The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Education

March 7, 2013

South Madison approves redistricting, concession stand

PENDLETON, Ind. — The South Madison Community Schools board on Thursday approved redistricting of elementary schools in the system and construction of a concession stand at Pendleton Heights High School.

According to Superintendent Joe Buck, the redistricting recommendation will affect kindergarten to fourth-graders living in the Prairie Hollow Addition and the area south of Indiana 67 and west of Indiana 9. These students currently are in the Pendleton Elementary district and will enroll in the Maple Ridge Elementary district before the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

The provision will allow next year’s fifth- and sixth-graders who live in those areas to stay at Pendleton Elementary, and the siblings of those students will have the option to transfer to Maple Ridge Elementary.

“This is a two-year transition,” Buck said. “We wouldn’t be forcing the fifth- and sixth-graders out.”

Board secretary Amy McGinnis said redistricting is part of the ebb and flow of the education system, and it’s not uncommon for the lines to be redrawn regularly as some communities grow and shrink.

“You can never assume, ‘Well, this is it, we’re done,’” McGinnis said. “The landscape is constantly changing. And the kids are resilient, they’re usually able to land wherever and do great. One of the things we’re proud of is that, wherever they go, they’re getting a great education.”

While not directly related to the redistricting, the recent hot-button topic of annexation by Anderson drew concerns from some board members. A large portion of the proposed area to be annexed lies southwest of Anderson, near Pendleton. Board President Chris Boots said half-jokingly that if the annex succeeds, “there will be no growth” in Pendleton.

“I have a dual interest on the issue, because I live near the proposed areas,” McGinnis said. “I appreciate that they’re trying to save their community, but there are a lot of things they can do within Anderson without having to come here.”

Business Manager Ken McCarty proposed the nascent plans for a concession stand near the sports complexes at the high school. The building would also provide restroom facilities and replace the need for portable restrooms at soccer games. The structure would stand over old tennis courts between the football field and a parking lot.

Martin Truesdell of Stair Associates Engineers presented a design of what the structure would look like and answered questions from the board. McCarty said he would work with Truesdell for a design then field reasonable bids for construction.

McCarty said funding for the building would come from two places: boosters and capital project funds. He said he was confident those two sources would allow the project to be completed without taking on new debt.

“We’ll work to find bids we’re comfortable with. If we’re not, then we’ll move on,” McCarty said.

Find Jack Molitor on Facebook and @AggieJack4 on Twitter, or call 640-4883.

1
Text Only
Local Education
  • ACS incumbents facing election challenge Most incumbents seeking re-election to various school boards in Madison County will be facing challengers in the November 4 general election.

    August 22, 2014

  • NWS - HB0822 - AU move in - 021 Rainy move-in doesn't dampen freshman spirit

    In the 14 years he's taken part in freshmen move-in day, Stu Erny, director of Campus Ministries and International Student Services at Anderson University, said this is the first time the weather has been unpleasant.

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0820 - Anderson Christian-SH-1 Anderson Christian School finds new home at local church

    After months of uncertainty, Anderson Christian School has found a new home at Southern Heights Christian Church, and classes will begin on Sept. 8, Tom Snell, school administrator, said on Tuesday.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0820 - Kennedy Google- JC 2 Google X captures heart, imagination of AU professor After spending the summer working at Google's secret research laboratory in Mountain View, California, Scott Kennedy has decided to stay.

    August 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0819 - Young Eagles-file Youth can fly free Saturday

    Kids can fly free again at this year's special airplane rides Saturday at Anderson Municipal Airport.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grant intended to lift college completion for 21st Century Scholars Fall classes at Ivy Tech Community College aren't set to begin for another week, but "college success coaches" from a company called InsideTrack are already contacting 21st Century Scholars to help them transition from high school to college.

    August 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0817 - Alex library Alexandria library growing When Alexandria-Monroe Public Library Director Montie Manning was getting ready to ask the city council to appropriate funds for a construction project, he decided to give the council some statistics. What he found in those numbers surprised him.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0817 - Book Nook - 22 Helping Madison County in the Book Nook

    With its warm lights, comfy chairs and jigsaw puzzles in frames on full display, the Book Nook is an inviting place to discover faraway lands, new worlds and dig into a character’s deepest thoughts.

    August 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Elwood schools election won't change this year

    There will be no changes this election cycle in how the members of the Elwood Community Schools board of trustees are elected.

    August 15, 2014

  • ACS board members seek re-election Three of four incumbent members of the Anderson Community Schools Board of Trustees have filed seeking another term of office.

    August 14, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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