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September 11, 2013

Walton Salin Bank building donated to Southeastern School Corporation

Walton bank building donated to Southeastern School Corp.

walton —Southeastern school board members accepted the donation of the Walton Salin Bank building Tuesday morning. The building will become the superintendent’s office.

The Walton branch of the bank closed its doors Sept. 6, but the ATM and bank sign will remain, said Jim Badger, senior vice president-director of marketing at Salin Bank.

“The Salin family has always given back to the communities they have done business [in] and that is a big reason for donating the building,” Badger said.

The school corporation will spend about $11,000 to get it going and make sure it is presentable, said Trudie Hedrick, the corporation’s superintendent. Annual insurance on the building will cost $1,000; flooring will cost $2,400 to $2,800; maintenance and repairs will cost $2,000 to $3,000 and Internet and phone access will cost $3,000 to $4,000.

The existing maintenance staff for the corporation will be working on the renovations, Hedrick said.

Monthly utilities for the building are expected to be $500 a month. The money will be coming out of the capital projects fund, where $40,000 has been budgeted for upgrades.

Hedrick anticipates turning areas of the old bank building into a board room for meetings and small teacher training or community events on the south side of the building.

“We want to make sure people feel comfortable to use the meeting space,” Hedrick said.

Board members met in a special meeting Tuesday after members couldn’t agree on a decision Monday night at a regular board meeting. Jack Cain, vice president of the board, was not president at the first meeting, making the vote tied 2-2.

Gary Akers, board president, and board member David Helms voted in favor of accepting the donation while Mary Hartley, secretary, and board member Ian Jay voted against the move.

When Cain attended the meeting Tuesday morning, he voted yes and the vote to accept the donations was moved with a 3-to-2 vote.

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