Funding for renovation was a big part of the discussion at the Southeastern Career Center Board of Managers on May 8 at the career center, Versailles. Attending the regular meeting were Dr. James Roberts, Batesville Schools; Dr. Thomas Reale, Milan Schools; Stephen Patz, Rising Sun Schools; Karl Galey, Lawrenceburg Schools; Dr. Terry Sargent, Jennings County Schools; Dr. Jeff Hendrix, Sunman-Dearborn Schools; Mike Jones, Switzerland County Schools; Dr. Ginger Studebaker-Bolinger, Madison Schools; Dr. John Mehrle, South Dearborn Schools; Dr. Leanna Phillipe, Jac-Cen-Del Schools; and Rob Moorhead, South Ripley Schools. Also present were Brad Street, career center director, and Larry Eaton.
Eaton gave the board some guidance on how to fund the career center's renovation project. Street said that the HVAC cost has nearly doubled in price from the original $1.5 million to $2,968,000 projected cost. Street said the reason for the increase is due to changes in the codes for air exchange, as well as efficiency rates for air exchange. Currently, there are no bids or quotes. Street said a paint booth also needs to be replaced, which will be around $100,000. New lockers are also needed, as parts are no longer available for the ones they have that were purchased in 1966. The renovation also includes some bathroom remodeling and asbestos removal.
The total estimated budget, according to Street, is now $4.1 million, which could increase to the point of $5 million, depending on how long it takes to find funding options. Possible sources of funding were discussed were riverboat revenue and borrowing from a financial institution. Eaton recommended hiring the firm Barnes and Thornberg for around $25,000. Eaton said he would prepare a plan with some possible recommendations. A committee has been formed to assist with the recommendations. Committee members include Roberts, Phillipe, Patz, Mehrle, Street, Eaton and Steve Gookins.
Replacement of the air-conditioning chiller was discussed. Street said they are trying to put a band-aid on it to get them through until June, at an estimated cost of $110,000 to $140,000 without the bid process, which could possibly be a lower amount. A motion was made to move forward with getting pricing together via bid process for another chiller. Costs and funding options that are found to be available will be emailed out to members for review once they are received. Street added the current CPF funding formula would be used in the determination.
Street reported that there is still some asbestos in the boiler room and a couple of air-handler rooms. Two walls had to be removed in the front of the building, because the ceiling in the entryway also has asbestos. Street said he has enough funds available to pay for this summer's asbestos removal up front and collect from the participating schools later. Moorhead motioned to move forward with the first phase of asbestos removal, which was seconded by Jones. Phase two will be worked into the budget.
Moorhead addressed the board about funding for instructor training for the Project Lead the Way Engineering Academy Capstone courses to be held at the career center. Moorhead said that all of the schools were represented at the meeting when they discussed starting the Project Lead the Way Academy; however, some schools have not yet sent anyone to participate in the two-week instructor training course. He added that this is still offered to all schools. Currently, 17 students are signed up for the course.
It was agreed upon by all that the 12 attending schools should share in the cost. A motion was made for SCC to go ahead and pay for the instructions up front and invoice schools for their share. Reale made a motion to add a line item for professional development for $10,000 to the 2014 budget year so the subject will not need to be revisited. The motion carried.
Tricia Johnson presented some changes to the career center's student handbook. Johnson explained that the career center no longer does expulsions, but rather recommends removal from SCC and withdraws the student under discipline. Areas affected by the updates were search and seizure, driving permits, cell phone policy, and tobacco possession. Hendrix suggested removing the word "expulsion" from a couple of paragraphs where the wording stated "recommend removal or expulsion," which was unanimously agreed upon.
Trips were approved for two out-of-state, overnight competitions in which career center students will be attending. The first one was for the Skills USA Competition from June 24-29 in Kansas City, Mo. Eight students will represent the career center at the competition. The other was for four nursing students to attend and compete at the HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America) national competition from June 26-30 in Nashville, Tenn.
In additional business, Street presented board members with pictures of Skills, HOSA and BPA state winners, as well as a copy of the most recent career center newsletter. Minutes from the April 10 meeting, as well as the claims/payroll report, also were unanimously approved.
The next meeting will be Thursday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at the Southeastern Career Center.