CLOVERDALE -- On Monday, six Cloverdale school board members learned the corporation recently received a $3,400 donation from the Putnam County Foundation for its nature and fitness trail.
The board voted 6-0 to accept the donation, the second it has received from the foundation for the project. The corporation received a $9,600 donation from the foundation in November 2006 as well.
On Monday, Cloverdale Middle School eighth-grade language arts teacher and current administrative intern Katie McLaughlin said the project should be up and running by August.
"It's amazing what has been done," McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin, who is spear-heading the project, said plans call for the area to feature outdoor classroom, an amphitheater, a rock garden and an observation deck.
The nature trail and fitness area will sit in the wooded area behind the school, a 5.7-acre space located behind the high school softball field.
"It's quite comprehensive," McLaughlin said.
She said fifth-grade students, under the supervision of Kathy Moore, recently built bird houses for the project.
McLaughlin said weather has presented a problem with clearing brush and cleaning up the area, but it should be completed for the 2007-08 school year. A dedication for the new area has been scheduled for August.
Meanwhile, the board unanimously approved a measure to conduct a 1028 hearing June 11 for an upgrade in facilities on the corporation campus.
The board has looked into upgrading facilities with the help of architectural firm Odle McGuire and Shook, Indianapolis, for several months.
In April, the board conducted two informational meetings with the public regarding the issue. Current plans call for health, safety and code compliance improvements to facilities.
On Monday, Supt. Carrie Milner said the board would discuss the scope of the project in June, including what items will be addressed in the project and what items would be cut in addition to the tax impact on the community.
In other news, the board:
The board meets regularly on the second Monday of each month. Its next meeting is set for 7 p.m., June 11.