September 11, 2013 | 08:39 AM
Harrison County Government, the county council and commissioners, each year approves $2 million of riverboat funding to be split between the three county school corporations for educational projects of each school's desire. The money is split according to average daily membership for each school.
Last Tuesday, officials from two of the school corporations visited the Harrison County Board of Commissioners to detail their plans for the funding.
In recent years, the split has come out to about $1.1 million for South Harrison; $750,000 for North Harrison; and $225,000 for Lanesville.
The county also gives another $2 million to be split between the school districts for property tax reduction.
South Harrison Supt. Dr. Neyland Clark presented the budget which will again include textbooks and/or laptops for students, $350,000; technology upgrade with a wide-area network and infrastructure, $100,000; safety programs including student drug testing and security, $150,000; capital improvements, $125,000; alternative education programs, $85,000; full-day kindergarten, $65,000; middle-level language arts intervention, $45,000; instructional programs, $30,000; tuition reimbursement program, $35,000; professional development, $25,000; and community relations, $5,000.
Steve Morris, superintendent for Lanesville Community School Corp., presented the following for Lanesville: technology purchases for 1:1 computing, $100,000; intersession program, $30,000; full-day kindergarten, $15,000; elementary and secondary school supplies, $15,000; professional development, $10,000; and advanced placement programs, $5,000.
Clark and Morris thanked the board of commissioners for its continued support of the schools.
"It really enables us to run programs that benefit kids in the classroom," Morris said. "Otherwise, we would have to make tough decisions."
North Harrison officials will present its budget at a later time.
In other business Tuesday, Mauckport resident Kent Yeager again spoke to the commissioners about his stance against the proposed county park at the Morvin's Landing area just east of Mauckport.
"Like most people, I always think about how decisions of government will affect me, but I also try to consider how they will affect the public in general," Yeager said in a written letter. "The personal part of the proposed park at Morvin's Landing was easy. I see almost no possibility of this being anything but a negative for my wife and me. My evaluation of how it will affect the public took a little longer ... but the result is the same. In fact, I think it is an even poorer decision for the citizens of Harrison County than it is for us."
Yeager said the location is conducive to activities where the people want to be out of sight.
"Depending what is growing along the road, you can see car lights from our house at night and there is often quite a bit of traffic," he said. "I would discourage anyone from driving there at night. This is almost 17 miles from the sheriff's office. It has been suggested to me that the proposed improvements will make the area safer. Without almost constant supervision, this is not going to be a safe place where people will want to visit."
Yeager also said he finds it difficult to believe the people involved in this park proposal realize the dynamic nature of the Ohio River. It is not just a geographical feature, he said, but a powerful, unpredictable and constantly changing neighbor.
"If you haven't looked at it when the water's up, you haven't really looked at it," he said of the site.
Yeager said it will not be financially prudent to purchase the land and turn it into a park.
The discussion will continue on the proposed park, since park officials support the plan, which includes a Bicentennial Nature Trust grant that would pay about 48 percent of the cost. The Harrison County Community Foundation has committed to pay another 26 percent, leaving the county with the final 26 percent, or about $100,000.