Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Held a preliminary determination hearing for upcoming maintenance projects for which the corporation plans to use the $11 million that will become available in the debt service fund this year. Schools use the debt service fund to take out bonds for larger facilities projects. The debt service fund is funded through property taxes. As school corporations pay debt off, they typically take on new debt in an effort to maintain a stable property tax rate. In February, the board held a work session to begin discussing future projects.

• Heard proposed changes to the Jasper High School student handbook.

• Approved summer enrichment programs and summer-school staff.

• Heard updates on future projects, including a renovation to the radio classroom at JHS, painting the sports complex bathrooms and concession stands at the high school, and Jasper Middle School and exterior finish painting at Ireland Elementary.

• Approved the following resignations: industrial technology teacher Collin Daunhauer, unified football coach Andy Noblitt and custodian Lavern Moser at the high school; and maintenance staff Jim Wigand at Fifth Street Elementary School.

• Approved the following hires: Glenn Buechlein as assistant superintendent of support services and transportation for the corporation; high school band director Chad Gayso; and Principal Kent Taylor and Assistant Principal Ryan Erny at Jasper Elementary School when it opens in the 2020-21 school year.

• Approved a bus contract extension for 2019-20 for David Fuhrman, who drives Bus 12.

• Approved hiring two seasonal mowers for $12 an hour.

• Approved the high school tennis teams to travel to Carmel and Avon for weekend events in April; and the boys golf team to travel to Seymour for an event in March.

• Heard that next week, March 25-29, is spring break.

• Heard that the next board meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the corporation office, 1520 St. Charles St., Jasper.

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