Negotiations are underway construction management company to oversee the upcoming multi-million dollar Crawfordsville High School renovation project, a key step in moving the plans forward.

A selection committee is talking with Lafayette-based Kettelhut Construction, which, if hired, would provide feasibility studies, concept development, programming, move planning and other services for the project. The company has done projects for Lafayette and Tippecanoe County schools and Purdue University, among other commercial, government, medical and industrial facilities.

Two other companies were interviewed. School board trustees are set to approve a contract recommendation next month.

“That selection really now moves everything in to full gear,” assistant superintendent Dr. Rex Ryker told trustees, allowing for design meetings and other planning to begin.

In a separate project, crews plan to begin replacing the high school roof next month. Up to two-thirds of the work should be finished by October, Ryker said.

Meanwhile, discussion is continuing on providing Chromebooks to every high school student as early as next year, Superintendent Dr. Scott Bowling said. Students would use a combination of online and print textbooks.

Administrators recently visited Ben Davis University High School — where Wayne Township students can earn an associate degree along with a high school diploma — to learn how technology is integrated into the school day. 

Crawfordsville would join the rest of the county schools in providing students with a computer.

In other business, board members held a lengthy discussion on proposed start dates for the 2020-21 school calendar. Under one proposal, classes would begin Aug. 5 to allow for extra professional development training and built-in snow days. Students wouldn’t return until the following week under the second option. 

The first day of classes this year was Aug. 8. It moves up one day next year. Both proposed calendars would end the school year for students before Memorial Day.

Board members tabled action on the calendar until April.

The board also: 

• Heard second readings on a metal detector policy and a test administration and security policy.

• Approved handbooks for non-certified staff and Willson preschool.

• Approved retirements of Karen Brooks, Crawfordsville Middle School secretary; Julie Hobson, high school math teacher; and Sharen Linn, Hoover Elementary secretary.

• Accepted the resignation of Noah Moore-Benge, Hose Elementary aide.

• Accepted the hiring of Kurt Schlicher, high school social studies teacher and football coach.

• Granted a request for an out-of-state trip for the middle and high school choirs.

• Approved a request for the high school robotics team to attend a robotics demonstration day at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago April 13.

• Approved the eighth grade’s annual visit to Abraham Lincoln attractions in Springfield, Illinois.

The board’s next meeting is set for 6 p.m. April 11 at Hoover. 

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