MENTONE — The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Board of Trustees applauded student success and heard an update on the Akron building project during the regular meeting Monday evening, Nov. 9.
Sophomore Camden Tucker recently completed his Eagle Scout project, upgrades to the landscaping around the Burket Educational Center. This included installing metal edging and pea gravel around the building’s foundation and the school’s memorial trees, which stand in the lawn.
Before and after photos showed some attempt had been made in the past at mulching, but there had been little else.
“It’s night and day,” board member Bryan Murphy said of the difference.
Prior to the start of the meeting, the board heard from a local pastor who applauded the school corporation’s openness to expressions of faith. He also commented on the message, “pray for our schools,” posted on the sign outside of one of the buildings.
“There’s so much pressure on school corporations to not have anything to do with God or Jesus,” he said. “So my hat’s off to this school corporation.”
The board also received a brief update on the new Akron Elementary School building. The project has been brought closer to budget, though it is still not quite where it needs to be.
Designers have finalized which walls will be concrete block and which will be metal stud. The roof will have a low slope. Installation of photovoltaic panels for solar energy is still in discussion, as far as whether to install them on the roof and, of so, which part of the roof they will go on.
Survey work has been underway as far as the drainage issue. No final renderings have been made yet to show where the drainage will run.
- The board discussed issuing bonds for the Akron building project.
- The board introduced new Tippecanoe Valley High School paraprofessional Sarah Elder.
- Student liaison Johnathon Engle gave an update on directional signage that has been installed in the high school. Students tend to laugh at it, he said, but added that visitors have found it helpful.
- Engle also applauded Tucker’s Eagle Scout project.