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January 9, 2013

Greensburg Schools continue to improve safety

Greensburg — During the regularly scheduled Greensburg Community Schools (GCS) Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, updates to the junior high’s eighth grade Washington D.C. school trip were shared, and a safety specialist was invited to share the state of GCS’ safety precautions.

GCS school resource officer, Bruce Copple, shared with the board what improvements are underway to ensure the safety of GCS’ children.

New technology and slight changes in procedures are being considered.

“We want parents to know we’ve done everything we can to make the kids safe,” said GCS Superintendent Tom Hunter.

In other news, December was used to apply for nearly $1 million in state grants, according to Tammy Williams, director of Curriculum and Instruction. The schools will receive the results of the requests over the course of the year.

GCS administrators are wary of a potential $400,000 deficit due to three years of decreased revenue, and are trying to prepare for it.

Hunter said that Greensburg schools have not been terribly affected due to efficient money management, though a plan is in place to accommodate should the deficit become a reality.

The plan primarily involved not rehiring for positions left open due to resignation.

Hunter mentioned that fringe benefits and $1.7 million in health insurance costs take a great deal of income, but did not imply that employee benefits would be affected by the plan.

For the moment, GSC are looking to improving energy efficiency to save money.

Improved heating and air, and a change in light bulbs is expected to save several thousand dollars.

Duke Energy is also offering a discount for GCS’ change to more energy-efficient light bulbs.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004

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