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Oak Hill pool loan request lowered

BY Abigail Roberts - ctreport@indy.rr.com

CONVERSE – The Oak Hill school board's loan request of $900,000 for a pool lift system was downsized Monday night in light of a new flooring plan.

After talking to three different manufacturers, the architectural company, Schmidt Associates, was able to negotiate with a company for a cheaper price. The loan request will now be for $853,749.

“We were over budget quite a bit,” said Eric Wolf of Schmidt Associates. “ ... We think this will work really well for these ideas.”

This is the second phase after phase one of fixing tiles, ramps and gutters for a total of $175,000.

“I am excited that we can find a more efficient matter of getting what we need,” said Superintendent Joel Martin.

The Oak Hill school board cannot sign any planning documents until the funding is acquired through the loan application. The board will vote to secure funds through application Nov. 14.

This new plan includes a $20,000 allowance.

“I don’t want to see that $20,000 go to another change order,” said board member Mara Catey-Williams.

The loan application is in progress. Once the application process is approved, the school board will approve the money to begin the pool work.

Additionally, Principal Shawn Means and Counselor Todd Law presented on Naviance, a career readiness solution purchased with a portion of the Lily Grant money awarded to Grant County schools last year.

Naviance provides an online platform where students can find answers to career and college readiness questions, take skills assessments and check their progress.

“My biggest disappointment with Naviance is that we didn’t have this when my kids were at these schools,” Means said.

“I certainly think it has come about in a very positive process,” Martin said.

There will be no meeting Oct. 22, 2018.