By Valerie Werkmeister
North Posey School Board members voted to close the deal with the Town of New Harmony on the future of the New Harmony School building during their recent meeting on July 9. School board president Joe Neidig and town council president David Campbell collaborated to create a lease agreement between the two entities. They believe the arrangement will be beneficial to both communities.
The town purchased the building and North Posey will lease the building for a two-year period. In addition, North Posey will pay New Harmony a total of $100,000 by making four, $25,000 installments.
North Posey School District expanded its bases with the addition of Harmony Township marking one of the final actions of adding New Harmony School to its folds. Members of the MSD of North Posey voted to add Harmony Township to District 1 of the three election districts for the board. The district lines will remain in place until a new plan is created.
The board also approved Jim Scarafia’s appointment to the board filling Larry Lewis’ recently vacated position. Scarafia had served as president of the New Harmony School Board until the school closed in May. His term will end December 31, 2014.
Linda O’Risky was chosen to continue as secretary in place of Lewis for the remainder of the year.
The board also approved Camp’s recommendation to hire Larry Lewis to serve as the project manager for a three-month period. He will be paid a sum of $9,000. The Project Manager will report to the Superintendent all information and concerns and oversee all summer projects and work with VPS architect and ARC construction with meeting Proposal Request and all aspects of the high School and North Elementary projects.
Projects include North Elementary fifth and sixth grade wing renovation (six rooms)- ceilings, insulation, drywall, cabinetry, lockers, flooring and furniture. At the high school Lewis will oversee four science room renovations- gas, electric, technology, construction of preparation room, and furniture.
Other projects to be under the direction of Lewis are to oversee work with all vendors with these projects:
Resurface tennis courts repairing cracks, sealing and painting
Repairing the track surface and repaint track
Repair and seal all asphalt in the corporation at all schools.
Repair and lead the project of the repair to the South Terrace septic.
It will also be part of Lewis’ job to Plan or get quotes on asphalt areas at the Central Office and at the sewer plant at the high school as well as replacing the roof at the high school.
In other business, the board approved:
•A $400,000 additional appropriation in the Rainy Day fund for possible expenses that may be incurred throughout the remainder of the year.
•A $7,405 contract with Computrol for the accounting software utilized at the central office.
•The $5,749.40 purchase of Study Island software that serves as a remediation tool for the elementary schools.
•A $1,590 agreement with AdTec, a program that administers the paperwork guidelines required by the federal government for reimbursements the district receives on items such as T-1 internet and phone lines. In return, North Posey anticipates a reimbursement between $9,000 -$10,000 this year.
•An $1,100 agreement with American Appraisal for fixed asset accountability.
•A $6,400 software agreement with Apex Learning which provides credit recovery and remediation programs for the high school.
•A $2,850 quote from Tri-County Equipment for a trailer. The corporation will also trade in a 1994 John Deere lawn tractor and a 1997 EXmark turf ranger.
•Eric Long’s request to declare several items at North Elementary and South Terrace as surplus.
•North Posey High School Principal Scott Strieter’s request to spend $4,000 of Extracurricular Account (ECA) funds to purchase four laptops for the Project Lead the Way classes.
•North Posey Junior High Principal Steve Kavanaugh’s request to spend $1,170 of ECA funds to purchase a table saw and shelving supplies for Mr. Welch’s classroom. The school corporation will, in turn, reimburse this expense after the junior high sends a bill.
•A facility use request from the Poseyville Fire Department to use North Elementary and the junior high and high school parking lots for training and inspection purposes on their equipment.
•North Posey School Supt, Dr. Todd Camp’s recommendation to hire Laura Hall as the new seventh grade math teacher for the upcoming school year.
•Camp’s recommendation to hire Tim Morrow, Ed Morton and Jon Morton as full-time custodians. Morrow will work at the junior high while Ed Morton will be at the high school and Jon Morton will work at North Elementary. Cody Heldt was hired as a part-time custodian who will work at North Elementary.
•A professional leave request by Kathy Veeck to attend a cafeteria certification class in Mount Vernon.
The next regular school board meeting will be held on Monday, August 13, at 6:30 p.m.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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