Archive - May 2011 - News Article
South Adams Schools Superintendent Scott Litwiller said during this week's school board meeting that there have not been any bids submitted on the former Berne elementary school property.
Bidding was opened May 2 for the entire tract of real estate which totals 4.815 acres. Bidding will close at 3 p.m. on June 1. After the open bidding period ends, board members will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. that day to review the bids and to possibly accept a bid.
The Adams Central school board authorized paying a $1,007,102.83 check for the school's construction and renovation project at the May meeting of the board, then heard a progress report from Barry Ehinger, the overseer of the work.
The money goes to Weigand Construction of Fort Wayne, prime contractor for the design-build project.
Sister Margaret Rose Donnelly, SSND, 76, of Decatur, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Her body will be received at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2011, immediately followed by the reciting of the Holy Rosary.
Less than two years following a controversial reconfiguration of classrooms throughout the North Adams school district — and the closure of one elementary school building — a member of the North Adams school board has proposed another realignment of building uses.
Three surveys of 1,136 people in the Adams Central area were recently taken by AC's curriculum director, Anna Spalding, to gauge the reaction to the policy begun last August of delaying the start of school each Wednesday for 30 minutes so teachers can have a weekly 45-minute professional development period.
Caylie Yoder last summer saw first-hand the lingering devastation caused by the 2008 hurricane on the island nation of Haiti. She will be returning next month as part of a contingent from South Adams Schools that is traveling to Haiti with a water purification system that will improve the lives of residents there.
Yoder, a senior at South Adams, went to Haiti last summer with a group from the Bridge Community Church. She told members of the Berne City Council at their May 9 meeting of the lack of basic sanitation and clean water.
Nate Andrews traveled nearly 90 minutes to Decatur on Tuesday evening, along with his wife and young daughter, to meet his prospective new employers and to witness his official hiring as Bellmont High School's new head football coach.
He left Decatur some two hours later, visibly upset after the North Adams school board — in a deeply divided 3-2 vote — barely approved his employment.
A non-violent incident at Adams Central High School on Monday brought about the suspension of a student.
A sophomore made a remark to another student in regards to "Columbine at Adams Central Schools," Superintendent Mike Pettibone said Tuesday. School officials reacted immediately upon hearing of the comment, "but found no evidence that this was not more than a very inappropriate statement," according to Pettibone.
Guidelines have been set for a random drug testing policy at South Adams Schools that will be implemented beginning next school year.
Superintendent Scott Litwiller said at Tuesday's board meeting that a committee met several times and "the guidelines are probably as complete as they can be until we get into it [the practice of random drug testing] a little bit and then we can tweak them."
The Adams County Commissioners unanimously agreed on Monday to lift the county hiring freeze and allow the Adams County Extension Board to fill a vacant Purdue Extension Service educator position.
However, Commissioner Doug Bauman told a large group from the extension system in the county that the extension board must "be really, really creative" and "do a sales job to the county council," which provides part of the pay for that educator and also establishes the county's budget every year.