Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — The Shelbyville School Board approved the recommendation by the district’s architect for the roofing project on the high school during its regular meeting February 20.
Bid opening was held February 14 with nine bids submitted. The project include roof replacement on the high school gym and auditorium.
The district’s architect Bill VanDusen of Allied Design Consultants told the board that if defects were revealed, the 10 percent contingency would be in the Life Safety contract.
“This is a 1980s roofing. It’s time to replace it and the timing was good for competitive bids,” VanDusen said.
The low bid was Top Quality Roofing Company of Mt. Zion at $269,000. Estimated cost was $338,000. The board approved and signed the contract to get the project started. Work is expected to start after school is out June 2 with an anticipated completion date of August 15.
In administrative reports, Superintendent Denise Bence noted that nine snow days have been declared so three of the days will be submitted to the state as “act of God” days.
She reported that public forums, radio spots, and TV interviews are being used to inform the public on the Shelby County sales tax referendum.
Bence added that she will be applying for a $50,000 maintenance grant, which will require a matching $50,000 from the district’s funds, and recommended that, if awarded, the money be used for replacing exterior doors. Estimated cost for all doors is $140,000. The board approved the application.
Bence also reported that damage from the storm earlier that day tore the roof off the press box, pushed the band trailer into the concession stand, damaging the roof of the stand; blew out a window in the high school, and damaged bleachers at the baseball field north of Moulton school. She added that she has already contacted the insurance company, noting that premiums went up after the claim on the Main Street School chimney that was damaged by lightning a few years ago.
Moulton Middle School principal Russ Tomblin noted that ISAT testing will be held the first week of March. He added that as a result of last year’s test results that Shelbyville ranked 5th out of 40 area schools.
“That validates that we are doing pretty darn good. We’re ranked right up there at the top. Good job,” said board member Mark Snider.
Tomblin reported that $800 was raised for the American Heart Association during the “Red Out” t-shirt sales. Students were encouraged to wear red on February 20 and those wearing the t-shirts received free admission to the volleyball game that night.
High School principal Rich Stewart reported that the WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team competed at Lake Land College recently. Cale Atkinson won the engineering graphic division and received a $1,000 tuition waver. He will compete at the sectional meet at EIU.
In other reported items:
- The annual PTO dodgeball tournament will be held Saturday, March 1 at the high school
- The 4th grade is collecting Prairie Farms milk caps through April 30. For every 1000 caps collected, Prairie Farms will give a check to the Agriculture awareness Committee in support of the Shelby County Agriculture in the Classroom project.
- 1st-3rd grade students are working toward 500 classroom compliments with a “Cake in the “Face” for the top three voted teachers or staff members.
- Bradley Sanders, Kylie Smith and Tailyn Hancock were this month’s teacher recommended Positive Office referrals.
Bence reviewed the Board Policy updates. One highlight was to prohibit the possession or use of medical marijuana on school property.
Board member Gary Hayden countered, “I’ve seen it happen where a cancer patient is using it for pain control. It may need to be allowed in some cases.”
Bence said that the policy would have to be further reviewed.
In other action, the board approved the senority lists of certified and non-certified staff members.
As a result of executive session, the board approved Leslie Miller and Melissa Clark as assistant Jr. High track coaches.