2018-06-13 / Front Page

DCSC board begins 2018 G.O. bond approval

School climate survey available
By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

The Delphi Community School Board began the process to approve the 2018 General Obligation (G.O.) bond used for corporation improvements at the Monday night meeting. They voted in favor of a preliminary bond resolution designed to approve the issuance of the 2018 bond. They also approved a declaration of official intent to reimburse their expenditures from the bond amount. Superintendent Greg Briles said the maximum amount the corporation can bond for is $827,000.

According to information supplied by Briles, the renovation/repair project will be separated into two phases. Phase 1 will be completed this summer and Phase 2 in 2019. The Phase 1 improvement list, signed and dated by Briles on April 25, 2018, provides the scope of work to be done. Work is to be done in the Elementary School and the High School.

The existing air cooled chiller will be replaced at the Elementary School as will the water pump, which will include recon- figuring the piping. In addition, a starter will be replaced on the South AHU. The total cost of the renovations at the Elementary School are projected to be $488,758.

The plumbing and heating piping, along with ceiling work, will be replaced in the High School. Fixtures in the restrooms will be replaced along with plumbing and the restrooms will be reconfigured. An access door from the classroom pod into the technology department will be constructed. The estimated cost for renovations and repairs to the High School are $1,511,242. Climate survey

The school corporation has initiated a school climate/culture survey which is designed to better understand the attitudes of community members about a variety of topics related to the school and the district. The study is being conducted by Dr. Brad Balch on behalf of the school corporation.

Participant identification is confidential for the online survey, of which 318 people have responded. According to Dr. Balch, only aggregated data results will be shared with the Delphi Community School Corporation. Dr. Balch indicated all input from corporation stakeholders is important. Responses to the survey are due June 29.

Log onto https://indstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/ form/ SV_ 1AAOQVKKd- DLm2t7 to respond to the survey. Contact Dr. Balch at (812) 237-2802 or via email at brad.balch@indstate.edu with questions. Summer School

The Middle and High School principals indicated Monday night that Summer School has been well attended. According to information provided to the Comet Tuesday, the morning classes have been attended by 130 students and the afternoon classes have had 71 students. High School Principal Ann Marie Circle said that providing transportation has helped attendance.

Other business

Board member Neal Anderson requested the governing body receive a monthly report detailing the grants used in the corporation.

Certified staff approved for the 2018-2019 school year are Jennifer Tice as a science teacher in the middle and high schools ($52,500 annually), Lauren Benham as a science teacher in the middle school ($35,988 annually) and Alyson Torres as a third-grade teacher ($38,215).

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