Plans are moving forward on the replacement of the heating system at Shelbyville High School.
The school board approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of $3,400,000 in bonds for the project during a special meeting on May 7. There were no public comments or questions presented during the regular school board meeting Wednesday evening, May 14.
The approval of bond issuance comes after voter approval in March of a 1 percent sales tax increase to help facilities in all the county school districts. Shelbyville school district plans to use the expected revenue to pay for replacement of the 60-year-old boiler system in the High School with a new heating and cooling system which also includes new windows and doors.
The district was also awarded a $30,500 grant to be used on school security.
“This will be used primarily for new entrance doors and exterior cameras,” said superintendent Denise Bence.
Installment of a new roof on the gymnasium and auditorium sections of the building will be done this summer. Funding for the project will come out of the life safety budget.
Scott Gregory of Aramark, supplier of the school breakfast and lunch programs, told the board that Shelbyville placed first in the small school category with 97 percent participation in the recent survey on the programs. He also presented a check for $1,000 for that recognition. Moulton student Gabby Guiot was presented a Kindle Fire earlier as part of the survey participation.
Gregory and the program’s dietitian discussed changes in the food programs to meet national dietary requirements. The menus include more whole grains, vegetables, and fruit.
In other business, the board:
- Reviewed the proposed budget amendment and set the amended budget hearing date of June 19
- Approved the intergovernmental agreement with the Regional Office of Education regarding the county occupational sales tax revenue. The Department of Revenue will send the money to the Regional Office about the 15th of the month who will disburse it to the schools about the 5th of the month.