ST. LEON — Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. trustees brought in some extra money June 14 when they accepted a bid to sell the former administration building on Lawrenceville Road.
Support services director Thomas Harris opened five sealed bids, which ranged from $12,000-$20,000. School attorney Frank Kramer reminded those in attendance that whoever presented a sealed bid had the opportunity at this meeting to submit a higher bid than the top one, as long as it increased by at least $1,000.
He also noted the building would be sold as is, and it includes about 3 acres. “Once we have the highest bid, the board will have the opportunity to accept or reject it.”
Gary Buckhave upped his bid to $21,000. Then the Ken Gutapfel family topped that with $22,000. The bidding went back and forth, increasing by $1,000 each time, for quite a while, ending with the Gutapfels’ bid of $50,000, which the board accepted.
Food service director Mandy Copenhaver told trustees the wellness program is very strong, but it’s not well known. “We want to encourage teachers and staff to use nonfood rewards .... (and) want to e-mail the policy to the entire corporation. We also want to post it in each building.
“We want to work with principals to let students carry water bottles in schools where that’s allowed and do a survey with community members” to determine what they expect.
“We are working together with each of the schools to set up a table at their open houses to promote the wellness policy. We are also planning a wellness initiative to encourage people to walk and decrease unhealthy habits.”
The director proudly announced each of the SDCSC schools received the Healthy Hoosier Award this year. “You should be very proud of that.”
Diane Raver can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 114; or diane.raver@ batesvilleheraldtribune.com.