Brownstown school board approves middle school project


BROWNSTOWN — A Dillsboro general contractor has received a $248,000 contract for a project to renovate the downstairs bathrooms this summer at Brownstown Central Middle School.

Assistant Superintendent Jade Peters told the Brownstown Community School Corp. board of trustees during their meeting on March 12 that Poole Group Inc. was the only company that had bid on the project.

“They are the same group that did the upstairs at the middle school last year,” Peters said during the meeting at the administration office.

“We’re confident it will be a good project,” he said. Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the contract.

The board also voted 6-0 to give Peters approval to advertise for bids for a parking lot for about 274 vehicles for the new elementary school gymnasium and two new streets that will tie into that lot. The streets are designed to provide additional routes into and out of the school as there is only one at this time.

One of those roads would extend south from Commerce Street to the new parking lot and the other would extend east from Water Street to that new parking lot. Peters said the bids would be due by April 3.

Peters said since the gymnasium project came in way over budget the two new streets may not happen. The board approved Poole Group’s bid of $6,232,700 for the gymnasium project during a meeting in February.

Peters also reported all 24 of corporation’s full-size buses and seven mini-buses passed the recent annual inspection — something that rarely if ever happens — by the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

Trustees also approved four emergency allocations including $2,369 to Hiram J. Hash & Sons Inc. for folder and sealer machine repairs at the administration office. The others were $1,400 to Lee Co. Inc. for bleacher motor repairs at the middle school; $585 to Southern Roofing for roofing repairs at the high school; and $703.99 to Trane for a new motor at the middle school. Those expenditures leave an emergency allocations fund balance of $77,174.83.

Regarding personal actions, the board approved the resignations/terminations of Kim Elliott and Stephanie Johnson as a instructional assistants at the elementary school; Nicole Otte as special ed instructional assistant at the middle school; and Jaelyn Reynolds at middle school boys track coach.

The board approved the employment of Shannon Barger as social teacher at the high school, Jessica Wischmeier as a guidance counselor at the high school and the retirement of first grade teacher Julie Isaacs.

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