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5/11/17

"MCS awards Anderson renovation contract over objections"

The Madison Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees voted to move forward with the renovation of Anderson Elementary School despite local objections regarding E.O. Muncie Elementary School.
The board voted 3-2 to award the $180,000 contract for the project to Nomi Design, with board members Joyce Imel, Carl Glesing, and Linda laCour voting for and Rob Kring and Jeanne Dugle voting against.
Prior to the vote, local attorney Merritt Alcorn spoke on behalf of a local group of former educators against the awarding of the contract. Alcorn called attention to affidavits the group previously submitted to the board alleging members of the MCS administration worked to sabotage maintenance of the E.O. Muncie building. Alcorn said the Anderson project has been brought about by illegitimacy, and moving forward without investigating the affidavits would be a waste of taxpayer money.
Board Member Rob Kring said the project should be halted until an outside investigation of the allegations could be conducted. Kring said by having an outside source investigate it shows the board takes the allegations seriously and dispels public distrust. Jeanne Dugle said she still wanted to see architects review possible renovation options for the E.O. Muncie property. Linda laCour said the district has known E.O. Muncie has been in poor shape for several years now, and something had to be done to provide a safe environment for students.
Near the conclusion of the meeting, Board President Joyce Imel discussed the board’s response to the affidavits concerning alleged neglect of the E.O. Muncie property. Imel said an internal investigation conducted by MCS Director of Finance Bonnie Hensler showed no evidence of improper action by Superintendent Dr. Ginger Studebaker-Bolinger or Director of Facilities Mike Frazier. Imel said the affidavits were sent to the Indiana State Board of Accounts in accordance with law, and the ISBA will conduct any further investigation if deemed necessary.
The Anderson building is to be ready in time for the 2018-2019 school year.

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"Storm damage reporting available online"

Hoosier homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that sustained uninsured damage caused by severe storms and flooding starting on or after April 26 can report damage online.
A link to the form is also available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website. In the middle of the page under "Featured Topics," click on "Report Damage from Severe Storms and Flooding – April 26 and continuing".
Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.
For questions, contact your county emergency management agency.

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"Ripley County Sheriff's Office hiring"

The Ripley County Sheriff's Office currently has openings for two male Jail Officers. These positions are both for the night shift. Applicants must be 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Salaries start at $28,854, with benefits available. Apply in person at the Ripley County Sheriff's Office Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applications are also available on the sheriff’s office’s website. For more information, call 812-689-5558.

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"Salvation Army registrations coming up"

The Salvation Army of Jefferson County will be holding registration for camp and back to school distribution events. The Salvation Army hosts a fun, affordable, and adventurous camp experience for kids of all ages. Come to one of these registration events to find out more. Registration will be held May 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army, May 16th from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. at the Madison Village, and May 19th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army. For more information, call Lieutenant Brenna Lee at 812-265-2157.

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"Hanover College to host film festival at Ohio Theatre"

A film festival featuring documentaries spotlighting events and organizations in Madison and at Hanover College will be held at the historic Ohio Theatre, Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Following the screenings, a brief question and answer session with the various filmmakers will be held. Sponsored by the Hanover College Student Broadcasting Association, admission to the event is free and all members of the Hanover and Madison communities are invited to attend. The Hanover Goes Hollywood Documentary Film Festival will feature three headlining documentaries. There will also be additional short documentary pieces screened throughout the night.

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