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Crawford school officials eye auxiliary gym, safe room

Crawford school officials eye auxiliary gym, safe room Crawford school officials eye auxiliary gym, safe room
By Chris Adams, Contributing Writer

Now that the construction project putting the middle school and high school back in the same building is winding down, Crawford County Community School Corp. officials are turning their attention to a possible auxiliary gymnasium and safe room at the facility.

Following a recent vote to approve the Intent to Apply for a Federal Emergency Management Agency Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant, the school corporation’s board of trustees voted 7-0 to approve Shireman Construction as the project’s construction manager.

Mark Shireman, joined by Jeff Shireman and Les Smith, told the board his company served in that role for the middle and high school project, working closely with Kovert Hawkins Architects in the design phase and examining the cost effectiveness of the materials.

Superintendent Mike Key said Kovert Hawkins has been drawing up the plans for the auxiliary gymnasium and safe room and he recommended the board approve an addendum to Shireman Construction’s contract to continue as the construction manager, contingent on funding for the project being secured.

Key noted that, like the middle and high school renovation, construction bids would be solicited.

In another matter, the board received no comments during a public hearing for the proposed 2022 budget.

After reconvening the regular meeting, the board, in separate motions, voted 7-0 to approve resolutions adopting the 2022-24 Capital Projects Plan and 2022-26 Bus Replacement Plan.

The 2022 budget is expected to be adopted at the board’s Oct. 19 meeting. The proposed budget is available for review on the Indiana Department of Local Government’s website at

In other business, the board:

Approved 6-0-1 (Trustee Paul Broughton abstained) the Crawford County Youth Baseball and Softball program’s request to build an approximately 80-by-46-foot facility on school property to provide space for indoor hitting and throwing during the winter.

The organization has secured the funding, Key said, adding the only costs the corporation would be responsible for are electricity and water.

Calling it a “win-win,” Key said the facility also would benefit the school’s baseball and softball programs.

Was reminded by Trustee Lance Stroud about his desire to create a high school welding teaching position for the second semester.

Key said he has asked Crawford County High School Principal Brandon Johnson for the number of students from the school enrolled in the welding program at Prosser Career Education Center as well as the dollar figure for the needed equipment.

Johnson said he also would like to prepare the same information for a possible manufacturing class, noting Jasper Engines and Transmission has expressed interest in the school offering such a program.

Approved, 6-0-1 (Broughton abstained), the following consent agenda items:

— The following recommendations at CCHS from Johnson: the internal transfer of Lucinda Purcell from cook to head cook; Mandi Majors as varsity girls’ basketball assistant coach; Paul Broughton as girls’ basketball volunteer assistant coach; and Brandon Feeler as varsity wrestling coach.

— East Crawford Elementary School Principal Tarra Carothers’ recommendation of Adalina Simpson as all-county girls’ basketball coach.

— The maternity leave of West Crawford Elementary School teacher Kristian Hawkins from Nov. 15 to Feb. 3.

— Assistant Superintendent and Transportation Director Jamie Smith’s recommendations of bus addendums of 10 miles for Melanie Hollen due to pickups in Perry County and 15.4 miles for Tim Fields due to restructuring of English area routes.

— Changes to the Public Employee Retirement Fund and Indiana Public Employee Retirement Services requirements.

• Voted 7-0 to approve the following personnel moves:

— The resignation of physical education instructor Kaylee Malumba.

— Billy Harris as eighth-grade girls’ basketball coach.

— Julia Griffith as middle school Booster Club sponsor.

— Valerie Wheeler as a homebound instructor.

— The internal transfer of Jennifer Huff from Title I aide to Title I student support aide, retroactive to Aug. 3.

— The internal transfer of Chelsea Sheckells from special education aide to Title I aide, retroactive to Aug. 3.

— Kimberly Novak as track coach at WCES.

Was told by Key that recent attendance numbers have been “outstanding.”

“The number of positive (COVID) cases that we’ve had is extremely low,” he said. “The number of quarantines are extremely low.”

The school board’s next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the CCHS cafeteria. A closed executive session will precede the meeting at 5:30 p.m.