GREENSBURG — At its regular meeting Wednesday night, the Decatur County Community Schools (DCCS) Board continued forward with plans to construct twin Fieldhouses at both North and South Decatur High Schools.
As part of those continuing plans, the board held a public hearing Wednesday night for public comment on the plan leases, which were signed by the DCCS Building Corporation earlier that evening.
When there were no comments, Doug Wilson presented the board with petitions filled with at least 50 signatures (the number required by Indiana law) of people approving the leases. The petitions, Wilson noted, both contained much more than 50.
The leases allow the board to move the project to the next step of accepting construction bids. The board also agreed to adhere to the Security and Exchange Commission requirement that, every year during the term of the bond, any information regarding changes to district finances be reported. The board will meet May 29 to accept formal bids on the twin projects.
In explaining the bidding process, DCCS superintendent Johnny Budd told the assembly that, although the design of the main structures are set, the board has designed a handful of alternate plans to make the most of DCCS dollars.
Keeping the project budgets at below $2 million apiece is key, Budd said, with any money remaining from construction of the primary structures being used to add additional enhancements such as extra locker rooms.
“It’s like putting the pieces of a puzzle together,” the superintendent said.
The board also recognized the recent accomplishments of the academic teams at both NDHS and SDHS. Both teams made it to the state finals at Purdue University in April, with the Chargers fielding two teams and the Cougars one.
The NDHS Charger Math team, comprised of students Eric Moorman, Winston Miley, Trevor Crites, Landon Phillips, and Zach Johnson, finished as runner up, while the Charger Science team, comprised of students Andrew Martin, Adam Hartman, Devin Nobbe, Landon Phillips and Derek Hocker, placed fourth. The South Decatur Cougar Math team, comprised of students Tyler Wamsley, Paje Smiley, Lexie Armand, Conner Polanka and Carlyn Johanningman, won fifth place.