Five Madison area companies are sending employees to classes at Ivy Tech Community College with the help of the city.

The Board of Public Works and Safety approved $9,000 to send 15 employees to a Frontline Leadership training class at the college.

Randy Johann of Ivy Tech went before the Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday to request grant funding on behalf of Arvin Sango, Madison Precision Products, Madison Chemical, Clifty Engineering and Royer Corporation.

"This is a program that, over the past three years, we've probably enrolled between 600 or 700 people from the southern Indiana region," Johann said. "The class will meet one day a week for six weeks. Each week the participants will learn a new set of tools that they can go out and immediately apply on the job."

"That gives them the opportunity, by the end of the class, to develop the best set of practices for them to better manage, lead and motivate their teams."

The funding from the city works as a 50-50 matching grant. Madison will pay half of the $1,200 class fee. The city is only responsible for paying if the enrolled employees pass the class.

Madison Precision Products is sending six people to the class. Arvin Sango is sending three employees, and Clifty Engineering, Madison Chemical and Royer are each sending two employees.

In January, Ivy Tech and the city reached a similar agreement for a communications class. Ten Madison Precision Products employees and three Madison Chemical workers were enrolled in the class. Each student passed.

In other business:

The board approved street closings for the fall and spring Old Court Days, hosted by the Pilot Club.

Dates for the spring Old Court Days are May 23 to May 26. Fall dates are Sept. 26 through Sept. 29.

The same streets will be closed for both events. Closings include: Second Street from Jefferson Street to Walnut Street; the city parking lot at Jefferson and Second streets; the sidewalks and parking spaces on the east side of Jefferson Street from First Street to the alley behind the Jefferson County Courthouse; and the sidewalks and parking spaces on the south side of Main Street between Jefferson and Walnut streets.