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Architects deliver design to CCS

Monday, January 16, 2012

MMS-AE Architects Steve Arnold and Jodi Goings, Terre Haute, announced Clay Community Schools will spend just less than $300,000 to renovate the soon-to-be CCS central office, 1013 S. Forest Ave., during the January school board meeting.

Board members voted unanimously in favor to begin the bid phase after receiving an itemized building remodeling/construction project estimate and proposed building plans/floor plans from MMS-AE.

Board member Amy Burke Adams made the motion to accept the recommendation, with Forest Buell giving the second.

Clay Community School Superintendent Kimberly Tucker said some of the original construction plans have changed in the interest of saving taxpayer dollars.

"We were going to have glass walls around the board room, but it was a prohibitive cost," Tucker said. "We loved it, but we can't afford it. We had to distinguish between needs and wants."

The renovation plans include space for six offices, a large board room equipped to seat approximately 100 people, a waiting room, a designated work station area as well as rooms for office purposes.

"We've considered using the small room by the board room for executive sessions," Tucker said.

Tucker said she is most concerned about the building's outside appearance.

"A lot of people will drive by, but never come in," Tucker said, "so (the outside) has to be flattering."

Tucker added she expects the renovations to be completed by mid-July.

Meanwhile with a change in plans, the bus garage debate continues.

The meeting agenda packet reads, "After follow-up with legal counsel clarifying any concerns regarding clear claim to title and pre-existing RR (railroad) and/or potential utility easements and having received seller's updated survey and Phase I Environmental assessment, it is recommended the Williams property be purchased for future remodeling as the CCS Transportation facility."

However, board members discussed there are still some remaining legal concerns left to be answered and decided to table the issue with a 5-0-1 vote, with Buell opposing.

Board officials said there was a revised survey completed either Jan. 4 or 6, and they speculated the owner may not have had enough time to provide all the information before the meeting.

"I don't see the harm in allowing the owner more time to research the issues," Adams said.

"We should slow down, research all of our issues," CCS Secretary Ron Scherb said. "I am not ready to vote on this."

Other board members agreed and suggested the board should keep their options open.

"I make a motion we give (Williams) more time and allow him to gather more information," CCS board Vice President Tina Heffner said, "but we plan to continue to research other options, just as we are not preventing (Williams) from selling the property to other buyers."

In other board news:

* CCS board officials unanimously approved Conflict of Interest statements from Michael Boswell and newly appointed Business Affairs Director Timothy Gorman,

* The board unanimously voted in favor of establishing a prevailing wage committee,

* CCS board members conducted a first reading of policy no. 7705, which more descriptively defines who semester grades are calculated.

CCS board members voted unanimously in favor to pass the following resolutions:

* Resolution for interest deposits,

* Resolution to transfer appropriations,

* 2012 Transfer of funds certificate,

* Resolution to prepay claims, and

* Resolution to transfer from one fund to another.

Tucker said the above resolutions are standard and are passed every year.

CCS board member Tammy Beasley was not present during Thursday's meeting.

The CCS school board meets regularly on the second Thursday of every month.

The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the North Clay Middle School Media Center.

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What a complete waste of money.

-- Posted by My opinion counts on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 8:53 AM

The "waiting" area is unusually large and awkward....do you really have that many people waiting for an appointment with somebody in the office?

And yes, I agree to the complete waste of money!

"CCS board members conducted a first reading of policy no. 7705, which more descriptively defines who semester grades are calculated". WHAT? Oh wait, more of our fabulous journalistic talent at work! Who prof-reads this crap?????

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 2:16 PM

The problem is with the State of Indiana. The money is compartmentalized and has to be spent on what is allocated for. They cannot take money earmarked for construction and move it to the general fund. The corporation has NO CHOICE but to spend the money where the state tells them to. If you don't like it, call your state legislator, or state senators.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 2:53 PM

Politics involved...sounds about right. Are the Dems even working in Indiana anymore? They never show up and protest on the tax payers dime. Oh, back to the CCS...I hope work can get DONE in a new facility. No excuses!

-- Posted by hoosier01 on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 7:00 PM

Laughingly, I'm not understanding the comment about a complete waste of money. $277,500, the purchase price and renovation cost reported Aug. 24, 2011 or even at a cost of $277,500 plus another $300,000, if that is the case, it is still a great savings over the $2.8 million dollar building cost for a new Central Office that was proposed in 2008.

A good portion of the money for this project and the Transportation facility is coming out of the Rainy Day fund, where it was put specifically for these projects. Contrary to popular belief, even though funds are compartmentalized and it requires a board vote to move funds from one to another during the budget cycle which is essential an "in-house" loan that must be paid back before the end of the budget cycle, excess funds excepting those in the Rainy Day Fund automatically go into the General Fund unless expended or transfered to the Rainy Day Fund by a vote of the Board at the end of the budget cycle.

There are some funds recieved with earmarks, Title 1 and specific PL 221 funding that must be spent on specific programs, but the bulk of funds supported by local taxes automatically go into the General Fund if not spent or saved in the Rainy Day Fund at the end of the current budget.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Jan 18, 2012, at 8:56 AM

Conservative Dad. This is not money the state tells them to spend. This is money from the rainy day fund that could indeed be put into the general fund.

-- Posted by patriotgames on Wed, Jan 18, 2012, at 9:33 PM

Why don't we invest in our children instead of new glass walls for the board room REALLY! WOW LOOKS LIKE THE LOTTO SCAM HIT YOUR ccsc. Sad. Your kids should come first not your comfort level. D GRADES in the the schools means less productive students.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Jan 19, 2012, at 9:32 AM

Thank you, Leo, for clearing this up a bit. I feel better about it now.

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Jan 19, 2012, at 5:55 PM

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