The design phase for the Crawfordsville High School renovation project is complete, and crews will soon determine the final scope of the plan for upgrades to the 26-year-old campus.
School board trustees received an update on the project Thursday during a regular meeting in the administration building. The estimated $10 million project calls for a new secure building entrance and visitor waiting area, along with improvements to classroom wings. The security camera network and fire alarm system would also be upgraded.
The project’s architect and construction management firm will begin seeking cost estimates, assistant superintendent Dr. Scott Ryker said.
Summertime construction work is now underway elsewhere in the district. Crews are replacing countertops at Hoover and Nicholson Elementary and replacing Hoover’s HVAC system.
Ryker also reported that the district will re-examine the unpaid school lunch policy amid national news reports and social media posts about children being shamed for not having lunch money.
Part of the study involves determining total figures on unpaid lunches.
“It hasn’t really been a big issue here... so we’re just trying to stay ahead of the game,” Ryker said.
Board trustees also approved the annual application for technology upgrades through the Common School Fund. The money will pay for new projectors at the high school, replacing Hose Elementary’s iPads and routine software upgrades.
In other business, the board:
• Approved Craig Callahan as the middle school’s new assistant principal.
• Approved hiring the following teachers: Kelsey Feese, Nicholson music; Dana Hunt, third grade; Michael Jones, high school math; Anthony Nicolia, Hoover music; and Ethan Utterback, middle school English and language arts.
• Approved hiring Amanda Baitz, Leah Logan and Wendy Snelling as occupational therapists.
• Approved hiring Mikaela Girdler, Nicholson aide; Neelam Kiran, Hose special education aide; and Taneille Lowe as Nicholson school nurse.
• Accepted the resignations of the following: Chris Amidon, high school nurse; Mackenzie Brazas, first grade teacher; Kristine Harrington, high school special services; Todd Handlogten, in-school suspension assistant; Micha Lisby, Hose aide; Peg Miller, Hose receptionist; Emily Tucker, middle and high school choir director; Shawn Verhey, Hose P.E. assistant; and Christian Webb, Willson aide.
The board’s next meeting is 6 p.m. July 11 in the administration building, 1000 Fairview Ave.