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Open house celebrates renovations

September 26, 2012
Moving forward was the name of the game at the Crawford County School Corp. Board of Trustees' meeting on Sept. 18.

The board met at the Crawford County Family Medicine facility located on the Jasper Engines and Transmissions campus at Carefree to tour the facility and discuss health care options with the Crawford County Family Medicine and partner Memorial Hospital and Health Care Centers before moving the meeting to Crawford County Junior-Senior High School where trustees and Dr. Mark Eastridge, the corporation's superintendent, welcomed the community to an open house.

Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees member Lucas Stroud, left, shares a laugh with Crawford County Junior-Senior High School family and consumer sciences instructor Danelle Manship, right, and others. The newly renovated classroom was the site of a reception to dedicate the remodeled art and FACS classrooms. Photo by Leslie Radcliff
The open house was in celebration of the recent completion of renovations done in the art and family and consumer sciences classrooms.

Faculty and community members were invited to a cake and punch reception in the family and consumer sciences room and to tour the renovated facilities.

The art room features a new layout as well as new work and storage space that is vital to the integrity of students various works as well as new lighted display cases.

"We have new vertical storage spaces," art teacher Lena Elliot said. "Those are going to help out so much because now we don't have to stack students' paintings. They can be stored to dry, and we can still use our counterspace."

The family and consumer sciences room, while similar in layout, has received a massive facelift complete with new appliances and plenty of counterspace that will allow instructor Danelle Manship to offer a culinary arts class for college credit.

"I never felt like I could offer this course before because we really didn't have the space for it," Manship said.

Now, space isn't an issue and the course will be fit into the school's growing list of college curriculum.

After moving the meeting to the nearby administration building, the board got down to some quick business.

A scheduled 2013 budget hearing commenced at 8 p.m., and the board was informed of the Crawford County Council's decision to withhold part of the corporation's annual allotment of riverboat gaming funds it receives from the county.

"This is not money we count on when we make our budget," Eastridge said. "So, this should not hurt any of our current programming."

The riverboat funds are used by the school mainly for debt reduction.

The Capital Projects and Bus Replacement plans were discussed with no comment from the public.

A regular session was held where Eastridge announced the following:

•Milltown and Marengo Elementary schools were the recipients of the Gold Star Counseling Award. Counselors Megan Smith and David Campbell were on hand to accept the award and speak to board members.

•The roof repairs to English Elementary School have been completed.

In other business:

•Motions to adopt the Capital Projects and Bus Replacement plans and Tax Neutrality resolution were passed by votes of 4-0 (trustees Lee Holzbog, Tim Jellison and Debbie Kaiser were absent).

•Clarion News reporter Leslie Radcliff gave a brief presentation about O'Bannon Publishing Co.'s Linked! publication. The monthly student newspaper includes works from Crawford County as well as North Harrison, Corydon Central, South Central and Lanesville high schools.

•John Mishler of Jackson-Jennings Co-op presented the board with a check for $150 as a donation to the FFA for the college program partnership.

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