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TELL CITY - Hannah Scott was accepted into Ball State Institute for the Gifted in Mathematics at Ball State University, "which is a wonderful privilege," Kim Waninger reported at a Tell City-Troy Township School Board meeting March 10, and we also had another student, Jessie Wheatley, who is placed on the alternate list."
The assistant principal at William Tell Elementary School, Waninger was offering a report normally presented by Principal Laura Noble.
"Mrs. Noble is at Math Bowl tonight," Waninger continued. "She just called to say that we placed first in our division" by answering 19 of 28 questions correctly.
Noble explained Wednesday the Ball State program "is a summer camp where students can get some good, challenging math activities in a camp environment." Recreational activities are included each day, but the focus is on mathematical problem-solving, she explained.
The math bowl allows students to work as teams, which Noble said "is much more reflective of how they'll work in life" than individual competitions.
The win came in a regional contest, the principal said, which is as far as students at the elementary level go.
Noble said she's proud that William Tell's fourth- and fifth-graders succeed against schools that enter mainly sixth-graders into the competition.
Junior-high Principal Brad Ramsey reported fundraising and other efforts are continuing toward a student trip to Washington, D.C., which 74 of the school's 115 students plan to make. Sixteen adults will accompany them, he said, and he hopes to have White House approval by the end of this month.
"We have a lot of community support, a lot of people donating money," he added, expressing appreciation for them.
In other business, architects from the Veazey, Parrott and Shoulders architectural firm of Evansville offered the latest plan for renovation work at Tell City High School.
It was to be advertised last and next Monday, with bids due by 2 p.m. April 9, Scott Veazey said, with results to be reported at the school board's next meeting.
Project Architect Tom Cullom said some changes have been made to earlier plans. "The more Mr. (Schools Superintendent Ron) Etienne and I talked about it, the more he felt ... that his crew could take care of that," he said about some renovations planned for the eastern side of the building.
Discussions also resulted in a change to plans for a concession area, until the cafeteria is renovated, Cullom said, because they may create a bottleneck.
Work on the cafeteria will add two new entrances, he explained, to help an estimated 3,600-plus people get in and out efficiently during ball games. The second floor will undergo a complete renovation, resulting in seven classrooms with computer facilities and sprinkler systems added, Cullom said.
The work planned for this summer is to be funded through a $2 million qualified zone academy bond.
The board approved the bidding process, which is outlined in the legal advertisement.