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New assistant principal at Tri High

The South Henry School Board hired Shay Bonnell, right, Tuesday evening to be the new assistant principal at Tri Junior-Senior High School. Bonnell is pictured with Tri High Principal Scott Widner, left.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

A new face is coming to the halls of Tri Junior-Senior High School.

The South Henry School Board approved Shay Bonnell as the new Tri High assistant principal during Tuesday’s board meeting.

Bonnell comes to town from Lewis Cass Schools, where he was the junior high and high school principal.

Bonnell’s two-year contract is for $70,000 a year for 203 days per year.

“I appreciate your support, and I appreciate your faith and confidence in me,” Bonnell told the school board after their vote. “I’m pretty excited about being here.”

Bonnell officially started Wednesday morning during student drop-off.

Like other local government agencies, the South Henry School Corporation has been busy preparing their budget for 2019.

Business manager Amy Milner told the board Tuesday that the proposed budget is just over $7 million for next year. This includes about $770,000 for debt service, $78,000 for pensions, $4 million for the Education Fund (which replaces the General Fund) and $2.3 million for the Operations Fund. The new Operations Fund replaces the old Capital Projects, Bus Replacement and Transportation Funds.

“That is the budget that will be published on our website and what will be hopefully adopted on Oct. 23,” Milner said.

The next South Henry School Board meeting is 7 p.m. Oct. 9. During that meeting, the board will host a public hearing for the proposed 2019 budget.

The board will have a special meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 to consider adopting next year’s budget.

The school board gave Superintendent Wes Hammond permission Tuesday to start the application process to get a Common School Loan from the state to complete improvements at Tri Elementary School.

Hammond said the additional money could let South Henry remodel the front entrance of the elementary school to increase security, similar to what they are already planning for the high school building.

The board’s action does not mean that South Henry is going to actually request another loan, Hammond said. It just allows his office to start the process in case the school board wants to apply for it later.

South Henry administration has also started the annual collective bargaining process to work out contract details with Tri teachers.

School board members Casey Carmichael, Beth Carr and Terry Irwin volunteered to represent the board on the collective bargaining committee.

The school board also approved the review process for certified staff and the benefits packages for non-certified staff. Hammond said these are basically the same from the previous school year.

In other business, Hammond praised the work of past Tri High graduates for the efforts they have made toward creating a Tri Alumni Association. The grads are also working on a celebration for the 50th anniversary of Tri Elementary and Tri High.