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May 17th, 2013
Allied Specialty Vehicles, parent company of Fleetwood RV in Decatur, on Thursday announced the purchase of the Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision recreational vehicle businesses from Navistar, Inc.
Production of the Monaco RV and Holiday Rambler lines will be moved from Wakarusa in Elkhart County to Decatur and could lead to 100 or more new jobs in Adams County starting in 2014, according to company officials.
"I feel for the folks in Wakarusa, but I am very happy for Decatur," Mayor John Schultz said this morning of Fleetwood's expected expansion. "This is nothing but good news. It shows the confidence Fleetwood has in Decatur, and we will do whatever we can to assist them in the transition and going forward."
With four teachers opting for the retirement incentive package offered by Adams Central last month – which gave qualifying teachers a onetime payout of $15,000 – several personnel moves were presented, and approved, by the AC Board of Education Tuesday.
Jon Johnson was hired as the new geometry/algebra I teacher for the 2013-14 school year. This position includes teaching all high school geometry classes as well as algebra I End of the Course (ECA) remediation classes.
The city of Berne is poised to take the lead in establishing Adams County's first enhanced tax abatement program — a move that would grant qualifying firms who are making a substantial investment in the community up to five years of freedom from all real estate and personal property tax liability.
In an effort to shore up a depleted roster of bus drivers, the North Adams school corporation is contemplating an increase in the pay rate offered to substitute drivers.
In his written report to the board on Tuesday, transportation supervisor Larry Carty recommended increasing the rate paid to substitute drivers to $57 per day.
Carty said the pay hike was a 50 percent increase over the current rate, but still falls short of the fee paid by some surrounding districts.
The Adams County Council decided at its monthly meeting on Tuesday to join the county commissioners to form a Courthouse Project Committee. The committee will meet at 7:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to make decisions regarding the courthouse.
Bellmont High School has been selected to serve as the site of a pilot program that will provide free training for current members of the local industrial workforce.
The Adams County Industrial Maintenance Training Program, a collaborative effort between Ivy Tech Corporate College, WorkOne and the Adams County Economic Development Corp., is designed to provide continuing education to incumbent employees in specific subject areas identified by county industrial employers.
Preparations are under way at Adams Central to bring the school into compliance with the new Affordable Health Care Act that will take effect in January, 2014.
Incoming Superintendent Dr. Lori Richmond, along with corporation Treasurer Pam Hawbaker and Secretary to the Superintendent Heather Schaffer, spoke with the AC Board of Education Tuesday about the new health plan and what it will mean for AC.
South Adams Superintendent Scott Litwiller updated the school board on the status of end-of-year testing at the board's meeting last night.
Litwiller said that, like the other schools in the county, South Adams experienced some glitches during the first round of ISTEP+ testing, including students having trouble logging on to the network, getting kicked off the network, and having to wait minutes before the next question would appear.
The Adams County Commissioners on Monday voted to adopt the new wind ordinance, specifically as it deals with the construction and use of wind turbines in the county, with the amendments they suggested last week.
County Attorney Mark Burry performed the final reading of the wind ordinance at the commissioners' weekly meeting, and the commissioners adopted it with the above amendments.