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Green Local Schools looking to make facility improvements

3/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — Green Local School District officials are hoping to address several facility matters in the coming months.

At the March 18 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Mike Nutter elaborated on his request seeking board approval to solicit bids for classroom construction at Green Intermediate School and to resurface the track at Green Memorial Stadium, located behind that school.

Nutter said the Intermediate School is “pretty full” and officials are tracking an additional 35 new students who will enter the building from Green Primary School next fall. He also said that number could grow next year.

In September 2011, Green Intermediate began to house fourth-graders from Kleckner Elementary after that school closed in June 2011 as a way to reduce district expenses related to the aging school, which included a part that was built in 1927, according to the Green Historical Society. Third-graders from Kleckner were relocated to Green Primary.

Nutter said a former shop classroom in Intermediate School, which was once a high school, is no longer used and could be refurbished to create three new classrooms. He said he hopes to solicit bids to determine what it would cost to create the new classrooms, and would use permanent improvement levy funds to pay for the project if the board approves the plan.

Permanent improvement levy funds also would be used to pay to resurface the track at Green Memorial Stadium. The track was installed in August 2003 when the new stadium was built, according to athletic office officials. Nutter said it has never been resurfaced.

Nutter said at this point, he was just seeking to determine what the cost of each project would be and he would return to the board for approval before proceeding with any work.

Also at the meeting, district Director of Operations Wendall Jackson announced the Harlem Wizards will take on Game Green in a fundraiser basketball game April 19 at 7 p.m. in the gym at Green High School, 1474 Boettler Road. The Harlem Wizards are a basketball team that combines talent with comedy, athleticism, tricks, fancy teamwork and ball-handling wizardry to present an entertaining show. For more information about the group, visit www.harlemwizards.com.

Tickets for the show are $12 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and students, and are available in all school buildings.

Jackson said Game Green is now being formed, with staff members collecting donations to be able to play on the team. He said the teachers who collect the most would be offered a spot on the team, and the final makeup of the team would be announced in early April.

Also at the meeting, the board:

  • recognized Jared Spitznas, of Green Primary School, and Josh Atkinson, of Green Middle School, as the students of the month. Students from Green Intermediate and Green High schools were not able to attend the meeting and will be recognized next month;
  • approved accepting donations of $2,500 from Edward Cope, a 1942 Greensburg High graduate, for the purchase of manipulatives for Green Primary, and $1,000 from Graco Foundation in recognition of 50 or more volunteer hours donated by Heather and Jerry Barnes at Green Primary; and
  • approved personnel items including the retirements of Greenwood Early Learning Center kindergarten teacher Joanne McHenry and high school guidance counselor Malia Miller, both effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year; and bus driver Julie Bodish and special education aide Julie Poston, both effective June 1; as well as 38 supplemental contracts for spring sports.

The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel items, and board President Steve Foster said no action would occur afterward.

The next board meeting will take place April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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