Following Tuesday’s Loogootee School Board meeting, board Vice President Larry Craney and Superintendent Larry Weitkamp commended the Loogootee City Council for its vote July 11 to pay $5,000 toward the paving of the parking lot of the former East Elementary School, 510 Church St. Most of the $55,000 cost of paving will be paid by the school corporation.
City Council members Rich Taylor, Rick Norris and Joe Mattox voted in favor, while Phyllis Parker was opposed. Susan Brewer abstained from voting.
“This is a very good move for our community,” Craney said.
“I’m pleased they reconsidered,” Weitkamp said. He commended those who changed their minds to support what he believes is economic development.
On June 13, the council had unanimously opposed paying $15,000 toward the cost of the parking lot.
STIMULUS Engineering, Loogootee, agreed in March to lease the building from the school corporation for 24 months to be used for workforce development and training of employees from Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center. Training begins Aug. 1 and is expected to create 10 full-time and more than 40 part-time positions.
The engineering company will pay the school corporation $13,000 per month as part of the lease agreement, which totals $312,000 for two years.
During the meeting the board hired a new high school teacher, while also accepting the resignation of an elementary school teacher.
Ann Schneider, an Indiana University graduate, will teach English at Loogootee High School, and also supervise the yearbook staff.
Principal John Mullen, who interviewed Schneider and other candidates, said she came highly recommended from Shoals, where she had taught English the past two years.
The board accepted the resignation of Bryan Fountain, who had been a third-grade teacher for the past five years.
While at Loogootee, he had received a “Golden Apple” award from WTHI Channel 10, Terre Haute, which are presented annually to several top teachers in the station’s viewing area.
Weitkamp said Fountain was returning to Mitchell. The opening for the position has been posted, but the superintendent said no decision on hiring a replacement teacher would be made until after the student registration numbers are known.
Student registration is scheduled for Aug. 3-4. The staff will report Aug. 11, with the first day of school set for Aug. 15.
In other business, the board accepted the sole bids for bread and milk, respectively. The bread bid was from Sara Lee, while the milk bid was from Prairie Farms/Holland Dairy.
With each bid, the board also accepted the recommendation from Weitkamp that purchases be made from local stores whenever they had prices which were lower than the bid prices.
Weitkamp said the bread bid included increases of 0 to 30 percent over last year, depending on the type of bread purchased. He said the milk prices were subject to change every month, depending on transportation and other costs.
Board President Tim Bradley was absent due to a work commitment.