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School gets interim principal

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Ramsey moves up from No. 2 slot to fill Schenck's vacancy

TELL CITY - Brad Ramsey was named interim junior-high principal in a special meeting of the Tell City-Troy Township School Board Monday.

The 1989 Tell City High School graduate has been serving as assistant junior-high principal and athletic director since 2006, and will fill a vacancy left by Chad Schenck, whose June 30 resignation was announced earlier this month.

"It's nothing against him," Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne stressed in explaining the interim aspect of his recommendation, which will limit Ramsey to one year in the new position "because of uncertainty about the future of the junior-high building." Its continued use was debated by the school board as it discussed a $16.5 million renovation project thwarted by a remonstrance.

A renewed effort to initiate repairs was made through a committee that included a variety of community members. Results of a study they conducted were passed to Jackson-Amick Resources Inc. of Paoli, which is working to develop a master plan that will determine, for example, whether the corporation will continue to maintain two or three buildings.

Ramsey earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Indiana State University in 1994, and from Indiana University Southeast, a master-of-science degree in education in 2001 and another in administration and supervision in 2006. He started his educational career by serving as an instructional assistant in the Tell City High School Library and corporation substitute teacher for two years before being named sixth- through eighth-grade health teacher in 1996.

He will be paid $68,750, the same salary Schenck was receiving, Etienne said. The superintendent said he'll offer a recommendation for the assistant-principal position next month.

Schenck accepted a position in the Southwest Dubois County School Corp.

The special meeting had been scheduled for the board to consider bids for the renovation of two classrooms and two handicap-accessible restrooms near the high-school pool for special-education students. Etienne has expressed a desire in the past to get the students out of the basement, but the two bids received by a Friday deadline were higher than expected.

An engineer estimated the work would cost $100,000 to $130,000, "and they thought that was high," the superintendent said.

Casebolt Construction and Ettensohn and Co., both of Tell City, bid $237,434 and $184,140, respectively, for the project. Etienne recommended the board "reject the bids, ditch the project for now and come back and do it in stages."

The board couldn't have accepted the bids, he explained, because projects costing more than $150,000 have to include wage-scale determinations, which weren't done because the estimate was under that figure.

The board tabled the issue, but Etienne said after the meeting he hopes to have handicap-accessible restroom facilities added "by hook or crook."

"We'll have to revisit the whole situation," he said.

In other business, board member Tom Holm announced he had moved, but noted he still lives in Troy Township.

He was appointed by the Tell City Common Council and can serve out his term, Etienne noted. Voters in the school corporation opted in November to convert the board to an elected body.

Opponents to the change criticized the suggested plan for not identifying districts that would have guaranteed equal representation to different parts of the township.