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SCS board progressing on bond issue for new preschool

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com

The bond issue for the new early education center moved forward. Chartwells’ food service contract was renewed. And the retirement of Coulston Elementary School Principal Jim Conner was finalized.

Those were the key points from Tuesday’s Shelbyville Central Schools board meeting.

The school system’s purchase of the former Marsh building and the complex it sits in on the east side of Shelbyville is complete. The board is currently sorting through the bond issues that will finance the renovation of the facility into an early education center for area preschool students, the new home of the school system’s administrative offices as well as a greatly expanded Senses gym that will take up residency in 2019.

“Right now, we’re in the bonding process which is going through all the legal (stuff) and then we will sell the bonds,” said superintendent Dr. David Adams after the meeting. “We hope to put it out to bid in June or July. We’re hoping to start construction in August.”

The repurposing of the facility is underway, according to Adams.

“The whole thing (will be worked on),” he said. “We’re not quite to all the external work yet. We’ve been meeting about every other week with Schmidt Associates Inc., an architectural group, and we’re hammering out the entire inside. We are about 95 percent there on how the inside of the building is going to be. Then we will go to the outside design. Within the next month, there should be a presentation to the board.”

Chartwells Food Service contract was renewed for another year with a 2.6 percent increase in costs.

“We are happy with our food services,” said Adams. “They are able to do things for us that we could hardly do on our own. It has worked out very well for us. It may not be for everybody, but for us, it’s worked out pretty well. We’re happy with our relationship.”

The personnel report included the retirement of Coulston’s longtime principal, effective at the end of this school year.

“We have advertised for his position and we hope to start interviewing in May and probably appoint that position in June,” said Adams. “Jim has been here forever. He’s done a great job and it’s a big loss. Hopefully we will find someone as good as he was at Coulston. He is Coulston, right?”

Adams commented on his own retirement timeline. He has previously announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

“I will be here next year so I’m guessing this summer, they will probably have a retreat and talk about it,” he said. “My guess is they will probably post (the job opening) in December or January and probably hire this time next year.”