The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Education

February 3, 2014

Wigwam future now depends on funding

March 1 is next deadline

ANDERSON, Ind. — The future of the Wigwam complex depends on funding by several local groups to pay utility and maintenance costs.

A private investment group is in the process of raising funds to reopen the storied high school gym and has received the endorsement of a Blue Ribbon Committee appointed by Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith.

Wigwam Sports and Entertainment LLC, through the leadership of Terry Thimlar, is raising funds to revitalize the Wigwam as a sports and entertainment venue.

The organization has launched a website to provide information to the community.

The group is facing a March 1 deadline set by the Anderson Community Schools board to develop a feasible plan to maintain and operate the facility or it could be demolished in the coming months.

School officials have estimated the cost to preserve the Wigwam at up to $5.5 million and an additional $4.1 million to reopen and bring the facility back to a usable condition.

Kevin Brown, business manager for ACS, said an appraisal done at the request of the Blue Ribbon Committee has determined the building has no value. He said the property is appraised at $191,000 if the building is demolished at a potential cost of $500,000.

“We will work with anyone on the building,” Brown said. “It has to be a responsible party that has the financial resources to operate and maintain the facility.”

Brown said that ACS would be willing to turn over ownership of the Wigwam complex at little or no cost if they have the financial backing and present a practical use for the facility.

He said the March 1 deadline could be extended by ACS, but only if other groups are willing to pay the utility, maintenance and insurance costs in the future.

Those costs are estimated at between $20,000 and $30,000 per month. Brown said the school system doesn’t want to continue funding those expenses.

Text Only
Local Education
  • FEA - HB0728 - Fresh Orientation - SH Elwood freshmen learn the ways of high school through mentoring program About half the 112 incoming freshmen at Elwood Jr./Sr. High School got a jump on their friends recently by attending a freshman orientation session. Joan Mercer, an English teacher who helped organize the the orientation, said the mentor program, which has been in place for several years, has been effective in new students make the high school transition.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0727 - Teacher Blessing - 13 Church's donation a blessing for teachers Thirty teachers attended the second annual Blessings for Teachers on Saturday at Anderson First Baptist Church.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • 24th Back-to-School parade and picnic on Aug. 2 The 24th annual Ollie H. Dixon Back-to-School parade and picnic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, in conjunction with the Anderson Parks Department.

    July 26, 2014

  • Elwood schools seek election change Elwood Community Schools is seeking to change the process for the way that members of the school board will be elected starting with the November election.

    July 25, 2014

  • South Madison superintendent contract OK'd South Madison Community Schools officials Thursday unanimously ratified a new three-year contract for Superintendent Joe Buck, and approved textbook fees for middle and high school students.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vaughan, Nancy Madison County grad rates and test scores improve, but still lag state High school graduation rates and standardized test scores in English, math and science all improved among public school students in Madison County from 2009 to 2013, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • FEA - HB0721 - Rotary Exchange - JC 1 Foreign exchange program builds lasting friendships Paulina Berger returned to her hometown in Olpe, Germany on Friday, but she left something important behind: part of her heart. The 16-year-old spent a year living with three host families in Anderson as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA HB0721 ISU Normal Hall Work underway to restore ISU's Normal Hall The sounds of heavy equipment, impact drills and even a large wrecking ball are evidence of a renovation underway at Normal Hall, Indiana State University's oldest academic building.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • HHS class of '66 seeks classmates The Highland High School Class of '66 will host its 48th class reunion on Aug. 23. Contact information is needed for several classmates.

    July 19, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide