday to approve a contract with the Veazey, Parrott and Shoulders architectural firm of Evansville to provide design services for $2 million in work to be performed at Tell City High School this summer.
The work will include renovations determined to be the highest priority from among many identified by two committees over the last year. Special-education and health-occupation students will get new classrooms near the school's swimming pool, wheelchair users will gain access to restrooms and the top and middle floors of the original 1928 portion of the building will undergo improvements.
Other needs identified by the committee will be the subject of a referendum to be scheduled later. A law enacted last year set caps on taxes that can be levied, and a referendum will ask voters if they're willing to commit to taxes beyond the caps.
The board also approved the offering of a commercial art and graphic design course and a Project Lead the Way class in civil engineering and architecture.
Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne reported students had missed five days due to weather, and make-up days were set for Feb. 16, April 13 (Easter Monday) and May 22, 26 and 27.
A teachers' records day originally set for May 22 was shifted to May 28. Commencement will still occur May 22, Etienne said, but students will be expected to return the two days following Memorial Day to conclude the school year.
In personnel matters, the board learned of the resignations of William Tell Elementary School custodian Wade McKim and Brenda Martin, a teaching assistant in the same building. They approved the employment of John Daugherty to replace McKim and Jessica Parker to fill Martin's slot. Bob Godthaab will continue to serve as curriculum director and grant writer for another year, and William Swayne and Jonathan Scheer will serve as volunteer high-school boys track coaches.