Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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March 14, 2014

County school board planning for the future

GREENSBURG – The Decatur County Community School (DCCS) board met at its central office Wednesday evening to discuss past, current and future business relating to the county schools.

While attending to routine matters the board granted approval of upcoming field trips, staff resignations and new staff appointments.

Andy Honeycutt will be retiring from the school system at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Nathaniel Sell, who acted at the director for the 1 to 1 initiative implementation has resigned, effective March 14.

Sara Dougherty was appointed as an educational assistant for North Decatur High School (NDHS), working part time until the end of the school year, when she will become a full time worker. Melanie Trammell and Sharon Vernon will both be working during medical leave for two North Decatur Elementary School (NDES) teachers.

Moving on with the meeting, George Link, of VPS Architecture, took the floor to explain the progress on the planned renovations and additions for North and South Decatur High Schools. Link presented three alternate options to the board, with the chief difference being the new athletic lobby attached to the new multipurpose gymnasium. Designs for both schools will align with the current construction, though an independent fire wall must separate the new and old buildings.

According to Link, the new addition is just under the limit for the required square footage at which the school would have to install a sprinkler system to comply with the fire code. If there is enough room in the budget, the school is interested in the possibility of making the corridor separating the old and new gymnasiums with a concrete roof to function as a storm shelter. Link said the project is right on target with projected goals and schedules.

Dwight Salsbury gave a report on the financial aspect of the proposed project. According to Salsbury, the school district is currently around one million dollars in debt and the school additions will work around that. Due to good interest rates and the tax-exempt bond issue the district plans to use to get the funds, the existing debt service should be reduced to zero by 2032.

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