2015-05-19 / Front Page

CCSC Resolution Paves The Way For $1.6 Million In Capital Improvements

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

The May 2015 students of the month for the Cloverdale Community School Corporation were recently announced. They are, left to right: CES fourth grader Andrea Nees, CMS eighth grader Kaylyn Couch, and CHS senior Sadie McKinney. (Staff Photo) The May 2015 students of the month for the Cloverdale Community School Corporation were recently announced. They are, left to right: CES fourth grader Andrea Nees, CMS eighth grader Kaylyn Couch, and CHS senior Sadie McKinney. (Staff Photo) The seven members of the Cloverdale Community School Corporation (CCSC) Board of Directors met May 11 to tackle their end of the school year agenda.

After the organization of the meeting and approval of routine matters, the board moved on to communications, hearing the announcement of the May students of the month.


Andrea Nees, daughter of Michael and Jamie Nees, has been named student of the month for Cloverdale Elementary. Andrea lists her favorite subject as math. She is active in softball and 4-H.

Mrs. MaryJo Bookwalter, Andrea’s fourth grade teacher, nominated her by saying, “When the going gets tough, Andrea keeps going! She just chips away at any obstacle in her path without skipping a beat. When confronted with a new skill that is difficult, she does not give up. Her perseverance is a wonderful quality that has her in the honor roll each grading period. She has great attitude and leads through example. She is helpful in the classroom, always one of the first to volunteer no matter what the task. You can always count on her to do her best.”

Middle School

Eighth grader Kaylyn Couch was named student of the month at Cloverdale Middle School. Kaylyn is the daughter of Mark and Sheila Couch. She lists her favorite class as introduction to agriculture. She is involved in FFA, band, and basketball. She likes to hunt, fish, and go shopping. In the future, Kaylyn would like to attend college to study agriculture.

Mrs. Chelsey Meluch said, “Kaylyn is a wonderful student and she takes responsibility for herself and getting her work done. She is also an excellent member of the FFA and works hard at each contest she has entered. She is a student that I can always depend on and I know that she will continue to do great things in high school next year.”

High School

Sadie McKinney, a senior, has been named student of the month at Cloverdale High School. The daughter of Uriah and Crystal McKinney, Sadie lists her favorite subjects as U.S. history and landscape management. She is involved in 4-H, FFA, F.C.A., and A.I.M. She likes to read, and run. In the future, Sadie plans to graduate and get into an apprenticeship.

Ms. Traci Scott noted, “Sadie is a fabulous young lady. She is always prepared for class. Last year, Sadie was my top student reader. She averages three novels a week, on her own, while still maintaining excellent grades on assigned work. Sadie is always smiling and a joy to have in class.”

After the student of the month presentation, the board enjoyed a presentation by the Cloverdale Middle School destination imagination team. The team recently won the state competition and will compete at the global finals at the end of the month in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The board next held a public project hearing.

“Due to the financial cuts that have been made recently by the Indiana General Assembly, many school corporations like Cloverdale Community Schools finds themselves in a position, turning to a lease financing to be able to complete some of the capital projects that we need to have happen in our school corporation to be able to pay for those expenditures,” superintendent Greg Linton said.

According to Linton, the board is considering the following projects and the approximate costs:

•Repairing and resurfacing all corporation parking lots, $700,000.

•HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment replacement at CHS, $250,000.

•CMS roof upgrade, $170,000.

•Replace CHS gymnasium PA system, $37,000.

•Improving bus parking lot fence from four foot to eight foot, $31,000.

•Several drainage projects, $300,000.

•Resurfacing CHS track, $20,000.

•Resurfacing CHS gym floor, $16,000.

•Camera upgrade in the press box at the football field (security), $10,000.

•Thirty-three unit ventilator removal, no amount given.

The total estimated cost given was $1,634,000.

No questions were asked by the public or board members. A vote was taken to approve the project resolution after the close of the public hearing and passed with four ‘yes’ votes, one ‘no’ vote and two abstentions. Yes votes were cast by Duane Huge, Barbara Nees, Vivian Whitaker and Rob Schroer. Abstaining from the vote were Daniel Hoffman and Donna Fidler.

The lone ‘nay’ vote came from Chris Mann who said, “I am opposing the resolution tonight, based upon the additional burden it’s going to create for property taxes, the additional tax rate and ultimately the tax bills for the taxpayers. I think some of these projects need to be done, but I am really concerned about how high of a tax rate it is for the school corporation. That is the main reason I’m opposing it tonight.”

As part of the same issue, the board approved the form of fourth amendment to the lease, allowing the superintendent to proceed with the project.

In other business, the board approved CES, CMS and CHS handbooks as well as the athletic handbook for 2015-2016, the summer band programs, and the CHS social studies textbook adoption. Several professional leave, field trip and facility use requests were also approve and one cash transfers request was approved.

In the final act of the evening, the board approved the following personnel items:


•Greg Crum, CHS biology teacher.


•Alethea Mann, CHS instructional assistant.

•Chris Elsbrock, Maintenance 

Job/Coach Reassignment

•Lil Turner, part-time CMS custodian to full-time CMS custodian.


•Rusty Bottomley, CHS band drum instructor, summer program.

•Angela Raisor, CHS band guard instructor, summer program.

•Jake Stipanovic, summer, part-time.

•Holly Ford, summer, part-time.

•Debbie Atwood, summer, part-time.

•Lacie Wiggam, summer, part-time.

•Dalton Atwood, summer, part-time.

The CCSC Board of Directors will meet again on Monday, June 8, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur C. Johnson Administration Building, located at 310 East Logan Street in Cloverdale.

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