WOLCOTT, Ind. (WLFI) - Gib Crimmins has been Tri-County School Corporation Superintendent for 18 years. For most of that time he has been hearing about a plan for a US 24 corridor.
"Years ago it was talked about, then you didn't hear much about it," Crimmins said. "I think people almost gave up on it."
White County Economic Development Organization President Randy Mitchell said the plan for the corridor, which will be called the Mid-America Commerce Park, is gaining feet. Construction could begin this fall.
Crimmins hopes the development that comes with the corridor will bring more people to the Wolcott-Remington area, and more students to Tri-County schools.
"Realistically, the way the school funding political world is set up you either grow or you severely suffer," Crimmins said.
Crimmins has seen slow growth in the last few years. Right now there are about 750 to 800 students in the district.
He's seen an increase of about 10 to 20 students a year since more development came to the area.
"We're seeing several major growths in the last few years here," Crimmins said. "With Advance Auto, Monsanto is into a major project. Remington Hybrids is into a major project."
Crimmins said it may take some time to grow the district's population, but he feels lucky to be in a place where it can happen.
"So many communities because of location have very little hope for growth," Crimmins said. "It's been an opportunity for a long time and it's starting to show up here with the growth that has been happening."
Mitchell said the plan is to have the corridor run about five miles from the I-65 and US 24 interchange to the town of Wolcott.
An Indianapolis mother was sentenced in court Thursday for child neglect charges.
The Indianapolis Zoo hosted its annual "Christmas at the Zoo" fundraiser Wednesday, but the festivities became a secondary celebration for one special family.
A Boston-based company is pushing ahead with a $12 million project to retrofit and reactivate a long-idle hydroelectric power plant in southern Indiana.