Menominee Elementary Students Demonstrate Reading Skills to Plymouth School Board

The Plymouth School Board got an update Tuesday on first graders’ reading progress. Students from Menominee Elementary School demonstrated what they’ve learned during the first month of the school. Principal Steven Boyer explained that first grade is when students make the most progress, when it comes to reading foundation.

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Plymouth School Board Approves Use of Rainy Day Fund for Lincoln Junior High Project

The Lincoln Junior High School building project has the Plymouth Community School Corporation borrowing money from its Rainy Day Fund. Superintendent Andy Hartley told the school board Tuesday that some architect’s bills will soon be due to Barton-Coe-Vilamaa, but the bonds to pay for the project won’t be sold for another couple months.

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Plymouth School Corporation Welcomes New Teachers, Staff Members

Superintendent Andy Hartley and Assistant Superintendent Jill VanDriessche (Plymouth Community School Corporation Photo)

The new school year has brought a few changes at the Plymouth Community School Corporation. Andy Hartley has recently taken over as superintendent, while Jill VanDriessche will soon take over his old position of assistant superintendent.

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Plymouth School Board Approves Initial Artificial Turf Contract

The Plymouth School Board agreed to enter into a contract with Cincinnati-based The Motz Group to purchase an artificial turf to be installed on the high school football field.

Superintendent Dan Tyree explained that the price of astroturf products have drastically changed from the time the board discussed the issue a year ago. He said that a procurement process has changed the price. A $1 million artificial surface quoted a year ago was proposed to the board by The Motz Group at $794,600 with a seven-year, $14,000 maintenance package. Maintenance includes sanitizing and cleaning the surface annually, plus a safety inspection. The surface is guaranteed for eight years, but it can last as long as 12 years. The product would be comparable to the field installed at Warsaw High School.

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Plymouth School Board Approves Superintendent’s Retirement

(Plymouth Community School Corporation Photo)

The Plymouth School Board accepted the retirement of Superintendent Dan Tyree Monday night. The school board members praised him for his years of service and mentioned that he is leaving the school corporation better than how he found it.

Tyree has been in education for 41 years. Two of those years were spent in the Knox Community School Corporation and the rest in the Plymouth school system.

Tyree recently underwent a kidney transplant and sees priorities a little differently. Continue reading