DANVILLE — The parking situation is about to improve at Danville High School.

At its Monday night meeting, the Danville school board approved a payment of $8,800 to Edsel’s Excavating to add a student parking lot. According to district Superintendent Jason Snively, the company has already started putting in a gravel lot on the southeast side of the high school building. The lot will be complete in time for the upcoming school year.

The lot will allow high schoolers to park closer to the school and not have to cross the street each morning.

“It’s all in the mission of safety and security,” said Snively.

High school Principal Ed Honabarger voiced his support for the parking lot, saying that it’ll come in handy during school plays and sporting events.

“Things around the building get pretty tight, so it’ll be a big help,” he said.

Snively said the lot won’t be paved until administrators and the board have a better idea of the district’s long-term plans for facilities.

The board voted at its June meeting to enter into an agreement with architectural firm SHP Leading Design. The firm will help develop master plans for renovating the high school.

Board member Carolyn Addair praised the company, noting that a meeting with an SHP representative the week before had gone well.

“He’s really informative and seems to know what he’s doing,” said Addair.

Snively said that he recommended the firm because it primarily works with schools, and many of its consultants are former superintendents and administrators.

The next meeting with the district’s SHP representative will take place July 30.

When asked about the administration’s long term facilities goals, Snively said he hopes to have enough in the district’s general fund during the 2020-2021 school year to do some minor classroom updates. Major renovations won’t begin until at least 2022, when the district pays off the bonds that helped fund the newer elementary school.

School administrators hope to put a replacement levy on the ballot when the bond expires, which would allow for a top-to-bottom renovation of the high school, including upgrades to the HVAC and electrical systems.

Honabarger added that while the building has good bones, its electrical system makes it difficult to meet the technological demands of a modern classroom.

“A 1939 building really wasn’t built for (modern technology),” said Honabarger. “The building is still in great shape, it just needs a couple of things here and there to get it up to the 2000s.”

District Treasurer Tonya Mickley gave an update on the financial status of the district. She said that a new system that allows parents to pay student fees online, including cafeteria fees, will be up and running by the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Mickley also shared that the district ended the fiscal year with a cash balance of approximately $497,000.

The board also accepted letters of resignation from two high school coaches: assistant varsity football Coach and high school social studies Teacher Keaton Leppla and head softball Coach Jill Lyons.

Snively and Honabarger both told the News that Lyons will continue to be involved with the district’s kiddie softball program.

“That’ll be a challenge to replace her,” said Snively. “We look forward to her continuing to be involved in the future. I don’t anticipate her walking away completely. I think she’ll be more involved in the youth program.”

The board also approved staff contracts for head golf Coach John Corbett, freshman volleyball Coach Sonya Dulaney, K-8 Counselor Stephanie Kubasky, high school social studies Teacher Cameron Smith, middle school Teacher Connie Swartzentruber and various volunteer coaches.

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An article which ran in the News July 16 stated that the Danville Local School District ended the fiscal year with a cash balance of approximately $497,000. The article should have stated that the district ended the fiscal year with a cash balance that was $497,000 higher than last year, for an overall cash balance of nearly $7.5 million. The News regrets the error.


Katie Ellington: 740-397-5333 or katie@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @kt_ellington