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Leftover funds will renovate science room

The Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees discussed two building projects last week which would use funds leftover from when the board built a new gym and added five classrooms three years ago.
Supt. Phil Partenheimer said he believed $232,000 was left from funding for that project.
The board voted to accept a contract with Kovert Hawkins, an architect firm in Jeffersonville, on one of the projects and also approved the project for bid.
Once completed, the estimated $100,000 project will provide the community with a completely renovated science classroom that will seat 30 students and provide space for lab assignments.
The project includes new cabinets, lab tables, a presentation table for the teacher, along with an office and preparation room, extra storage space, new plumbing and a new floor.
‘The biggest part of it is probably the cabinetry,’ Partenheimer said.
The plumbing would be completed during the summer, he said, and the rest of the work would be completed in the evening while school is in session.
Board members raised concerns over new exhaust fans, something they said every science classroom should be equipped with. Partenheimer said he would discuss the issue with the architect firm.
Board president Donnie Hussung also clarified to board members and those attending the meeting where the funds for the project would come from.
‘Everyone understand this is leftover money?’ Hussung asked the other four board members. ‘There is no tax increase. We have to use this money on construction.’
The board also discussed a second project, estimated at $100,000, that included fixing the tennis court and resurfacing the track, but the board made no decisions last Tuesday night. (During a special meeting Friday evening, the board entertained a quote in the neighborhood of $3,000 to $4,000, from Harbeson Brothers Paving & Sealing to reseal the track to make it safer, Hussung said. Bids to install proper drainage for the tennis court then resurface it will be about $83,000, he said.) Currently, Lanesville’s track does not have eight lanes which does not meet regulations for holding meets, but board members said last week it probably would not be feasible to expand its size.
‘What we’re going to run into is seeing how far we can stretch the funds,’ Hussung told audience members last Tuesday when they raised questions regarding the size of the track and how it would be resurfaced.
In other financial matters, the board also voted to move money from the general fund into the capitol projects fund and the transportation fund to cover negative balances.
Partenheimer said the move is temporary and due to the delay of the June property tax settlement.
All three local school corporations borrowed money earlier this year to cover the shortfall in funds due to the delay in property tax revenue from the state.
The board approved the transfer of funds until they received the June settlement, which Partenheimer said he expects sometime this fall.
In other matters on June 19, the board:
‘ Voted on elementary textbook fees. Grades 2 through 6 will have a decrease in textbook fees this coming school year, while kindergarten students will see an $8.63 increase. The biggest decrease was for third grade in the amount of $25.72.
‘ Increased school lunches to $1.95 and milk to 35 cents.
‘ Accepted technology director Paul Hancock’s recommendation of Daniel Haas to fill the technology assistant position. Haas, a Corydon Central High School graduate, will work 204 days at $10 per hour until he completes his associate’s degree in computer science at Indiana University Southeast. The board said Haas will then move into a salaried position.