Zionsville Community Schools outlines stance on development, approves bids for summer repairs

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Compiled by Desiree Williams

The Zionsville school board met Feb. 13 to outline its stance on development in Zionsville and Whitestown, approve bids for summer maintenance projects and more.

What happened: The board approved a resolution to reaffirm that the school board does not have a direct role in zoning or planning decisions.

What it means: The resolution states that when asked, ZCS will provide information on how potential developments in Zionsville and Whitestown could affect the district financially, but it does not weigh in on whether it believes a project should go forward. “We’ve always said we’re neither for or against, but we will calculate as best we can using our computer models what the financial effect of such a development might be on our school corporation,” ZCS chief financial officer Mike Shafer said.

What’s next: Zionsville and Whitestown governing bodies are asked to consider the fiscal impact information provided by ZCS when making development decisions.

 

What happened: The district awarded bids for summer repair work and maintenance at several campuses.

What it means: The projects include new roofs at Pleasant View and Eagle Elementary schools, a new HVAC at Pleasant View, Zionsville Middle School tennis court upgrades and playground repairs at Union Elementary. Safety upgrades will also be made at multiple campuses.

What’s next: Work is expected to take place from May 1 through the end of August.

 

What happened: ZCS Chief Academic Officer Jenny Froehle presented the results of the teacher evaluation program from the 2015-2016 academic year and annual state ratings.

What it means: Out of 340 teachers, 40.2 percent received a rating of highly effective, with less than one percent rated as needing improvement and none rated as ineffective. The state rated all schools in the district with an A, except for the middle schools, which received a B. “Only 23 school corporations in the state did receive an A so that was something we were very pleased with,” Froehle said.


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