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January 17, 2013

Clarksville’s New Tech timeline outlined

District holds off on school resource officer vote

CLARKSVILLE — Expected progress of the district’s planned New Tech school was shown in a rough timeline at the Clarksville Community Schools board of trustees meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent Kimberly Knott showed a timeline during her report to the board that begins with preliminary decisions in staff, partners and vendors at the end of February and ending with students ready to use the facility by August 2014. The timeline shows groundbreaking on the first phase of the project to begin Oct. 1 and an opening ceremony slated for July 25, 2014.

Knott said she wanted to share the timeline with the board publicly, but reminded them that the dates aren’t completely set right now.

New Tech is a problem and project-based learning model focusing on student engagement. Releases from the New Tech Network have suggested the organization favors locating the school at the former Value City property along Eastern Boulevard.

 

RESOURCE OFFICER

The board also had to hold off on voting to hire a resource officer to monitor all three schools in the district.

Knott said after the meeting that the Clarksville town attorney had some questions regarding “nuances” in the contract, including the payment schedule for the salaried officer and indemnification on the part of the district and the town in the event of negligence.

Bill Wilson, board president, said he was disappointed the board wasn’t able to approve the officer. After the meeting, he said the board didn’t realize they couldn’t approve the position until late on the day of their meeting.

“It just kind of threw me for a little bit of a loop because I thought everything was done and so did the board,” Wilson said. “But there were further discussions [Tuesday] night and [Wednesday] between the attorneys. I think we intend to vote on it on that special meeting coming up.”

The board also unanimously approved a balanced calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, following in step with Greater Clark County Schools and the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.

The calendar brings students back to class Aug. 1 and ends the school year May 29, 2014. Andy Bramer, board vice president, said he was glad to see the district adopt the calendar and that it still looks like students will have a full summer.

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