Lawrence County Workforce Coalition Gives NLCS $50,000 Grant

(BEDFORD) – North Lawrence Community Schools was given a check for $50,000 by the Lawrence County Workforce Development during Thursday evening’s school board meeting.

Joe Timbrook stated that the grant for the Lawrence County Workforce Coalition is now expired with more than $980,000 grant money provided between Indiana Department of Workforce Development and local business partners.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development Grant totaled more than $693,000 and local business partners provided the remainder of the funds.

The grant itself was written with three primary goals/objectives and four strategies to achieve them. The primary focus was on the North Lawrence Career Center.

“North Lawrence Community Schools has benefited greatly from the cooperation between the various partnerships in our community,” said Dr. Ty Mungle, Superintendent North Lawrence Community Schools.

The $50,000 grant, along with a $50,000 match, will help with “Project Lead The Way” with all teachers receiving a kit from the program. In addition, a plan with the Boys & Girls Club will also be announced at a later time.

The North Lawrence Career Center will also launch a Law Enforcement Program during the next school year. There have been many people who have been a part of working on improving the Career Center and preparing students for future careers.

Former Mayor Shawna Girgis was one who helped write the grant in 2017.

The North Lawrence Community School board took action on other items at the meeting which included the following:

  • Approved an amendment to the high school handbook which will allow the selection of valedictorian and salutatorian to be based on a 7 semester grading period verses a 8 semester grading period.
  • Gave permission to purchase both a special needs bus and an activity bus.
  • Approved Lucas Calhoun to serve on the Bedford Public Library Board.
  • Approved Wagler & Sons to begin work on the art classroom replacement at Bedford North Lawrence High School. The lowest bid was chosen of $206,160 over two other bids.
  • Approved JA Benefits to work on creating a new handbook.
  • Approved $4.5 million in claims/payroll.

Dr. Ty Mungle gave an update on the debt services funding around 37-38 cents which is about 20 cents less than most corporations.

Future projects include the following:

Elementary Facility Updates for consideration

  • Playgrounds
  • Paving
  • HVAC
  • Roofs

Middle/High School Facility Update

  • Athletics
  • Infrastructure


  • Phones
  • Hot/Bus Wifi

The board approved to advertise contract bus routes. Bids must be dropped off by the administration building by May 11th between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on school days.

Opening of the bids will occur at Schaffer Auditorium at Bedford Middle School on May 15th at 2 p.m.

The following personnel items were approved.

New Hires


  • Alexandra Page – NLCS Food Service Child Nutrition Program Coordinator effective August 3, 2020.
  • Heidi Wagner – NLCS Instructional Coach effective August 8, 2020.


  • Gabrielle Arthur – BNLHS Head Varsity Volleyball Coach effective May 1, 2020.
  • Kaylee Rynders – BNLHS Head Cheer Coach effective May 1, 2020.


  • Lori Cummings – Resigning as BNLHS Head Cheer Coach effective March 20, 2020.
  • Julia Hudelson – Resigning as BNLHS Freshman Cheer Coach effective March 20, 2020.
  • Maria Noyes – Resigning as Joint Services – Orleans Elementary Resource Teacher effective end of the 2019-20 school year.
  • Amy Scarpellini – Resigning as BNLHS Key Club Co-Sponsorship end of 2019-20 school year.
  • Ya Ting Yu – Resigning as Joint Services Psychologist Intern effective March 27, 2020.

Medical Leave Requests

  • Stephanie Carmichael – Requesting medical leave effective on or around August 19, 2020.