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City Schools has project hearing

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools once again received no public input during a second public hearing Monday night regarding building projects it plans to undertake in 2020.


The school board heard, for a second time, a presentation about the projects, as well as a presentation on how much the projects will cost the school district.


The plan calls for three separate projects.


Brian Bohlender, Vice President of Barton Coe Vilamaa, was on hand to lay out the projects for those in attendance.
The first project calls from an expansion of the L.H. Carpenter Early Learning Center.


The project will renovate existing rooms in the center for the pre-kindergarten classes, and add eight new classrooms so that the district can move its kindergarten classes out of O.J. Neighbours Elementary School and into the center.


The project will also remove a second floor storage space from the multipurpose room.


The plan is to award bids for that project in the winter of 2019, with a ground breaking in the spring of 2020. The project has an estimated completion date of August of 2021.


Jim Elizonda of Stifel went through the financial details for each project.


The L.H. Carpenter project will include the borrowing of $7.745 million in the form of bonds.


Bohlender also explained the second project, which is an expansion project including the middle school and high school.
The project calls for the addition of bleacher space, a balcony, and locker rooms to Coolman Gymnasium, as well as corridor connecting the two schools.


In addition, the district plans to make upgrades to its facilities at Alumni Field, including the installation of synthetic turf at the football field, the expansion of the track to eight lanes, the replacement of bleachers and the renovation of bathrooms.
That project will include the borrowing of $9.9 million in the form of bonds.


The plan is to award bids for that project in the winter of 2019, with a ground breaking in the spring of 2020.


That project has an estimated completion date of fall of 2020.


An additional $875,000 will be borrowed to complete various maintenance projects around the district.


Elizonda said that the projects will make no increase to the current debt service tax rate. Officials expect the bonds to be paid off by 2039.


After the hearing, the board passed several resolutions related to the projects.


The board also:


--Approved a recommendation to accept bids through Food2School from HPS/GFS for grocery, Deans for dairy, and Aunt Millie’s for bakery.


--Approved Michael Rigney as the driver’s education coordinator for 2019 with a stipend of $1,000.


--Approved driver’s education pay rates for $25 per hour for driving instructors and $30 per hour for classroom instructors.


--Approved the following instructors for the Wabash High School driver’s training program for the summer of 2019: Darren Porter, Randy LePage, Marianne Milam, Rigney, Sarah Cole.


--Approved the following bus drivers/bus aides for summer transportation to be paid at the regularly hourly rate: Angie Kline, Steve Howard, Marla Davenport, Christina Sellers, Shelly Ford.


--Approved the following athletic coaches for 2018-19: John Stewart, summer boys soccer volunteer, and Brett Schull, middle school cross country volunteer.


--Approved the following athletic resignations for the 2019-2020 school year: Mike Mattern, eighth grade girls basketball, and Jennie Warnock, seventh grade girls basketball.


--Approved the recommendation for Cole to provide homebound services for a WMS student for two hours per week at her hourly rate of $44.86 from May 20 to May 30, 2019.


-- Approved the recommendation for Chloe Selleck to assist IREAD remediation at O.J. Neighbours for the 2018-19 summer school program for six instructional days, and be compensated her daily rate.


--Approve the following teachers for IREAD summer school from June 3-14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at their daily rate: Janet Sparks and Jen Lane.


--Approved Melissa Lang at the Begindergarten teacher at O.J. Neighbours from June 3 through July 12, 2019 (no class July 3-5) with a stipend of $4,500 from the Begindergarten grant.


--Approved Jennifer Denney as the Begindergarten paraprofessional at O.J. Neighbours from June 3 through July 12 (no class July 3-5) with a stipend of $1,500 from the Begindergarten grant.


--Accepted the resignation of Jami Tipple as paraprofessional at O.J. Neighbours effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.


--Accepted the resignation of Teal Leming as paraprofessional at O.J. Neighbours effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.


--Accepted the resignation of Kim Hyslop as paraprofessional at L.H. Carpenter effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

--Accepted the resignation of Jane Kendall as fourth grade teacher at O.J. Neighbours effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.


--Accepted the resignation of April Rentschler as second grade teacher at O.J. Neighbours effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.


--Approved Crystal Van Treese as a paraprofessional at O.J. Neighbours at a rate of $9.70 per hour beginning with the 2019-20 school year.


--Approved Jessie Porter as a paraprofessional at O.J. Neighbours at a rate of $9.70 per hour beginning the 2019-20 school year.


--Approved Britani Jernigan as special ed teacher at O.J. Neighbours with a salary of $35,000 beginning the 2019-20 school year.


-- Approved Heather Dutton as third grade teacher at O.J. Neighbours with a salary of $35,000 beginning the 2019-20 school year.


--Approved Kyle Kelsheimer as an English teacher at Wabash High School with a salary of $35,000 beginning the 2019-20 school year.


--Approved the recommendation to hire Jasmin Pineda to teach eighth grade world languages and Spanish I classes with a salary of $35,000 starting the 2019-20 school year.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 11