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Schools ask county for $2 million

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners heard a request Monday morning for $2 million from riverboat gaming funds for the three county school corporations to be split according to enrollment.
The county has approved gaming funds to support education since 2000.
Dr. Neyland Clark, superintendent of the South Harrison Community School Corp., presented the corporation’s request, which was just more than $1 million. It again includes free textbooks for all South Harrison students, a feature Clark said parents appreciate. The request also includes $150,000 for full-day kindergarten.
Commissioner Terry Miller asked about the results of the program, to which Clark said it has been a great success.
‘We’ve had some first-graders reading at ninth-grade level,’ he said.
Nearly a quarter of the request from South Harrison will be spent on security measures. Upgrades in the surveillance systems and new installation of cameras on the Corydon campus will total an estimated $200,000. Digital cameras will be installed or replaced on all buses with a price tag of $25,000.
Other program requests from Clark were for the alternative school on the South Central campus, $80,000; tuition reimbursement program, $20,000; professional development opportunities, $30,000; technology needs, $225,933; dual-credit program, $25,000; and community relations, $25,000.
‘I don’t know if you or anyone else truly realized the impact this funding has had,’ Clark said. ‘These programs would not be able to be provided.’
Randy C. Barrett, interim superintendent at North Harrison Community School Corp., said one of the projects he wants to complete is moving the middle school’s main office to the front of the building, where the library is located. Barrett said the switch needs to be made for security reasons.
Barrett presented the following requests for his corporation: full-day kindergarten, $175,000; technology needs, $200,000; tech staff development, $22,000; summer school, $160,000; high school and middle school band equipment and supplies, $25,000; school security, $65,000; repairing of track fence, $30,000; library books for elementary schools, $3,500; welder for industrial property, $3,500; and a fence for preschool playground, $18,252.
Sam Gardner, Lanesville Community School Corp.’s interim superintendent, asked for funds for driver’s education, $15,000; technology needs, $44,000; early intervention programs and enrichment, $90,000; and support for the high school’s advanced placement language arts program, $20,000.
The board sent the request, out of the riverboat education fund, to the county council for review.
In other matters Monday, the board directed county engineer Kevin Russel and Jason Copperwaite of Paul Primavera and Associates to create a design plan for the widening of Corydon-Ramsey Road from S.R. 62 to S.R. 337.
Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes said it will be a tough project to secure right-of-way for but is one that is long overdue with the congestion around the Wal-Mart traffic signal and the need for a better road leading to the hospital.
Also, Russel said the one project that has a chance to receive stimulus funds is the relocation of the Rothrock Mill bridge to the Indian Creek trail site in Corydon.
Commissioner James Goldman, later in the meeting, said he plans to report to the council about the old Wennings property in Central Barren. Goldman said he knows someone who is willing to buy three acres of the property.
The commissioners will next meet Monday night, April 20, at 7:30 at the courthouse in Corydon.

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