NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education learned during it’s Monday, July 8, meeting that the district’s strategy in pricing had resulted in two bids for the house built by this year’s Building Trades class.
The winning bid of $308,000 was considerably higher than the minimum set at $291,000. The bids were opened Tuesday, July 9, for the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, the third built by the class in the Summerhill subdivision on Red Arrow Highway.
Superintendent Jeff Leslie said he and Building Trades Instructor Robert Hughes had worked hard to keep the price under $300,000 in order to attract more interest among buyers. The house was marketed through open houses and social media.
Monday night’s meeting began with a moment of silence for Steve Daniel, who died July 2. In addition to being the husband of recently retired Patty Daniel, special education secretary and McKinney-Vento liaison, Daniel was a familiar face in the NBAS community as a bus driver and clock keeper during the district’s basketball and football games.
During his remarks, Superintendent Jeff Leslie said the summer camp was in full swing, with an average of 80 campers per day. He also said the commons area where awards banners are hung is getting crowded with the district again receiving an award from “U.S. News & World Report” as one of America’s Best High Schools.
Board President Chuck Heit read a letter of appreciation from Tim King, executive director of the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, to High School Principal Wayne Butler and Choir Director Christine Beushausen for their quick thinking and competence in making sure the Performing Arts Center would be available as a back up to their July 3 concert should the New Buffalo Lions Park be too wet for the scheduled performance. Fortunately, Heit commented, the orchestra didn’t need the back-up.
Action taken during the meeting included the annual renewal of its agreement with LaPorte County Career and Technical Education Area Vocational District and approval of submitting a grant request to The Pokagon Fund to fund a presentation to both staff and students by leadership and motivational speaker Dr. Adolph Brown.
The board also hired Karla Madison as special education secretary/McKinney-Vento liaison, Beth Arvanitis as middle school secretary, Adam Lijewski as middle school football coach, Scott Syme as girls varsity basketball coach, and Lisa Tertel as eighth grade volleyball coach.