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Board approves recent proposal

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Clay Community School Corporation School Board has decided on a renovation project for the school facilities it hopes the community will support.

The board voted 6-1 Monday at a special session meeting to present a $26,283,292 project to the public for a 1028 preliminary determination hearing in February.

Kyle Miller from Schmidt Associates reviewed the proposal for the board before it discussed options.

The project would, if approved, renovate seven elementary schools in the corporation, and update security for all 10 school facilities.

Eastside, Meridian and Staunton Elementary Schools would receive renovations and additions to eliminate the need for portable classrooms or the Staunton metal building.

Forest Park, Van Buren, Jackson Township and Clay City Elementary would receive renovations without new construction.

Renovations for these buildings range from minimal, for Jackson Township, to extensive, for Van Buren Elementary School.

The money would be bonded at one time at the end of 2008. It would take eight-and-a-half-years to repay, and would accumulate $5 million in interest making total repayment $31 million.

The debt service tax rate would not be affected.

The public will have a chance to voice its opinion at a Feb. 18 1028 preliminary determination hearing at North Clay Middle School, beginning at 6 p.m.

"I'm very excited that the board has chosen to move forward with a program for facilities that need to be addressed," Director of Buildings and Grounds Tom Reberger said. "I hope no one in the area chooses to remonstrate the program, because the board has listened in previous meetings, and found a compromise that should work."

The board hopes the project will free up some budgeted Capital Projects Fund money, which would have been used to keep up the elementary schools, to make improvements on the middle and high schools without a project.

The board also expressed its desire for the project to move through without a remonstrance.

President Terry Barr reminded the crowd of the cuts made on the Northview High School building project because of the increase in costs while a remonstrance delayed proceedings.

Jeff Qualkinbush from Barnes and Thornburg, Indianapolis, will draw up the resolution to be presented Feb. 18.

Board members Steve Grigsby, Dottie King, Len Fischer, Jim Guy, Brian Atkinson and Ted Jackson voted to approve the project to be presented at the hearing.

Barr abstained from voting.

Barr, King and Guy had expressed concern about leaving the secondary schools out, but King and Guy admitted the possibility of the smaller project being approved by the community.

After the meeting, Barr said the best possible outcome would be for the project to proceed as planned.

The board has a scheduled regular meeting for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7.

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Does this mean the new bus garage and central office did not get approved????

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 8:10 AM

Did Ms. Barr abstain from voting on this proposal renovation project because she has ground to sell the corporation for the proposed new bus garage? This was mentioned in an earlier Brazil Times article involving the Romas Trucking property.

-- Posted by howaboutmyproperty on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 2:24 PM

Maybe it's because she's up for re-election this year!

-- Posted by Partrosie on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 7:29 PM

I think it's time to clarify and respond to some of the comments above

To partrosie: the schoolboard is not a high paying, political position, why would she even stoop to this level just to win YOUR vote.....Totally False!! Did you ever stop to think that she may have had concerns regarding both proposals!!! and actually voted the way you're supposed to....

PS: Her term is not up for another 2 years anyway.....check your facts next time.

To howaboutmyproperty: Have you ever heard about the paper or a 3rd party reporting something incorrectly???? FOR THE RECORD....The only property we own is less than 1 acre, and it is where we live...I DONT WANT A BUS GARAGE IN MY YARD!!!!

-- Posted by Doug Barr on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 7:05 AM

Hello Times Reporter.

Your article dated 1/18/2008 titled "Bus barn location remains in limbo" mentioned the Clay Community School Corporation was looking at the Romas Trucking property as a possible site for the new bus barn. It further stated farmland owned by Board President Terri Barr was also being considered. At that time was Ms. Barr's farmland being looked at or did the Times quote in error as stated by Mr. Barr above? A retraction from the paper stating an error in reporting was made on this subject was never printed.

If an error in reporting was made by the Times then Ms. Barr please accept my apologies.

-- Posted by howaboutmyproperty on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 11:55 AM

Why not let your child ride the bus the school corporation provides? Then, you wouldn't have to worry about waiting 15 minutes to get back out onto 340.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 4:23 PM

A light might slow some of them down as well. It is a bit scarey out there at 3

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 8:08 AM

So sorry if I hit some kind of nerve with my last comment! It wasn't intended to stir emotion. I was merely responding to the term "need" in reference to a traffic light. I do not deny a light would be a welcome addition. I just see it as a want rather than a need. We might "need" to get a better handle on the traffic situation which could be solved in many different ways. A light will not necessarily slow down traffic, nor will it prevent accidents any more than the posted 40 mph speed limit sign does. You are talking about young adults in a hurry to leave the school campus; thus the traffic director's presence. The presence of the traffic director at the North Clay site is mainly to allow the buses an opportunity to pull out onto 340 without having to sit and wait for long periods of time. Any time I've found myself facing the possibility of traveling in the vicinity of Northview/North Clay during dismissal time I've allowed extra time or timed it so I could avoid all the traffic. I look at it as just one of life's little bumps in the road and deal with it in whatever way works for me. The way I see it, the fewer traffic signals I have to deal with the better. As I said earlier, I certainly didn't mean to inflame anyone's emotions when I suggested using the buses the taxpayers provide instead of complaining of waiting in traffic when choosing to take children to school.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 3:14 PM

Thank God we are a country with free speech. You didn't step on my toes or cause me grief.

I know there have been studies done about putting a light out there. It must not be a lame idea.

As for the buses... yes, I pay for them to run. Some times the education my girls get on the bus is worth having to sit through the traffic.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 7:26 AM

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