Knox school board discusses Palmer Wing resolution

KNOX — The Knox Community School Board met to discuss a resolution to place a question on the ballot regarding a proposed project on the Palmer Wing at the elementary school.
A public hearing was held in late 2012 regarding the project. The wing is around 60 years old and is in need of repair. The proposed project is to tear down and build a new wing where the existing wing stands. The board has done facility studies, conducted tours of the wing and asked for community input into the project. The board approved a hard cap cost of $12.5 million and a total cost of $16 million for the project at that public hearing. No one spoke against the project at the hearing and two community members, Dave Bullock and Bridget Markin, spoke for the project.
As a result of the public hearing, there was a preliminary determination resolution that authorized entering into a lease with the renovation of and the construction of replacing the wing at the school, which includes the central office and technology improvements according to school corporation attorney William Satterlee.
 “Once that resolution was adopted, there was a time frame where the public could request that this project be placed on the ballot on May 7,” said Satterlee. “No one from the community filed such a request; but I think it’s in the desire of the school board to put it on the ballot so the public has a chance to vote on this issue.”
“We need a resolution placing it on the ballot and in addition to that authorizing the secretary to certify the resolution to the county election board to place that public question on the ballot on May 7, 2013,” he said.
The school messenger system is ready to be used. The messenger system will allow the school corporation to better inform the public of important information from the schools. The system’s primary use is for school delays and cancellations. More than 5500 text messages were sent out recently and the corporation received more than 2000 affirmative replies and about 49 replies declining the service. There are many pending requests still out there; however, Knox Community Schools Superintendent A.J. Gappa is confident that the more word gets out about the system, the more responses will be received. Anyone wishing to be added to the messenger system should contact the school.
The board approved the resignation of Nick Jacobs who was the corporation’s appointed library board representative. The corporation is currently looking for a replacement. Interested parties wishing to be considered for consideration for this position may submit their names to the superintendent’s office.
Jana Hazelton, cheerleading coach, brought Shelby Thomas, Chandra Krueger, Katelyn Allen and Abby Frazier, a few of the Knox cheerleaders to the board meeting to tell of their fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society.
“We sold pink T-shirts (stating Pink is the new Red) and each of us asked for donations at school and throughout the community,” said Allen.
“This is something new that we tried this year and it was a big success,” said Hazelton.
The cheerleaders raised $1198 to benefit cancer research during October 2012, Breast Cancer Awareness month.