Mauck named new JHS principal

By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
cstephenson@dcherald.com

JASPER — Geoff Mauck has lived nearly all of his life in Jasper, with the past two years as the Jasper High School assistant principal and 20 as an educator and coach. Now, beginning in the fall, he will take over as the Jasper High School principal.

Mauck’s hiring and former JHS Principal Brian Wilson’s resignation were both approved at a Monday Greater Jasper School Board meeting.

“It’s nice to see our homegrown students and staff members be able to come and share leadership skills,” Superintendent Tracy Lorey said. “We think he’s going to do a great job.”

After graduating from JHS in 1993, Mauck attended the University of Evansville and Indiana University before returning to Jasper in 1998 to begin his teaching career. He’s spent the majority of two decades at JHS teaching biology, anatomy and physiology and has coached football, freshman basketball, varsity softball and track.

“You get 20 years in, and they tend to stick you in a lot of different places,” he said with a laugh.

As principal, Mauck said he is looking forward to creating the best possible academic environment for all students, regardless of their plans for after high school.

“Not everybody is thinking college, so I just want to help everyone be prepared for whatever they want to do,” he said. “I value all that I’ve learned from the people over there at Jasper High School, so I just want to be able to continue that for future generations.

“Everybody that I’ve talked to has said that if you do what’s in the best interest of the kids, then you can’t be wrong.”

Mauck lives in Jasper with his wife, Sarah, and their three children, Mason, a junior at JHS, Mitchell, a sophomore at JHS and Madison, a seventh-grader at Jasper Middle School.

The school board also:

• Approved the resignations of Brenda Miller, Jasper Elementary School instructional assistant; Brayley Kern, JES instructional assistant and cafeteria supervision; and Samantha Riley, JHS instructional assistant.

• Approved the hiring of Jaxon Cronin, JHS math teacher; Megan O’Brien, Jasper Middle School special education teacher; Brittany Nottingham, who will move from part-time instructional assistant to ENL assistant; Jill Kelly, JHS social worker; Haley Ondiek, JMS student council sponsor; Abby Kennedy, who is replacing Kathy Overton as academic spell bowl coach; Nick Eckert, JHS physical education department head; and Kathy Gilliatt, corporation bus driver.

• Approved the hiring of the following JumpStart program staff at their respective hourly rate through the ESSER grant: Audrey Nordhoff, JES; Valerie Small, JES; Kirsten Prechtel, JES; Brandon Bayer, JES; Stephanie Buse, JES; Nicole Gadlage, JES; Jodi Smith, JES; Jacque Beier, JES; Ashtynn Gore, JES; Lisa Guthrie, JES; Melissa Hall, JES; Trisha Pfau, JES; Austin Hopf, JES; Kathy Wagner, Ireland Elementary School; Kelly Shields, IRE; Harley Shipman, IRE; Emily Freeman, IRE; Andrea Ackerman, IRE; Susan Gossett, IRE; and Heather Goodhue, IRE.

• Approved the increase of summer meal program staff hours due to increased participation for Loretta Hoffman and Deb Goeppner.

• Approved the increase of school nurses from 182 to 190 days per year, maintaining 35 hours per week, beginning in the 2021-22 school year.

• Approved Superintendent Lorey’s 2021-22 school year contract.

• Approved the 2021-22 textbook fees.

• Accepted a proposal letter for design services from Gibraltar Design to develop construction documents for the addition of four Jasper Elementary School classrooms. The documents will be developed for about $114,000, which is a 6% fee of the total estimated cost. The proposed project is set to be complete by October 2022.

• Granted permission to advertise for a public hearing to spend up to an additional $2 million in Greater Jasper Schools’ education fund. The fund currently has about $19.4 million, but the corporation is set to receive about $21.3 million from the State of Indiana, so this will allow for leeway within the fund. The public hearing will be at the July 26 school board meeting.

• Approved the extension of a joint services agreement between Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools and the Dubois Spencer Perry Pike Special Education Cooperative.

• Approved wage and salary recommendations for all support staff members for the 2021-22 school year.

• Granted permission to advertise for bids for two lots across the street from the Fifth Street Elementary School property, for which Greater Jasper Schools no longer has a purpose. The estimated property value is $25,000.

• Approved bids for milk, bread and commodities for the food service program for the 2021-22 school year.

• Approved a draft of a school reopening plan, which has been drafted through collaboration with all school districts in the county. The plan entails that Greater Jasper schools will return to in-person instruction five days a week with both masks and COVID-19 vaccinations optional for students and staff. The schools will continue to do contract tracing and will follow similar quarantine guidelines from the previous school year. The draft was released in English and Spanish to all families within the school system Tuesday.




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