Board OKs school work

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New member objects to $2 million project

By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

TELL CITY – Members of the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. Board of Trustees adopted a resolution “of intent to reimburse expenditures” at their regular meeting Jan. 11 in support of further renovations at the high school.

Before voting, new member Sherri Flynn asked corporation attorney John Werner to rephrase the purpose of the resolution.

“It means the corporation will repay itself,” Werner responded. The work is to be funded through the issuance of up to $2 million in qualified zone academy bonds, which the Tell City-Troy Township School Building Corp. had approved earlier the same day.

Mack Cail, the second of two members who joined the board after prevailing in a November election, voted against the resolution.

The project will include work in the kitchen and cafeteria, entryways and lower-level bleachers in the Bryan Taylor Arena, classrooms in the 1979-80 addition to the building, wrestling and health-occupation areas, the school auditorium and band room and hallways not renovated in recent projects.

A public hearing on the project will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the high-school auditorium.

The school board also reapproved the building corporation as the entity to assist in the financing of renovations. Werner had explained at its meeting that the building corporation actually owns the building and leases it to the school corporation.

In other business, the board approved conflict-of-interest statements for members Jerry Hoagland, who occasionally prepares tax returns for the corporation without pay, according to Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne, and Dr. Gene Ress, who performs physical examinations for bus drivers and others, and Larry Bryant, whose wife is a bus driver for the corporation.

As The News reported Monday, Bryant said during the meeting he could send an ad seeking a new superintendent to the state Education Department and school-boards and school-superintendents associations for posting on their Web sites. The News checked the sites Friday morning and found the opening hadn’t yet been posted. It did appear later, however, at the first two sites, marked as having been posted Dec. 20. No posting appeared at the site of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents as of Wednesday morning.