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Bus garage location remains in limbo

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Clay Community School Corporation decided not to pursue the purchase of the Wallace Bros., Inc. property, 2067 W. U.S. 40, Brazil, and will look into other options for a new bus garage. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
The new location for the Clay Community Schools Bus Garage is still up in the air.

During the recent board meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees, members learned the asking price for the Wallace Property was beyond the amount Clay Community School Corporation can offer.

In order to buy the building, it had to be appraised by two different appraisers and by law, CCSC can only offer the average of the two appraisals.

"One appraisal came in at $426,000 the second at $435,000 for an average of $430,500," Supt. Dan Schroeder said. "We spoke to (Larry) Wallace and offered him that amount, but he was not interested at this time."

The asking price for the property was $700,000-$750,000.

"We will not proceed with that alternative," Schroeder said.

Schroeder, Business manager Mike Fowler, Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger and Transportation Director Frank Misner will continue to look into other options and report back to the board.

Meanwhile the board received a proposal of Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing. Since it was the first reading, there was no vote.

"This is a way for us to help students and help the families," Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle said. "If we have a student that tests positive, our goal is to get them off the drugs and get them back into being successful in school."

Rayle was adamant that not every student would be tested.

"If, for instance, a student is sick during the winter and they are on Codeine, which causes drowsiness, then we can call the parent and they say, 'yes my child is on Codeine, the prescription is in the nurses office.'" he said. "If we do test, we will use the least invasive, which is typically an oral screen."

Though no questions were asked by the board, a second reading and vote will be made at a later date.

The board also voted 6-1 (with Forrest Buell opposing) for the approval of the Design Development plans for Bid Package Four (Van Buren, Forest Park, and Clay City Elementary) and approval of the Construction Documents for Bid Packages Two (Jackson Township Elementary-sewer project) and Three (East Side, Meridian and Staunton Elementary).

The next meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees will be 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at North Clay Middle School.

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Though I am many times critical of school board decisions, I must congratulate them for following procedure and getting those appraisals. If the corporation had purchased that property at the asking price, they would not have made a wise spending decision for the county. On the surface the property had many features that would have fit the needs of the transportation department but obviously it was not worth what the owner wanted for it.

As for drug testing in schools. Sad that we have come to that but I fear it is needed as parental control just doesn't exist any more in some cases. This will be good way to help all the students as drug use effects all in wasted time and distraction in the class room for all and in long run confronting the problem is a better alternative than allowing it to exist as then it can be dealt with accordingly. Before they vote on it however, it would be interesting to find out how much the program is going to cost, as again every dollar that is paid out of corporation budget means less money into academic programs. Hopefully this will be covered by grants or external funding of some sort??

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 6:59 AM

The way I see it, the purchase was stopped by law and the unwillingness of the seller to accept what could be offered, by law.

Hopefully, now the corporation will look at locating both the Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Department, the Transportation Department, and a New Central Office at one location and reducing the number of locations that the corporation has for the purpose of minimizing employee movement and unproductive time.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 10:05 AM

Wouldn't it be great if more parents were informed enough to comment on this subject than just the regular two or three, we might even have 5 or 6 comments if that were true, still falling way behind the druggie stories, etc.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 2:32 PM

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