Porter Township plans final round of school improvements
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent December 20, 2012 9:44PM
Updated: January 22, 2013 10:14AM
PORTER TOWNSHIP — The final phase of school improvements for Porter Township School Corp. should begin in spring, now that phase 2B is coming to an end.
The final set of improvements will be made with $700,000 to $750,000 left from the bond issues from previous work.
The School Board on Thursday approved advertising for bids in spring, although it did not set a date, and it approved the Skillman Co. of Merrillville and Schmidt and Associate of Indianapolis as construction managers.
The remaining money is left from contingency money for the earlier projects and from construction bids being lower than expected.
The amount of work that will get done depends on the bids, and the school board will prioritize what will get done, Superintendent Stacey Schmidt said.
Projects include a new boiler and façade improvements at Boone Grove High School and a new storage building and staff bathroom upgrades at Boone Grove Elementary/Middle School
Also at the meeting, the board updated its policy for the use of school facilities.
The new policy will benefit those who live in the community, especially groups that make frequent use of facilities in one week.
“It’s not about making money; it’s about covering costs,” Director of Facilities Bryan Busse said.
Previously, the school system charged a daily rate from $25 for a classroom to $200 for the main gymnasium in the high school.
The new rates will be hourly, based on the classification of the renters, plus custodial fees.
The previous policy listed three groups renters fell into: school corporation organizations, groups holding meetings and any activities, Athletic Director Kerrie Schludecker said.
The new policy identifies the second group as non-profits with the majority of members in Porter Township (such as scout groups, voting or clubs like the Lions) and the third group as for-profit groups or groups with more than 51 percent of members from outside the township.
However, the schools will make allowances for Indiana High School Sports Association multischool teams that cannot have more than five members from the same school.