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April 25, 2013

Math Bowl success for Loogootee

LOOGOOTEE — The Loogootee Math Bowl team recently finished second in the state, defeating more than 100 other schools in their division.

Team members, consisting of 5th and 6th graders, were honored during Tuesday night’s Loogootee School Board meeting. The team members were introduced by Tim Sanders, Math Bowl coach and sixth grade math teacher.

Sanders said the team got 27 out of 28 math questions correct, which he said normally would be enough to win state, but not this year. Board Member Shawn Howell described observing the Math Bowl competition as “incredible to watch.” Seeing the math questions imposed on a large screen, he asked himself, “How do they know the answer to that?”

With last Monday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon still fresh in everyone’s mind, Board President Scott Hall spoke on the matter of security. 

He assured every student, every parent, every staff member, that the school board members would do everything they legally could to ensure the school buildings are safe.

To enhance security, Superintendent Larry Weitkamp said the entrances at both Loogootee schools would be reconstructed to add a second set of doors near each principal’s office to control access to the buildings.

Concerning security cameras, Weitkamp said they are constantly recording and can be monitored at any time.

In other business

•Weitkamp warned the board the school corporation could lose up to $200,000 per year in funding if President Barack Obama’s proposed budget is approved. The funding is federal money annually given to counties in lieu of property taxes lost when Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane was established.

The superintendent said the president’s budget would reduce that funding to zero.

•Weitkamp announced a $70,000 grant had been awarded to the corporation from the Indiana Department of Education.  The money will be used to buy iPads, smart boards and other items for the special education staff members.

•Weitkamp said summer work projects include replacing six air conditioners at the elementary school. This will conclude the process of replacing all the air conditioners.

He also said some work would be done at JFK, the name given to the auxiliary gym near city hall owned by the school corporation. Weitkamp added he has asked an engineering firm to do a structural assessment of the building, with a report due by mid-May. 

This report will help determine if the building is still safe to be used.  The tentative repair work will not be started until after the report has been received.

•Weitkamp told the board minor changes had been proposed for the student handbooks for 2013-2014. The suggested changes will be posted on the corporation’s web site, loogootee. The board will vote on accepting the changes during the May meeting.

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