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WRV school board votes to continue discussion about future of elementary schools

Friday, January 18, 2013

The idea of moving the students to one single elementary school or remodeling the current buildings is among the topics that the White River Valley Board of School Trustees will continue to look at following passage of a motion at Thursday night's meeting.

The motion made by board member Roger Weaver contains seven directives that he called a way to make the district more efficient in the future.

The board has been looking into the remodel or build possibilities for more than a year and has conducted three studies by consultants.

Weaver, the former principal at White River Valley Junior-Senior High School, says more investigation and discussion is needed.

"The school board should look at least 20 years into the future in carrying out this study," Weaver stated in saying the board should come up with a plan of action in no later than one year.

Among the components that Weaver's motion, which passed by a 5-2 vote, would like to probe include:

* Keeping the education and well being of the students as the first priority.

* Looking at the feasibility of moving all services into one central location.

* Looking at the feasibility of remodeling the (elementary) structures at the current locations.

* Looking at the possibility of appointing an 'advisory committee' to assist the school board with this study.

* Having the superintendent report to the school board each month concerning the progress of this study.

Board members Mark Downey and Andy Davis voted against the motion.

Davis suggested that the board consider conducting public work sessions to talk about the topics raised in Weaver's motion.

"It could be monthly or a one time thing," Davis said. "We really do need to look at some of these issues."

He also said while the board starts its search for a new superintendent, following last week's retirement of former Supt. Layton Wall, they might want to consider utilizing the services of the Indiana School Board's Association.

The board announced that Friday morning it would be posting to hire an interim superintendent who would handle day to day operations until a permanent superintendent could be hired.

Board president Jason Davidson, who presided over Thursday's meeting, said the job opening would be posted for 10 days and the board would conduct a special session at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 to make a decision.

Wall had served as superintendent since 2004.

He notified the board of his plans for early retirement during an executive session on Jan. 8.

Negotiations were conducted and an agreement was reached between Wall and the board.

As part of the agreement, Wall will receive payment for his remaining vacation days; a $75,000 gross payment, one year of family plan insurance including health, vision and dental; one year of life insurance coverage; payment for accumulated sick days, the VEBA and 401(a) buyout dollars.

In other matters, the board agreed to advertise and accept bids for a temporary loan in the amount of $4 million that will be paid off before Dec. 31, 2013.

Board member Davidson said this loan is something the district has traditionally done in recent years.

The board also heard a presentation from representatives of the WRV High School junior class concerning a venue for the 2013 Prom. The class was given permission to conduct the prom at Deer Park Manor in Bloomington at a cost of $150 per hour plus tables and chair rental fees.

The board also:

* Approved the re-appointment of Kim Downey as Corporation Deputy Treasurer/Payroll, and building treasurers Cathy Mowery (Worthington), Shelly Resler (junior-senior high school) and Teresa Craig (Lyons).

* Accepted the resignation of high school varsity track coach Doug Dayhoff.

* Accepted the retirement of Sharon Sloan, a 6th grade teacher at Worthington Elementary.

* Hired Matt Hockman as the high school varsity softballl coach and named Scott McHenry as assistant coach.

* Hired Kimberly Gardner as a temporary substitute cafeteria worker at Worthington school.

* Tabled a request to provide transportation to a student.

* Approved the transfer of two students to the junior-senior high school.

* Named the Rowe Law Firm's Luke Rudisell as the school board's attorney for the calendar year 2013.

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