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SWP Wraps Up 2022 Business, Finalizes Bus Bids

By Mark Spelbring

Sentinel Reporter

The Southwest Parke School Board finalized their year-end financial business, accepted remaining bus bids, and thanked outgoing board member Gary Kouns for his service at their December 14 meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Phil Harrison was unable to attend so Treasurer Leslie Shaffer briefly discussed his written report to the board.  Everything has gone well with the bond issue, which has gone through Peoples Bank, at a better-than-expected interest rate of 4.75% and which should close on December 20 so the funds should be in the corporation account by the end of the year.  Harrison’s report mentioned a credit of over $9,940 from Parke County REMC for the load shift program, and proposals for mowing bids for the 2023 year were included for approval.  School will resume on January 5, and the board’s reorganization meeting is set for Wednesday, January 11.

In approving the consent agenda, the board accepted the resignation of Riverton Parke Business Teacher R.J. Mahurin and Custodian John Tighe, and Montezuma Custodian Kris Lang; Employed Mark Frisz as Jr. High Wrestling Head Coach, along with Alyssa Fellows as 6th Grade, and Amanda Burleson as 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coaches; employed Jamie Mager and Rhonda Sudduth for Rosedale Robotics; and approved Thomas Dull and Payton Webster as Volunteer Jr. High Wrestling Coaches.

Bids for the remaining bus routes for 2023-2027 were presented to the board.  There was only one bid for each route, and they were all accepted.  A proposal for a Driver’s Education Car from Mike Alsop Chevrolet for $23,172 was accepted.  The board gave their approval to advertise for mowing bids and approved multiple authorizations for end of the year financial transfers and payments.

For the full article, see this week’s edition of the Parke County Sentinel.