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New Tech High School at PHS Moving Forward

September 7, 2011

09/08/11 As the preparation for the New Tech High School within the Plymouth High School building moves forward, funding for the project is also keeping pace. During the School board meeting on September 6, Superintendent Daniel Tyree said they have been able to receive commitments for $311, 000 from grants and community members who are sponsoring a room. Tyree explained that the $311,000 covers memberships and staff development for the New Tech that is scheduled to enroll the first 100 students in the 2012-2013 school year.

After hiring the services of the architect firm of Barton, Coe, and Villima, a design plan for the space being converted for New Tech use was reached. The estimate for the construction needed has been set at $2 million.

Speaking at the board meeting on how the funding could be obtained was Curt Pletcher of Umbaugh and Associates. Pletcher outlined several possibilities including entering into a general obligation bond. Pletcher briefly reviewed scenarios of the impact on repayment and potential tax impact if the board were to enter into a seven, eleven or eleven-year tailored agreement.

Pletcher said, “This is only for discussion.”

A public project hearing has been set for October 4 when the board will convene for a regular school board meet as well.

In other matters, the meeting agenda had included the names of six Title I aides who’s positions were eliminated in the middle of August. Due to the diligence of the school corporations’ treasurer, those jobs have been saved. Treasurer Kandi Tinkey and other staff members in the department suggested using JOBS (stimulus) money to fund the positions until a word has been received from the state’s Title I office as to how much the program will be funded.

The board unanimously passed the $33.22 million dollar budget for 2012. The board had held a planning session prior to the August 16 public hearing on the proposed budget. The budget was adopted on a 4-0 vote. Board member Todd Sameulson was not present during the vote.

Tyree announced that extra-curricular clubs that shared in parking cars during the annual Blueberry Festival over the Labor Day holiday netted $46,000. According to Tyree, the proceeds last year were $61,000. Tyree said, “Parking on Saturday was the worst one ever.”

Carol Anders Correspondent

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