STATEHOUSE - The 2013 legislative session has come to a close, and Rep. Pond (R-New Haven) is pleased to see the passage of key legislation that will positively impact the areas of education, jobs and infrastructure. Her hard work this session manifested in the co-authoring and eventual passage of HEA 1012.
“We delivered on our promises to protect taxpayers and promote jobs and education,” said Rep. Pond. “Among the highest priorities this session was the budget, in which I was pleased to see a positive and steady growth rate forecasted for Indiana moving forward. The sunny prediction enabled the General Assembly to increase its funding for priorities like K-12 education and workforce development.”
Rep. Pond co-authored HB 1012 which fosters new educational opportunities by lessening the time a school corporation is required to wait to sell an abandoned school building. Under current law, school systems are required to make a vacant building available for sale or lease to a charter school for a period of 4 years.
“Reducing the amount of time the building must be on the market allows possible purchasers to develop a plan for the use of the building,” said Rep. Pond “For example, St. Joseph School in Monroeville has seen a spike in enrollment in recent years. They decided to buy a vacant elementary school building from East Allen School Corporation, but discovered they were violating the law since the vacant building had not been listed with the Department of Education for the required four years.”
Another education-centered bill established the Indiana Career Council as a means to increase the cohesion among the various participants in the state’s education, job skills development and career training system. The council seeks to match these groups and agencies with the currently existing and future needs of the state’s job market. It will then provide recommendations to the General Assembly concerning proposed changes to the state’s education, job skills, and career training system to increase coordination and information sharing among state, local and private agencies, groups and associations.
“The legislation enacted this session is sure to keep Indiana on the right path as we’ve tackled the issues that matter most: education, infrastructure and economic growth,” said Rep. Pond. “Indiana is poised for more success in the coming years, and I look forward to being a part of that process.”