This Friday Jasper High School will be holding commencement exercises for the JHS Class of 2013 and the brand new Jasper High School Gymnasium is ready for the occasion.

Yesterday afternoon clerk of the works for the new gym construction project Scott Stenftenagel told the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Board the facility is now finished at least to the point where it will be ready for Friday’s evening’s events.

Stenftenagel says some finishing touches will need to be completed on the new facility after this weekend’s commencement including polishing of the concrete floors on both the lower and upper level. Glass for display cases are yet to be installed and areas that need painting among other miscellaneous items to be complete.

The new facility of course replaces the former Jasper High School gym who’s roof collapsed on the morning of May 2, 2011, after days of heavy rain caused water to build up on the 34-year old building’s roof.

Almost a year to the day of the roof collapse the Greater Jasper School Board approved plans and gave the go ahead for the construction of the new gym. Greater Jasper Superintendant Dr. Tracy Lorey says the last two years have produced plenty of blood sweat and tears poured into the project.

Meanwhile Stenftenagel says the project itself has been a learning experience and was grateful of the hard work done by all.

Stenfetenagel says the gym is expected to be officially completed by July 1st.

GRADUATION PLANS

Now for those planning on attending Friday night’s graduation ceremony, parking will be available on every side of Jasper High School with the exception of the south side of the gym where construction companies still have trailers and other equiptment in place.

Folks can use any entrance to the gym where JHS staff will be available for assistance.
Lower level seating is open only to ticket holders in which graduating students were given seven tickets for family members and friends.

The upper level will be open to those without a ticket, however school officials kindly ask that attendance be limited to family, friends and supporters of the graduates.

An open house for the public will be held at a later date.

HACKER’S FINAL MEETING

Yesterday’s Greater Jasper School Board meeting was also the final meeting for outgoing Assistant Superintendant Bob Hacker.

Hacker was hired on May 1st as the new Superintendant of the White River Valley School District in Greene County.

Hacker has served the Greater Jasper School system for the past four years first as principal of Jasper High School from 2009 till 2012 before moving into the assistant superintendent position upon the retirement of previous assistant superintendent Mike Hile.

At the conclusion of last night’s meeting the board thanked Hacker for his service to the corporation and the community.

Board Vice-President Bernie Vogler who’s worked closely with Hacker on numerous school projects the last four years credited Hacker saying he worked hard and dedicated himself towards the well being of students since his arrival.

A 1982 graduate of Franklin Central High School, Hacker earned his bachelors degree from Franklin College before obtaining his masters from IUPUI.

Before arriving in Jasper, the 48-year old Hacker was principal of South Decatur Junior-Senior High School in Greensburg, assistant principal, and athletic director at South Decatur and Belmont Middle School in Decatur and a classroom language arts teacher at Beech Grove Middle School. He has spent a total of 27 years in education.

Hacker plans to move to Greene County where he will begin his new job July 1st.

The Greater Jasper School board is now in seach for Hacker’s replacement and hopes to make a selection in the coming months.