Fawks moving to Greater Jasper



JASPER — The next few weeks will be bittersweet for Northeast Dubois High School Principal Tina Fawks.

The Greater Jasper School Board hired Fawks to take over as the corporation’s assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment at its meeting Monday. Although an official start date has not yet been set, Fawks expects to make the move from Northeast Dubois to Greater Jasper near the beginning of March.

“That’s going to be the hardest part,” Fawks said of leaving Northeast Dubois. “They’ve been my work family for the last 10 years, but I think everyone will be supportive.”

Fawks will leave Northeast Dubois at a time of great transition as the corporation prepares to move seventh and eighth grade to the high school facility this fall. The high school is also undergoing several renovations to facilitate the change.

But when Fawks heard of the opening in Greater Jasper’s central office, she knew she had to apply. Curriculum work is Fawks’ favorite part of education, and openings for positions like assistant superintendent of curriculum don’t come along often.

“Curriculum has been my favorite part of being a building administrator,” she said. “It’s the heart of education.”

Although leaving Northeast Dubois will be difficult, Fawks knows this is the right professional move for her. Besides, the Jeeps won’t be totally out of her life. Fawks and her husband, Nick, live in Celestine, and their two children — a fourth-grader and a second-grader — attend Northeast Dubois.

The board also:

• Heard a report on happenings at Jasper High School, including changes to the career and technical education offerings through the Patoka Valley Career and Technical Co-Op and an update on the use of the new aquaponics system for the agriculture department.

• Approved the 2020-21 high school course description book.

• Approved a consulting agreement with Angie Sander for a total of $2,750 to help the corporation set up a pre-kindergarten program that is Paths to Quality-certified and eligible for state funding programs such as On My Way Pre-K. The program will be for all 4-year-olds and be housed at Jasper Elementary when the school opens this fall. The cost of the program will be $80 per child per month with discounts available to families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

• Heard a presentation on the Dubois County Graduate Profile that the four county school corporations put together as part of collaboration work within Hub19. The profile focuses on workforce readiness skills all Dubois County students will have when they graduate from one of the county’s schools.

• Approved advertising four-year school bus contract bids now that the routes have been updated to reflect the addition of Jasper Elementary.

• Approved advertising for proposals for the corporation office renovation project. The project will include floor covering replacements, installation of new wall finishes, new windows and new door hardware to update to the keying system used on other corporation buildings. The work is estimated to cost $149,800.

• Approved the proposal for replacing the high school south parking lot near the gymnasium. The project will remove the current concrete, perform soil stabilization and install new pavement.

• Heard an update on several ongoing maintenance projects around the corporation.

• Approved annual conflict of interest statements for board members Bernie Vogler, Ken Schnaus and Arlet Jackle and for corporation maintenance staff Bobby Schitter who occasionally repairs school buses through his business, Schitter Repair.

• Approved the retirement of high school special education teacher Rick Stenftenagel.

• Approved the resignation of seventh grade volleyball coach Elizabeth Ahlbrand at the middle school.

• Approved the following new hires: assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment Tina Fawks at the corporation office; instructional assistants Samantha Schuetter and Tina DeKemper at the high school; and instructional assistant Holli Land at the middle school.

• Approved a $3,000 base salary increase for high school English teacher Amy Rasche following her completion of a master’s degree.

• Reappointed Cassie Williams to the Jasper Public Library Board.

• Approved the following field trips: the high school Future Farmers of America to the farm machinery show in Louisville, Kentucky; the high school First Robotics team to competitions in Bloomington, Columbus and Lafayette; and the high school marching band to the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade in Louisville, Kentucky.

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