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Lanesville ag-shop design gets OK

The Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees made changes Dec. 19 to the design of the agriculture shop room that school officials say will be completed by March.
Kovert Hawkins, an architectural firm in Jeffersonville, completed the design for the shop room, and trustees approved them during the meeting.
The project is one that has been in the works at Lanesville for some time. The agriculture classroom was a temporary building until last year when the agriculture classroom was completed.
The new project will add 30 feet of additional space to the classroom for a shop area.
‘It’s very simple and straightforward,’ Jamie Lake of Kovert Hawkins said during the meeting.
The trustees did make a few changes to the design before the plans were approved.
Donnie Hussung, school board president, asked that Lake change the heating system in the original plans to radiant heat, which he said would provide better heat overall and be more cost effective.
‘It’s not instant warmth, but it’s better in the long run,’ Hussung said during the meeting.
Lanesville Supt. Dr. Phil Partenheimer requested windows be added on the south side of the building to increase the natural lighting in the building; the trustees agreed.
The last change the trustees requested were adding ceiling fans to the shop room to help with ventilation and cooling.
Lake said the project was currently about $15,000 under budget, and he could add all three requests to the plans, and the project would still be under budget.
‘I think it will come in right at $80 (thousand),’ Lake said.
In November, the trustees approved a change order to build the foundation of the shop room with funds left from the agriculture classroom project.
The shop room will be used for many of the agricultural classes in which students learn small engine repair, tractor repair and rough construction projects, to name a few.
Partenheimer said the agriculture program used to be a part-time program but the school district has had increased student enrollment in the classes. The school system also receives $450 from the state for each student enrolled in agricultural.
‘It’s a program that pays for itself,’ Partenheimer said at the meeting.
Construction of the project is set to begin at the end of January, and bids are being accepted by the school corporation for the project until Jan. 11 at 2 p.m.
In other matters, the Lanesville school trustees:
‘ Made two changes to the student handbook regarding punishment to a missed Saturday detention and finding tobacco on campus. Students will now receive a full day of in-school suspension for a missed Saturday detention. Students will also be referred to the juvenile probation office if found with tobacco products to comply with a request made by the Harrison County Juvenile Probation Dept.
‘ Approved facility use request made by Pastor Pete Baumgartle of New Life Christian Church for use of the cafeteria until June 2007 for worship services. They also approved requests by Scott Royalty for registration for Lanesville Youth Little League and by Stacy Wisman, from Thrive, for a Christian youth event.
‘ Approved intersession contracts for Brian Book to teach math and Lana Dougherty to provide educational enrichment at the YMCA.