Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Heard a presentation on academics at Jasper High School. Advanced Placement studio art was added to the class list this year, and next year, the school plans to add AP U.S. History, AP psychology, AP French and AP German. The school has also been working to implement Graduation Pathways, the new graduation requirements that will be mandatory for this year’s eighth-grade class and will include employability skills and post-secondary preparation with career and technical options.

• Approved summer school to take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays from June 3 to 28.

• Heard that work on Jasper Elementary slowed this month due to weather, but it’s still moving forward. With all the rain, contractors know the water detention structures around the property are sufficient.

• Approved Schmitt Contracting of Jasper to complete roof membrane work at Ireland Elementary for $130,673.

• Heard there were no bids for the painting project at Ireland Elementary. The project will be scaled back to just the most necessary items and rebid.

• Approved bids from Haflich Hardwood Floors of Vincennes to sand and refinish the gym floor at Ireland Elementary for $19,880 and to refinish the main gym floor at the high school for $7,491.

• Heard a summary of projects planned for the summer, including remodeling the radio broadcast and TV production classroom at the high school, security upgrades at the middle and high school and painting at the middle and high school sports complexes.

• Approved holding a project and preliminary determination hearing for future strategic facilities plan financing at the March 18 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the corporation office, 1520 St. Charles St., and is open to the public.

• Approved technology infrastructure upgrades at the high school, middle school and Ireland Elementary for $75,440.62. CDI Technologies, a nationwide company, will complete the network upgrade, and Matrix Integration of Jasper will complete the firewall upgrade. The project qualifies for the federal e-rate program, which reimburses schools for technology-related expenses, so 60 percent of the project cost will be reimbursed to the school corporation.

• Approved hosting a summer food service program through the corporation. The program will provide free lunch Monday through Friday during the summer for children 18 or younger in the area. The details are being worked out and will be presented to the board later this spring.

• Approved the retirements of Jasper High School math teacher Joan Schaeffer, Tenth Street Elementary fifth-grade teacher Carma Thimling and band director James Goodhue.

• Approved the resignations of freshman volleyball coach Marsha Archer and assistant football coach Geoff Mauch at the high school, head volleyball coach Anna Grant at Jasper Middle School and custodian Ron Dauby at Ireland Elementary.

• Made the following hires: freshman volleyball coach Tori Sermersheim, junior varsity volleyball coach Alicia Clark and co-treasurer Theresa Stenftenagel at the high school; and custodian Darla Jones at Ireland Elementary.

• Approved the high school Business Professionals of America club to attend the State Leadership Conference in Indianapolis in March.

• Heard that the next board meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, March 18 at the corporation office, 1520 St. Charles St., Jasper. This is a week earlier than usual because the regular meeting date falls over spring break.

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