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SCS board approves land access for community trail

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

The community trail could find its way around the Shelbyville Central Schools campus after the school board approved to allow the use of its land during Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

The board approved with a 6-0 vote to allow the City of Shelbyville to use the land for the trail, pending a Rural Communities grant that it has applied for and received in the past. Board member John DePrez was unable to attend the meeting.

Superintendent Mary Harper called it a “win-win situation” for both the city and the school corporation.

There are three options for the trail’s route around the middle and high school campuses.

The first option, starting at the Hendricks Elementary entrance, 1111 St. Joseph St., begins north of the soccer and baseball fields and runs east before veering southeast and connecting with Miller Street. It then goes south on Miller Street and connects with McKay Road before continuing east.

The second option goes further south on the Hendricks entrance before turning east in between the soccer and baseball fields before following the same path as the first option.

The final option goes west around McKeand Stadium at Shelbyville High School and wraps around the middle school and soccer field before reaching McKay Road.

Board member Gayle Wiley asked for clarification during the meeting that the board wasn’t donating the land but was allowing the city to use it.

“We’re not donating the land, just the right to go across, should they get the grant,” Dennis Harrold, the board’s attorney, said. “At this point, we’re just saying we’re willing to do this if they get the grant and the details are worked out.”

In other business, the board approved a payment of $15,477.58 to Schmidt Associates in Indianapolis for professional services on construction of the Golden Bear Preschool.

At the September meeting, the board decided to temporarily withhold the payment as a result of an unresponsiveness from Schmidt regarding construction issues at the preschool, which opened on time at the beginning of the school year but was not finished.