News and Tribune

May 23, 2013

Greater Clark changes map course

County GIS maps out of date

By JEROD CLAPP
jerod.clapp@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE —

Synching up with the county’s digital maps won’t help Greater Clark County Schools save money on gas, since they’re two years out of date.

At the district’s board of trustees meeting on Monday, chief financial officer Tom Dykiel said a plan to use Clark County’s geologic information system could have helped save money on bus routes, but got scrapped because of inaccurate information.

“We have streets that are going off into wilderness areas that aren’t really wilderness areas [on those maps],” Dykiel said. “Our map that we have currently is not accurate.

Instead, he said they’d hire a company to redraw the maps for them. Otherwise, their transportation department would have to revise the placement of every street on those maps, which would take much longer than hiring experts.

Superintendent Andrew Melin said the county has grown since the GIS maps were last updated and students live on streets that haven’t yet been uploaded.

“The first and foremost thing we must do is make sure we have an accurate map,” Melin said. “Over all the years with the development that has occurred in our school corporation, we’ve just been dealing with maps that haven’t been updated.”

Dykiel said Versatrans, a school bus software management company, would put the maps together for the district, but they won’t be ready in time to use for the upcoming school year. He said they’ll take a month to draw up the maps.

The board also unanimously approved a contract to repair the roof at New Washington Elementary School. The total cost of the project is $869,327, completely covered by the district’s insurance.

Christina Gilkey, board president, said though it’s not coming out of the corporation’s budget, it’ll still hit them financially down the road.

“There’s another end to that,” Gilkey said. “After insurance pays, they usually increase our premiums, so it’s not like we’re completely unscathed there.”

The board also unanimously approved advertising an additional appropriation to the general fund. Dykiel said they’d advertise moving $123,288 from their school pension debt fund and the full amount of their rainy day fund — $4,285,384.

Dykiel said they won’t use the entire amount of the rainy day fund, but they’ll need some of it to make up for a deficit in transportation and other areas.