Hamilton Southeastern School Board Meeting – Jan. 28

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What happened: The board passed the consent agenda.

What it means: A handful of items were approved by the board members. These include board minutes, certified and support staff reports and listing contracts for the sale of two land parcels owned by the Hamilton Southeastern School District. As part of the reports, it was noted that Brent Farrell, previously a teacher, was hired as the Sand Creek Intermediate principal. Farrell said he taught at Sand Creek for four years, and he taught at Fishers Junior High before that.

What’s next: A consent agenda is part of board meetings and changes regularly.

What happened: Students and teachers from the Fishers Junior High School chapter of Net Literacy gave a presentation to the board.

What it means: The student group is part of the national organization, Net Literacy, that aims to increase computer access and more for others. So far this academic year, the FJH students have refurbished 35 computers. A total of 18 of the computers have been given to FJH families that meet certain criteria, including qualifying for free and reduced lunch. One of the group’s future goals is to refurbish 20 laptops bound for Haiti with Indiana University’s medical brigade.

What’s next: The group was slated to present to U.S. Representative Susan Brooks at Fishers Junior High, last Friday.

What happened: The district was asked, by consensus from the board, to continue with the design process for a cafeteria expansion project at Fall Creek Elementary.

What it means: Stuart Godfrey of krM Architects presented a feasibility study on expanding Fall Creek Elementary School’s cafeteria. Godfrey touched on different plans that were under consideration. One of the plans builds a 2,500- to 3,000-square-foot addition in an existing courtyard at the school. That addition will include a teacher’s lounge and an art classroom including storage, according to provided materials. A hallway that already exists would be relocated to expand the cafeteria, making it possible to add about 11 more cafeteria tables. The plan also includes restroom renovations and office renovations for security. The overall bill is estimated from $1,075,000 to $1,375,000.

What’s next: According to the architect’s report, they have to meet with the Town of Fishers today. Official action will be given by the board when bids are approved later in the spring, according to Marianna Richards, director of school and community relations.

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