of Support Services Greg Lindy rolled out his latest to-do list of projects
at Monday’s meeting of the Duneland School Board.
projects--including $175,000 in repairs to the bus barn and refurbishments
of school auditoriums--are set for this summer and the upcoming school year.
“The paint is
falling off” at the bus barn, Lindy said. “The beams are rusting. The
ceiling is deteriorating. I think there is more rain water coming out of the
seams of the gutter than what comes out of the downspout.”
a total rebuild at CHS are the “chiller” cooling units, Lindy said. That
work will be done over the summer when summer school is not in session.
also look to replace the ballasted roofs at Yost Elementary. They will be
the last of that roof type at Duneland.
inspections and refurbishing-- to be done at select schools such as CHS and
CMS--will cost another $36,000.
Lindy said that
with the snow piling up non-stop this winter, increased maintenance of
fences, sidewalks, and parking lots will be done on a priority basis. “They
all got their spots just like the highways and streets.”
Sometime next year,
Lindy would like to refurbish seats, put in new carpeting, splash on a new
coat of paint, and install new lights behind the acoustic panels in the CMS
He would also like
to replace the stage curtains at CHS, Liberty Intermediate, and Westchester
Intermediate to ensure that they are properly fire retardant.
* Maintenance of
the rigging for the CHS stage.
* Refurbishing the
concession area at CMS with new outlets and replacing the front window area.
* Replacing the hot
water heater and expansion tank at LIS, which are about 30 years old, with a
new energy efficient system. Cafeteria remodeling is also planned for LIS.
* Lighting upgrades
at the CMS gymnasium and a remodel of the fitness room.
* Patch the CHS
football stadium’s turf where needed.
* Install new
security access systems and cameras at the entrances of Yost and Jackson
* Make continual
repairs on all DSC playgrounds.
Pruis said the
projects will be funded from Capital Projects, which was approved at $10.5
million for 2014. However, Pruis added, the fund is at 50-percent
neutralization to meet pension debt and funds will be limited over the next
two years until the bonds meet full neutralization.
In a related
matter, the board also approved the replacement of four 66-passenger school
buses and two special needs buses.
With trade-ins, the
cost for the buses total $498,944, $50,000 less than what the costs
originally were, said Duneland Director of Transportation Jim Bonfield.
Bonfield said those
costs are about $1,000 less than what they were in 2013.
In other board
business, Member John Marshall--the board’s legislative liaison--reported
that many of the bills still alive in the Indiana House and Senate may be
changed as deadlines approach. The General Assembly adjourns officially on
Ayres, a former
state representative, said that bills which appear dead have the chance to
come back in the final seconds of the Assembly.
bill that could be helpful is Senate Bill 143, which allows school districts
to be “creative” on how to refund their debt, Marshall said.
A bill requiring
school bus cameras to capture images of motorists illegally passing a school
bus is still on the table, he said, but it’s likely it will be killed.
Bills likely to go
into conference committees include one which would eliminate the business
personnel property tax. Marshall said Duneland was one of the first
districts in Indiana whose board passed a resolution denouncing the business
property tax break.
Day of Caring
In another matter,
the board received a presentation from Liberty Intermediate of its upcoming
Day of Caring on May 23.
LIS Principal Greg
Guernsey and guidance counselor Lindsey Megyesi said all fifth-grade and
sixth-grade classes are excited to participate, as each student chooses a
Visiting seniors at
Addison Pointe Nursing home, visiting with students at Jackson and Liberty
Elementary Schools, and reading to the elderly are some of those activities.
Helping out at the Duneland Boys and Girls Club, the Westchester Public
Library, the Independent Cat Society, and YMCA Day Care are others.
A few students also
shared their experiences with the board and how it has influenced their
character and self-confidence.
“I really felt like
I had done something. I gave back,” said LIS sixth-grader Alan Stirling who
used his time and talent to landscape around the entrance of the Duneland
YMCA Day Care at the middle school. “One day of caring turned into several
days of caring. In the long run, it changed me as a person.”