TERRE HAUTE —
The Vigo County School Board on Monday awarded $918,000 in contracts to CDI, Inc. for interior renovation projects at Deming, DeVaney and Ouabache schools.
The contract for Deming is $375,000, while projects at DeVaney and Ouabache will cost $543,000.
Work will begin after the school year ends and should be completed the first week of August.
The three buildings are “sister schools with the same basic footprint,” said Richard Long, assistant director of facility support and transportation. Much of the interior work at DeVaney was completed last year; the school benefited from an addition/renovation project funded through a general obligation bond.
As part of contracts approved Monday, each of the three schools will get new carpeting, which completes work at DeVaney.
Ouabache and Deming also will have temporary, portable classroom walls replaced with permanent walls — getting away from the “open” concept — while front offices will be remodeled and reconfigured to improve security, Long said.
With front office changes, “Secretaries and staff will be able to see the front door much better for security,” Long said.
Deming also will receive vinyl tile in hallways.
The carpeting at DeVaney will be paid for through bond funds, while Deming and Ouabache projects will be funded through Capital Projects.
As part of the personnel report, the board approved Timothy Herrin as the new head football coach at Terre Haute South Vigo High School, effective for the 2013-14 school year. He replaces Mark Raetz.
In other matters, the board also approved new reading and handwriting textbooks for grades K-5.
The board also learned about a Parent Network pilot project involving parents from Terre Haute South Vigo as well as its middle school and elementary feeder schools.
The parents have met and shared information on a variety of school-related matters. The goal is to build relationships among parent volunteers at the different schools.
The goal is to expand the program districtwide for 2013-14.
Sue Loughlin can be reached at (812) 231-4235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.