building project moves ahead
The Jac-Cen-Del Schools building project is continuing to move
forward with the formation of the Building Corporation which was
approved at the regular JCD board meeting on Wednesday, June 16.
According to the architect, the project is ready to go out to
bid with a pre-bid meeting scheduled for June 29 and bid openings
scheduled for July 13 at 2 p.m.
According to George Link, architect, the project will be bid in
three categories, general, electrical and mechanical. Plans are
to begin construction in August.
Retention rates are lower than previous years, according to high
school assistant principal Brian Fehribach. Superintendent Bill
Narwold noted that the majority of the 13 students retained at
the elementary school were in first grade. This means that the
staff and students are working a little harder, according to Narwold.
Elementary Art teacher Stacy Gray invited the board to look at
the completed sculpture project along the wall near the kindergarten
playgrounds. Gray received Lilly and Reynolds Foundation grants
last summer to study sculpture in California.
Each grade is represented by a butterfly created from hardware
cloth and a special cement-like material. Students from each grade
created special ceramic pieces to embed into the wet material.
Narwold updated the board on a special financial meeting held
in Indianapolis. According to Narwold, the superintendents were
advised to expect more cuts in the coming year.
In personnel, the resignation of Carrie McNew as dance team coach
was approved; summer preschool assistants Sarah Kelts and Jane
Ann Vankirk were approved; the employment of Marcus Wirth as summer
recreation worker was approved; and Courtney Hughes as an aid
at the elementary school.
Due to uncertain financial and enrollment numbers, the recommendation
to approve the reduction in work force for instructional aids
and cook assistants was approved 4-1 with Deanna Young voting
In other business:
Book rental fees were unanimously approved.
The approval of the transfer tuition was approved. Tuition
will be free before September 17. After that it will cost $600
for the remainder of the school year.
The PTO yard sale will be held on July 30 and 31.
The I Caught You award was presented to Sue
Mullikin for going above and beyond the call of duty and for all
the extra things she does and rarely receiving any credit for
it. I do it because I love the kids, said Mullikin.
The board accepted a $1220 donation from the Margaret Mary
Community Hospital consisting of the proceeds from the athletic
physicals completed on May 12. The funds will go to the athletic
All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be
held on Wednesday, July 21 beginning at 6 p.m. in the high school