Scott Spillman To Succeed Lynda Carlino at HSE S.P.O.R.T.S.

Scott Spillman

The baton is being passed to a new leader at the local nonprofit organization HSE S.P.O.R.T.S.  Lynda Carlino is retiring at the end of the year and Scott Spillman is now assuming the position of S.P.O.R.T.S. Executive Director.

Scott Spillman grew up in Fishers and was the Sports Development Manager for Hamilton County Tourism before coming to S.P.O.R.T.S. and has served as the Assistant Central Region Director for Little League baseball and softball.

HSE S.P.O.R.T.S. runs most youth sports programs in the area served by the Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) School District


HSE Schools Foundation Announces Grant Winners

The Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) Schools Foundation reviewed $80,000 in funding requests from local teachers, and announced the winners of those awards at the Wednesday night board meeting.

Below is the listing, as provided by the HSE Schools Foundation.


Kelli Servizzi (BSE) Making Math Child’s Play 
Student Impact: 250
Fun, intentional, and engaging math experience in preschool matter.  For 3‐ to 5‐year olds, most of their learning occurs through opportunities to play.  Math can be seen on the playground, during music and movement, in the dramatic play area, and at home.  Math take‐home bags can extend learning and involve families in their children’s education.

Lori Smith (FCE) Mobile Learning Lab 
Student Impact: 625
Students are future artists, mathematicians, scientists, architects, explorers, programmers,and specialist of the future.  This project creates an innovation lab to add to the related arts.

Julie Vairo (FCE) Fall Creek Community Trail 
Student Impact: 634
This will create an accessible trail in the wooded area behind Fall Creek Elementary.  Students will gather for instruction and create a wetlands area with board walk access.  Supported by Tri Kappa, Boy Scouts, and Hamilton County Parks Department.  This project may be eligible for district matching funds.

Lisa Harvey, Kristen Beinecke, and Susan Galliher (GES) Great Gator Outdoor Learning Project 
Student Impact: 800
Student led project to create an outdoor “excavation” site.  Students will experiment with moving soil around to effect the path of water, using collaboration and cooperation.  Exploration will continue in the areas of environmental science, process in nature, and paleontology.   This project may be eligible for district matching funds.

Jamie Howard (HRE) Beekeepers
Student Impact: 700
Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many animals rely on for food and shelter.  This student‐led, inquiry project encourages students to investigate honey bees culminating in the three phases of project work.  Study will include developing questions, studying
habitat and bee behavior, and documenting learning.

Lori Mankin (NBE) Nature’s Classroom
Student Impact: 300
Greenspace provides the perfect natural environment for tying together important work in the district.  Nature’s classroom promotes authentic play, inquiry, collaborative and community‐based opportunities aligned with HSE21. This project may be eligible for district matching funds.

Angel Myers (NBE) I Want to Be an Engineer! 
Student Impact: 25
This project welcomes young learners to the field of engineering.  Children will be engaged in collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.  The hands‐on experience will help students move through a design process creating a positive first interaction with STEM.

Bryan Alig (SCI) Shark for Sharks 
Student Impact: 971
A 325 hundred gallon salt water aquarium has been installed for students to student a living environment.

Jennifer Suskovich (SCI) Light My Class with Solar Energy 
Student Impact: 110
Student Led Philanthropy Project – Zimmerman Moeller Fund
Students will use solar energy to power the lights in the classroom.  Using knowledge of seasonal daylight movement, students will investigate the locations that provided the maximum amount of solar energy.

Amy Knerr and Michelle Bunnell (RSI) We the People 
Student Impact: 160
We the People promotes civil competence and responsibility for HSE humanities students.  This project brings the famed program to the intermediate level.

Daniel Loomis (FCJH) Treadmill 
Student Impact: 800
Regular exercise aids the classroom in that students who regularly exercise perform better academically, sleep better and are sick less often.  This project will begin to build a cardio room at Fall Creek Junior High.

Adam Brown (FCJH) Human Battlegrounds 
Student Impact: 125
Students will explore the microbial world of viruses, bacteria, and parasites as well as how they interact with the human body and its defenses.  Students will have the chance to grow bacteria, learn how to identify them by real life lab processes and formulate testable hypotheses.

Nick Tschuor (FCJH) New Digital Media   
Student Impact: 500
This project will facilitate the creation of a digital media class at the junior high level providing authentic classroom demonstrations, differentiation, and collaboration with fellow students and educators.

Elizabeth Good (FHS) Project Lead the Way Upgrade 
Student Impact: 400
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. The program’s courses engage students in compelling, real‐world challenges that help them become better collaborators and
thinkers.  Students take from the courses in‐demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school
and for the rest of their lives, on any career path.

Jennifer Pope (FHS) Focused Success 
Student Impact: 50
One of the key factors in sustained focus is the need for body movement.  This project incorporates the use of standing desks, seating discs, and standing pads into the classroom to improve focus and alertness.

Janet Chandler (HSEHS) We the People 
Student Impact: 60
We the People and Mock Trial team allow students to immerse themselves in the Constitution, law, government and civics education.

Jagga Rent (HSEHS) Black Student Union
Student Impact:  25 ‐ 3400
The goal of the Black Student Union is to celebrate the African American culture, to educate HSE stakeholders about the culture and to unify our school campus through programming.  This project will support student programming and marketing efforts including a mentoring program with Hoosier Road Elementary.

David Young (HSEHS) HSE Student Media 
Student Impact: 30
This project expands school and community connections by developing a streaming sports broadcasting program.  Students will gain hands‐on knowledge of mass media, journalism, photojournalism, newsroom production and broadcast journalism.

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Erin Duros (HRE) Anything you can dream, you can weave 
Student Impact: 700
This project fosters confidence for all students to be artists while providing hands‐on learning, critical thinking, visual thinking, and collaboration.  Students will unleash the inner artist in students – even those who don’t feel artistic.

Cindy Baney (FJH) Operation Choir Festival 
Student Impact: 700
Traditional choir contests do not foster a growth mindset among musicians as it is a “one and done.”  This festival approach is designed to encourage interaction between performers and vetted choral experts including Ryan Alwardt, HSE Alumni and Straight No Chaser performer.  The experience will culminate with a performance demonstrated what students have learn

Teen Immediate Detentions Are Dramatically Down

Riverside Junion High musicians entertain school officials before Wednesday night’s board meeting

An immediate detention is a situation where police must take a person into custody due to a danger posed to themselves or others around them.  An immediate detention is nearly always tied to some mental illness.

Brooke Lawson, Mental Health Coordinator for the Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) Schools, told the school board Monday night that immediate detentions in Fishers for those 17 years of age and under are down from 131 in 2016 to only 42 so far in 2017.  Lawson credited the mayor’s campaign to battle mental health issues in Fishers, and the school corporation’s participation in that program, as reasons for the dramatic decrease in immediate detentions..

Also at that same board meeting, Superintendent Allen Bourff asked the board if there is interest in using video live streaming and having meetings saved on video for a few weeks after the board session.  No board member objected, some were clearly in favor.  Dr. Bourff indicated the policy committee will continue to explore how to move forward on the video proposal.

School administrators outlined new course proposals.  The board was not asked to take any action but to review the proposals at this time.  You can review the new course proposals at this link.

The board approved buying a new payroll software system from Alio.  The current software was installed in 1992 and is badly out of date.


1933 Bar, Burger Study Coming To The Yard

The 1933 Bar and Burger Study, both tied to the St. Elmo’s Steakhouse family, are coming the The Yard in July of 2019.  The first two restaurants planned for the culinary development planned in Fishers were announced in a video posted on the City of Fishers Facebook page.

Burger Study is described as an adult burger, or high end hamburger establishment.  1933 Bar is currently on the second floor of St. Elmo’s Steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis, and features small plate meals.

Burger Study will take 6,000 square feet of space and 1933 Bar is expected to take 5,000 square feet.

The Yard is planned to be a 17-acre development near IKEA in Fishers, with several restaurants expected to be available.

Lady Royals Win 5th Straight At New Castle

Hamilton County Reporter

Hamilton Southeastern won its fifth straight game Tuesday, running past New
Castle 56-29 at the Trojans’ Fieldhouse.

The Class 4A No. 6 Royals got off to a fast start, leading 25-2 after the first quarter.
Southeastern held a 36-8 advantage at halftime, and maintained that margin throughout
the second half.

Amaya Hamilton led the HSE scoring with 20 points, while Sydney Parrish added
15. Parrish grabbed seven rebounds and Tayah Irvin collected five. Irvin also made
four steals, while Molly Walton dished out six assists.

Southeastern is now 11-2 for the season and travels to Fishers on Saturday evening
for the Mudsock game.

Hamilton County Commissioners Move Forward On Bridge, Road Projects


Fred Swift

Hamilton County Reporter

The first step toward a new bridge over White River at Pleasant Street was accomplished Monday by Hamilton County Commissioners. Following several years of discussion with the city of Noblesville, commissioners entered into an engineering agreement with USI Engineering for preliminary engineering services for the bridge. It will be the fourth span over the river in Noblesville and is key to a bypass of the city’s downtown area.

Estimated cost figures have not been announced. But, the county has a Major Bridge Fund with several million dollars. County government is responsible for building and maintaining major bridges throughout the county whether they are located inside or outside a city.

Noblesville city officials have already begun plans for improving Pleasant Street between 10th Street and White River along with a connection to River Road to the west of the river. Ultimately, plans call for a bypass-type thoroughfare linking State Road 37 with State Road 32 where Hague Road currently meets SR 32.

The idea of the partial bypass is to relieve traffic congestion in the downtown business district. Currently all SR 32 traffic moves through Noblesville over the Conner Street bridge. There is a second downtown bridge at Logan Street, and a third at Field Drive on the north side of the city.

In a flurry of year-end highway improvement measures, commissioners also signed an engineering agreement with the firm of Beam, Longest and Neff for designing a “curve correction” on Strawtown Avenue at Prairie Baptist Road, entered into an interlocal agreement with Carmel for assisting in construction of an interchange at Keystone Parkway and 96th Street, and another interlocal with Fishers for a bridge over the Shoemaker Ditch on Allisonville Road.

And finally, the board signed an agreement with the Lochmueller Group for construction inspection of the planned Lowes Way Extension, also known as a flyover connection to allow 146th Street traffic to access southbound Keystone Parkway. Construction on the project is expected to begin early in 2018.

In other action, commissioners announced the contractual employment of Tammy Sander as the county’s new public relations representative. She will start in her part time job immediately, spending the next three weeks acquainting herself with county government, local officials and various upcoming projects, according to County Commissioner Steve Dillinger.

County GOP HQ Moving From Fishers To Westfield – Among Swift’s 6 Quick Hits


Fred Swift

Hamilton County Reporter

If all goes well Hamilton County youngsters will begin using the latest Koteewi Park attraction on Saturday. It’s a ‘tubing hill’ designed for snow sledding, but with inner tubes instead of sleds. County park department employees, using a snow-making machine, are preparing a heavy base of snow on the hill for season long winter use at the county’s largest park west of Strawtown.

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Darren Murphy was sworn in as a court magistrate on Monday afternoon at the Government and Judicial Center. He takes the position formerly held by David Najjar who became judge of Hamilton Superior Court 5 last month. A reception hosted by Murphy’s former law firm followed the swearing-in administered by Superior Court 6 Judge Gail Bardach.

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The Carmel School Board held its last meeting of the year Monday without making any decision on the future of school superintendent Nick Wahl. He was placed on administrative leave in October pending a performance review according to school board spokesmen. No date has been announced for a decision on Wahl who continues to draw his salary while on leave. Roger McMichael and Amy Dudley are acting superintendents.

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The Hamilton County Republican Party is moving its headquarters from Fishers to Westfield. The new offices will open in January at the new Edge Rock Development west of U.S. 31 and south of State Road 32, according to GOP County Chairwoman Laura Campbell. An open house at the new headquarters will be announced later.

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A public retirement party for George Kristo, longtime director of the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, is planned for Jan. 5 at the county Government Center. Kristo has served 22 years with the council which works to discourage drinking and illegal drug use by county youth. Kristo’s successor has not yet been named.

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In only four weeks the 2018 election season begins. Candidates for 52 local offices ranging from state legislator to township board member may begin filing for office on Jan. 10. Some candidates have already announced their intentions to run in the May primary. Filing runs until noon on Feb. 9.

State Road 37 Design Changes, Budget Issues

Troy Woodruff speaks to the crowd assembled at the Delaware Township Center

Residents received an update on the State Road 37 project Monday night, and officials had a lot to talk about.  The intersection designs for 141st Street and 146th Street have both changed dramatically, the sequence of when intersections will be constructed is now up in the air and officials are working to keep the project within budget.

First, the two major design changes.

141st Street was originally designed to be a two-lane roundabout.  The new design calls for a single lane roundabout.

The 146th Street interchange with State Road 37 was originally planned to be a two-lane roundabout, but engineers are now drawing-up a traffic signal interchange, much like the one at Allisonville Road and Interstate 465 in Marion County.

The design changes come as a result of studying traffic projections for both 141st and 146th Streets along State Road 37.

The engineering team drawing up the construction plans is now saying the sequence of bridge construction, or which interchanges will be constructed in which order, is now unknown.  At one point, the team said it planned to construct the roundabouts over SR37 at 131st and 141st Streets first and at the same time.  That is no longer the plan.  During construction of the bridges, east-west travel at SR 37 would be blocked along those streets.

Construction of the bridges should begin in 2019.  Work is now projected to be completed sometime in 2021.

One reason the 141st Street roundabout has been reduced from two lanes to one lane is part of an effort to keep the project within budget.  Fishers City Engineering Department Director Jeff Hill says those designing the plan are doing everything in their power to keep the construction project within the approved spending.  The project is budgeted for $124 million, with the state providing $100 million – Hamilton County and the City of Fishers are chipping-in $12 million each.

There was an extensive discussion of drainage.  Expect more drainage work along State Road 37 in 2018, with some lane closures needed.

Speakers at the update session included Troy Woodruff of RQAW Corporation, Jeff Hill with the City of Fishers and Eric Farny of American Structurepoint Inc.


Part of the crowd attending the State Road 37 update
The new single-lane design for the 141st Street roundabout at State Road 37
The new 146th Street plan using traffic signals

Lively Discussion At Fishers Legislators’ Town Hall

(L-R) State Representative Todd Huston, State Senators Jim Merritt, John Ruckelshaus and Victoria Spartz, at the Fishers Town Hall

Four local members of the Indiana General Assembly held a town hall meeting Saturday morning in Fishers, and there were plenty of issues raised by members of the audience.  The seats in the Fishers City Hall Council Chambers were roughly 75% full of constituents, many with questions for their state lawmakers.

The back and forth became so heated at one point a lady in the audience walked out in frustration over what she viewed as the lack of response to questions posed to the legislators.

The first question centered on a recent State Board of Education vote to create new standards for high school graduation.  Teachers in the audience were clearly concerned about the lack of the state board’s consideration of educators, who largely testified against the new testing standards.  Senator Victoria Spartz showed a crowd a very thick book of regulations governing schools in the state.  Senator Jim Merritt said he is ready for a discussion about the board’s decision, but emphasized this comes as a response to employers in the state, who claim high school graduates lack basic skills after graduation.

The issue of doing away with gun permits in the state was raised by one audience member.  Senator Merritt, with a part of his district in Marion County, said he is very concerned about the violence in the City of Indianapolis and cannot see himself supporting the proposal to do away with gun permits, and Representative Todd Huston agreed.  Gun permits are often required once one crosses state lines.

The issues of voting, absentee ballots and mail-in voting were discussed at length.  Senator Spartz claims there is fraud in mail-in voting systems.  Senator Merritt says it’s taken him 27 years, but he is beginning to change his mind on voting laws due to low voter turnout numbers in recent elections.

The Save the Train organization was at the event with several members pushing to keep the Nickel Plate line, from Tipton to the north down south to 22nd Street in Indianapolis, a rail line.  The cities of Noblesville and Fishers are moving forward with plans to convert that rail line to a trail from downtown Noblesville south to 96th Street.  The state lawmakers said this is a local decision that should be handled by local officials.

Solar energy was raised as many in the audience opposed the measure passed in the 2017 session to lower the solar energy incentive when selling excess power back to a public utility.  Senator Merritt chairs a key senate committee on utilities, and argued the law was a way to “level the playing field.”  Merritt says he has always been focused on how state law impacts rate payers.  Senator Ruckelshaus said he voted against that bill.

Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt says all Indiana counties are experiencing issues with overcrowding in their jails, saying some of that prisoner population is now mandated by state law.  Merritt agreed with the county commissioner, but admitted he had no answers.  Huston believes the state needs to look at sentencing standards and community corrections as answers.

It should surprise no one that the subject of Sunday alcohol sales came up.  Merritt says he favors Sunday sales but wants the package liquor stores to continue their monopoly on selling cold beer.  Huston generally agreed that Sunday sales can be worked out.

Several audience members expressed support of a Hate Crimes Law in Indiana.  Ruckelshaus said he sponsored the last proposal that did not become law and will work hard to enact a Hate Crime statute in the upcoming session.  Merritt is concerned about the impact on law enforcement from any such law but plans to pay close attention to the issue during the 2018 session.

Merritt, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, says he expects the short session, which starts in early January, will end by March 14th.


Royals Remain Unbeaten, Pick Up OT Win Over Center Grove

Hamilton County Reporter

Less than 24 hours after winning a close game against a top-level team, Hamilton
Southeastern…won a close game against a top-level team.

This time it was Center Grove, which the Class 4A No. 5
Royals faced Saturday afternoon in the Forum Tipoff Classic at Southport.
Southeastern needed overtime to get past the Trojans, who are
getting votes in the 4A poll, but ultimately prevailed 65-63.

The Royals led for the majority of the game, first making a 7-0 run to go ahead
12-7 in the first quarter. Aaron Etherington scored five of those points. Southeastern led
by as many as nine points, 43-34, in the third period, before CG went on an 8-0 run
that carried it into the fourth quarter.

The Trojans led 53-52 late in the game, but a Noah Smith free throw tied it at 53-all,
and that’s where regulation ended. Center Grove led 58-56 with under two minutes
left, but the Royals used a 6-0 spurt to regain the lead and held it until the buzzer.
Smith and Nick Bowman made baskets, with Mabor Majak hitting a pair of free
throws in between.

Etherington finished the game with 23 points, with Smith scoring 16 and Majak
10. These three Royals were also the rebounding leaders: Smith had seven
boards, Etherington pulled six and Majak collected five. Bowman handed out five
assists, while Smith and Chris Grubbs both dished out four. Majak made two blocked

The Royals are 5-0 for the season and get a few days off before another big game:
Southeastern hosts Fishers Friday in the annual Mudsock contest.