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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00 am

Administrative space next on EACS docket

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

With several construction projects in the works, East Allen County Schools is ready to begin the process of another: new administrative space.

On Tuesday, the school board approved Barton Coe Vilamaa to provide architectural and engineering services for first-floor renovations at the former New Haven Elementary School at a fixed fee of $85,000 in addition to reimbursable expenses.

The project is necessary to complete the administration consolidation at 800 Homestead Drive in New Haven.

The existing administration building, which is where the board meets, is steps away from New Haven High School at 1240 Indiana 930 E. in New Haven.

That won't change anytime soon.

At a previous board meeting, Chief Financial Officer Kirby Stahly said the timeline is dependent on other construction projects.

“We have so many dominoes that have to fall,” he said at that time.

In other business, the board approved Engineering Resources Inc. for a project at Leo Junior-Senior High School.

East Allen is using recently purchased land to develop an exit drive at Leo to help ease congestion on Amstutz Road. The project includes moving bus parking west of the school.

Engineering Resources will provide civil engineering services at a cost of $28,000 in addition to reimbursable expenses.

The board also approved hiring Administrator Assistance LLC for $11,750 to conduct a technology review. This will ensure East Allen is using its technology personnel effectively and that staffing is organized to handle absences. For example, Superintendent Marilyn Hissong said, the district wouldn't want to wait on something because the person responsible is on vacation.

“In a system as big as ours, we shouldn't have that,” she said.