Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Approved changes to the high school student handbook. Some of them include requiring activism or petitions to be communicated with and approved by school administration, prohibiting e-juice on school grounds and additional drug testing measures for athletes.

• Heard a school safety update from Superintendent Tracy Lorey. Glenn Buechlein, assistant principal at Jasper High School, and Jason Knies, the district’s school resource officer, are heading up a school safety team to align safety plans at each school. The schools will also undergo a tactical site review that will bring in local law enforcement, and fire and safety officials to assess the buildings and pinpoint areas that are susceptible to security weaknesses. The corporation will also implement a smartphone app called “School Guard” that will act as a panic device for staff members in the event of an armed intruder and instantly alert law enforcement and teachers in the school. A full story on the schools’ security is planned for Wednesday’s Herald.

• Heard a construction update on projects across the corporation from Scott Stenftenagel, The Stenftenagel Group’s clerk of the works. Work will begin soon on Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium’s bleacher supports, and safety and guardrails are currently being installed.

• Supplies have been ordered to up the security of the main entrances of various corporation schools. At the high school and Ireland Elementary, materials have been ordered for the installation, construction and revision of the main entry systems. At Jasper Middle School, a 3M security film will be installed as an extra layer of protection on the glass of the school’s north and south entrances. The security film will “delay the intrusion of someone” by approximately six minutes, according to Stenftenagel.

• Also heard that work has begun at the site of the future Jasper Elementary School. The facility’s building pad is currently being constructed and should be completed soon.

• Approved the FMLA leave of Stephanie Buse, third grade teacher at Tenth Street Elementary and Chelsea Seibert, secretary at Fifth Street School.

• Approved the resignations of Tammie Messick as an English as a New Language instructional assistant at Fifth Street, Brittany Heim as an instructional assistant at the high school, Marilyn Wolf as the cafeteria supervisor at Tenth Street, Anna Vonderheide as the head girls track coach at the middle school, Kyle Jahn as the head boys track coach at the middle school and Phil Kendall as the assistant girls varsity basketball coach at the high school.

• Approved the appointments of Marci Showalter as the middle school and high school e-learning coach, Madelaine Massey as a kindergarten teacher at Fifth Street, Carolyn Mowat as a 28-hour Title I instructional assistant at Tenth Street, Phil Kendall as the assistant athletic director at the high school, Devin Rottet as the head boys track coach at the middle school, Samantha Venderley as the head girls track coach at the middle school and Colin Luebbehusen as 20-hour student summer help at the middle school. Approved shifting Deb Schum to 191 days at Jasper High School at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year and shifting Ashton Gehlhausen to 195 days, also at the high school.

• Approved changes to the 2018-19 school board calendar. The Oct. 22 meeting was moved to Oct. 15 due to fall break, the Dec. 24 meeting was moved to 1 p.m. Dec. 17 due to the Christmas holiday, the March 25 meeting was bumped up to March 18 due to spring break and the May 27 meeting moved to May 20 due to Memorial Day.

• Approved the middle school boys soccer team to travel to Henderson, Kentucky, in September for a soccer tourney; the high school volleyball team to attend camp at Purdue University in July; the high school band to attend camp at Murray State University next month and attend a marching contest in September.

• Heard that the next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 23.

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