Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

Ӣ Added another snow makeup day to the corporation calendar. Because three of the five budgeted snow days already have been used, the board chose to shorten Christmas break by one day. Students will now return to class Thursday, Jan. 2, instead of Jan. 3 as planned. Other snow makeup days will be Mondays, Jan. 20 and Feb. 17.

Ӣ Accepted the resignations of Dianne DeMaegd as a part-time cafeteria staff member, Erin Hasenour as a freshman and junior varsity volleyball coach and Jessica Lindauer as a freshman volleyball coach, all at Jasper High School; and Donna Wagner as a cafeteria staff member and Tonya Schepers as a part-time Title I instructional assistant, both at Tenth Street School. All resignations are effective immediately.

Ӣ Approved the retirement of Linda Hagan as a media specialist at Ireland Elementary School, effective in February.

Ӣ Hired Barb Young as a part-time cafeteria staff member, Evan Elrod as a media sponsor, Amanda Schipp as a Students Against Destructive Decisions sponsor, Seth Sickbert as a Jasper Motorsports sponsor and Fred Routson as a robotics sponsor, all at the high school; Tami Pfaff as a cafeteria staff member at Tenth Street School; and Lauren Greener as a part-time instructional assistant at Fifth Street School.

Ӣ Heard from Superintendent Tracy Lorey that the corporation received its approved 2014 budget from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance and the results were favorable. The final tax rate will be $1.08 per $100 of assessed property value, which is 6 cents lower than the 2013 amount. Lorey will provide a detailed review of the budget to the board in January.

Ӣ Approved paying bus driver Charlie Heller an additional $7 per day to add the Mill Creek apartments area on the north side of town to his routes.

”¢ Approved amendments to clean up some language in the corporation’s random drug testing policy and also give the principals the authority to decide whether a student will be expelled after a first drug offense. The previous policy gave that responsibility to an outside review council.

Ӣ Agreed to review several suggested course description amendments in the high school handbook and discuss them at the next regular meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the corporation office, 1520 St. Charles St. Heard a presentation on teaching and data collection practices from Ireland Elementary School Principal Ray Mehling and members of his staff.

”¢ Scheduled the annual reorganizational board meeting for 7:30 a.m. Jan. 2 at the corporation office, unless the meeting needs to be postponed a week because of a conflict with board President Nancy Habig’s schedule. The board plans to set the final date later this week.

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