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Eastern Board tables custodian director's resignation

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Eastern Greene Board of School Trustees tabled the submitted resignation of its school custodial director in a brief special meeting Tuesday night.

Bruce Hayse, who has served as custodial director since 2008, had informed the administration of his intention to resign from that position, effective Monday.

He did plan to remain at the school in a custodial position.

However, in a 4-3 vote, the resignation was tabled.

Board members Shelly Patterson, Martha Miller, Duane Long and Donald Roberts voted to table the resignation while board members Troy Fields, Mike Adams and Donnie James voted against the motion.

In other action, the board hired Debbie Babcock as the school nurse, effective immediately.

The board also approved the hiring of Leona R. Robinson as an elementary school teaching assistant for the remainder of the current school year.

The termination of June Young was approved by the board.

Following the public open meeting, the board conducted a work session dealing with school security matters.

In addition, an executive session was conducted to consider personnel and pending litigation.

Mungle said the school's lawsuit is progressing through the court.

"The dispute regarding the construction of the school is moving along through the court system. Currently, there is a trial scheduled in Greene County commencing on Nov. 4," Mungle told the Greene County Daily World. "All of the parties have agreed to mediate this case to hopefully reach an agreed settlement. That mediation is currently being scheduled and we hope that it will take place late in the spring or early summer."

In Oct. 2011, Eastern Greene School Building Corporation and Eastern Greene School District filed a civil suit against a variety of engineers, architects and contractors who built the new high school building.

The $16 million high school, located on State Road 54 near Little Cincinnati, opened in February 2008.

Named as defendants in the three-count suit filed Monday in Greene Circuit Court were: Skillman Development Corporation (Indianapolis), VPS Architecture, P.C. (Evansville), General Interiors, II, Inc. (Spencer), The Krempp Lumber Company (Jasper), and Keusch Glass, Inc. (Jasper).

The school district entered into a contract with Skillman Corp. on July 25, 2005 to provide construction management services and with VPS to provide architectural services on July 27, 2005 for the project.

The other defendants signed contracts on Aug. 8, 2006 to provide other construction-related services.

The suit asks for a trial by jury and alleges breach of contract, breach of warranty and negligence by the defendants.

According to the complaint for damages filed with the court, "The plaintiffs have incurred damages and continue to incur damages as a result of the defendant's negligence."

Each count asks the court to award unspecified costs and compensatory damages as relief.

The school has experienced what it considers to be a variety of construction flaws, Mungle said.

In addition, a section of the exterior wall of the gymnasium at Eastern Greene High School was damaged April 23, 2011 by what officials believe were high winds.

An eight-foot section of the upper outer east wall of the gym fell and remains covered with plywood and plastic while the parties seek to work out a solution.

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was there any discussion about school saftey?

-- Posted by papasan on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 4:53 PM

I wonder if he just needs a break? I see him there all the time. He is there at 7am driving the bus and then I see him at 11pm cleaning the school. Does he sleep? I would get sick of 70 hour weeks too. Good luck replacing him Eastern!

-- Posted by Easternman79 on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 7:26 PM

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