The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


March 15, 2014

Viewpoint: More questions for South Madison school board

Some questions presented to the South Madison Community School Corp. (HB 1/30/14) have been answered, but more have surfaced.

There is a debt of $94,697,123 at $20,890.61 per student. Eighty-eight acres, for new middle school, were purchased at $27,000 per acre. Before 88-acre purchase, 80 acres purchased at $14,000 per acre, but not used.

Three superintendents have been released between 2001-2011, information on contract settlement is kept secret.

Feb. 20, 2014, School Board meeting presented a report by STAIR Associates. Plans were shown to add two classrooms, storage room, resource room, and hallway to the existing Intermediate School, along with 30 new parking spaces, all, after demolition of the 1936 high school. Chris Boots’ suggestion to add more classrooms to the plan was discarded. This is Phase 2 of the Intermediate School Project, which will begin June 2014.

Testimony at the Aug. 20, 2013, Pendleton Historic Preservation Commission meeting contradicts the above plans. When asked what will happen to site if demolition of the high school is allowed. “SMCSC has no plans at this time, due to the delay,” refer to resolutions from 7/11/13. (Quote from HPC, 8/20/13 minutes).

As taxpayers, we are impressed with Chuck Brembury, school superintendent, Peru (HB, 1/27/14) who displays strategic visionary thinking. His suggestion: schools laden with debt abandon big ticket items and use current resources.

Our suggestion: sell the “Taj Mahal” Administration Building, and return it to the tax rolls, use the 1936 high school for the administration and needed classrooms, and accept the offer of donated land, by Town of Pendleton, for bus parking.

James Butler, Linda Castor, Kevin Kenyon, Becki Lowe, Helen Reske


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    July 26, 2014

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    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Reservoir promotion has circus approach P.T. Barnum is starting his tour to promote the reservoir by going to all the towns surrounding the dream. Rob Sparks is this town's P.T. Barnum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Repentance is key to surviving times What happens to a nation that refuses to repent before God? What happens to a nation that had strong Christian beginnings, but now more closely resembles Sodom and Gomorrah?

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Anderson's annexed areas still lack business On July 10, 2014, at the Anderson City Council meeting, the executor of the estate was shut off from speaking, because she did not live in Adams Township, and the person from Adams Township tried to get up and speak was not allowed to. The council rushed the vote for zoning the land for business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Letter: Birth control, abortion should be woman's choice Why are Republicans so gung-ho on restricting birth control and abortion? That's easy. Republican legislators are so unpopular because they don't legislate and literally block all bills that would help the middle and lower income classes.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bannon, Tom Viewpoint: Paramount is an investment that is paying dividends About 25 years ago the citizens of Anderson made a decision that would have a long lasting impact on the community. Instead of saving the old Paramount Theatre, which had fallen into serious disrepair, it was decided that the easy and prudent decision was to get rid of the building to create additional downtown parking. Shortly after the Paramount came down, the community got rid of another abandoned structure when the old Carnegie Building, which was the former home of the Anderson Public Library, was torn down.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: Wall Street should not be in politics Talk about corruption, ponzi schemes, we're looking at you, Wall Street, controlling the prices of our food, gasoline and clothing we must buy and about every company in America — while trashing President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Plan, along with every Democrat, to influence our elections, at the same time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: 23 Relay for Life teams raised $40,000 As chairs of this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Madison County, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.

    July 17, 2014

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