The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

June 9, 2014

ACS board faces superintendent, Wigwam votes

ANDERSON — The Anderson Community Schools Board of Trustees is expected to act on two big community issues tonight — naming a new superintendent and approving a resolution that could decide the fate of the historic Wigwam gymnasium.

School policymakers are expected to confirm current Anderson High School Principal Terry Thompson as the next ACS superintendent and approve a three-year contract at an annual salary of $131,000, plus benefits.

Despite being named principal just a year ago, Thompson is a veteran educator who has earned accolades for both his school and community leadership.

He would succeed current interim Superintendent Timothy Edsell and Felix Chow, who retired from the position last August.

The resolution that would save the Wigwam is a more complex proposition, but, like Thompson's choice as superintendent, is one that has strong community support.

An organization called Wigwam Sports Entertainment Group LLC has been raising money to save what is believed to be Indiana's second largest high school basketball gymnasium from the wrecking ball.

Greg Winkler, director of economic development for the City of Anderson, said WSE investors believe the complex can once again become a viable community attraction. The investment group has until June 30 to raise the necessary funds.

Details of the resolution were still being worked out on Monday, but the proposal has two parts, Winkler said.

If the development group meets its goal by the month's end, the title to the building will transferred to the city and then to WSE to begin renovations.

If the fundraising goal isn't met by the deadline, demolition of the Wigwam could begin.

Like Stu Hirsch on Facebook and follow him @stuhirsch on Twitter, or call 640-4861.

Board meeting What: Anderson Community Schools Board of Trustees When: 6 p.m. Where: 1600 Hillcrest Ave., Anderson

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