Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

June 20, 2014

Facility issues need to be addressed

ST. LEON – Tom Harris, Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. support services director, shared the results June 12 of a facility assessment/audit that was completed for each of the district’s buildings.

“We’ve got to start addressing some of these issues .... We are constantly getting comments about how good our schools look, but in order to maintain that, we need to do some things.

“At some point in the near future, we need to sit down and talk about solutions, types of funding and directions you (board members) want to take. It’s going to have to be sooner rather than later .... I need you to look at this, and we need to go over it. Hopefully, in July we can meet and talk about how we want to fund these things.”

President Jeff Lyness wondered, “Can you do a comparable number of what we spent in 2012 and 2013?”

The director pointed out, “There are a lot of things we haven’t done in the past years. We let things go .... I’m trying to get a lot of things caught up, but I’m not anywhere near that yet .... It’s not a pleasant picture right now.”

He also told members bidding for bus routes takes place this year. “I have it planned for November. The specs will be out in September .... It’s a process we’ve got to get rolling. We’ve been working on it for the last few months.

“We’ve always done a sealed bid for people to bid on the routes, but I’ve been going around to other school districts to see how they handle the process .... I’ll present their ideas to you, too, and we’ll have to decide if we want to continue what we’ve been doing, or if we want to do something different.”

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