Roof work to begin at TCHS

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - Work scheduled to begin this week will replace a roof on the 1928 portion of Tell City High School that has suffered "some penetrations" maintenance director Kenny Kleeman attributed to the ventilation system.

Insulated Roofing Contractors of Louisville, Ky., will replace the 13- to 14-year-old roof for $37,897, said Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne. "We'll have a good roof with a 10-year warranty."

The money was available in the corporation's capital-improvement budget, he said.

School-board member Dr. Gene Ress recalled the roof had been repaired in 1948 or '49 "after a basketball game was rained out."

Other work under way in the high-school building included replacement of sidewalks and tile floors, Etienne said. Work on air-handling systems had driven the school board from its usual meeting place in the school's auditorium into a classroom.

Bruce Chinn, assistant to the superintendent, reported a new school bus with a new body style had been delivered, saying, "it gets nine miles per gallon versus six."

At current prices, "that's a big difference," board member Larry Bryant said with a smile.

Etienne said he'd received budget information from state officials, and the tax rate for this year's budget is 1.9014 percent, less than a half-penny more than last year's 1.8968 percent. The rate will decrease considerably for 2009 because the state will begin assuming some education costs, he said.

Chinn noted that this was the 20th year of the Glen Ress Memorial Golf Scramble, played over the weekend at Hoosier Heights Country Club.

"The money raised has been a tremendous help to this corporation," Chinn said.

The tourney namesake's father, Gene Ress said the benefit events have raised more than $70,000 and "it's the only fund I know of that returns more than it gets because we invest in an interest-bearing account."

More than $50,000 has gone to the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp., Ress said, with the remainder going to other school systems in the county.

Board member Larry Bryant said he watched a television program that pointed out schools across the nation are having to cut gifted-and-talented programs. To fill the void, many are asking private companies to sponsor them.

"It's a sad day for America," he said.

The board's next regular meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. July 8 in the high-school cafeteria. A budget meeting will also be scheduled soon.