Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Held a preliminary determination and project hearing for upcoming improvements to Jasper Middle and Jasper High schools as identified in the strategic plan. Projects include security, classroom, equipment and technology upgrades at both schools. During the hearing, the board heard from Jim Elizondo, an investment banker with Stifel Public Finance of Fort Wayne. Elizondo put together financial models for the $8.37 million bond issue the board plans to take on for the projects. The board decided a 15-year bond term was the best option.

• Approved the project resolution for the upcoming bond issue, which establishes the cost of the project not to exceed $8.37 million.

• Approved the preliminary determination resolution that sets the max term for bonding and leases associated with the projects, if any, as well as the annual debt service property tax levy and tax rate. Under Elizondo’s models, the debt service tax rate will not exceed the current rate of 61 cents per $100 of assessed value.

• Approved the reimbursement resolution that will allow the school corporation to use the bonds to reimburse itself any costs associated with the project that are paid prior to bond issuance.

• Held the first reading of middle school handbook changes. Changes include updates to the dress code and gum and candy policies as well as other changes that mirror changes to the high school handbook.

• Approved changes to the high school handbook that include policies for substance abuse violations and the athletic and student leader codes of conduct.

• Held the first reading of administrative procedures for dyslexia screening in kindergarten through second grade as required by a state law that passed last year. The law requires all students in kindergarten through second grade be screened for dyslexia annually.

• Approved using the McGraw Hill Wonders series for reading instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade.

• Heard that the Jasper Elementary School project is on track and progressing well.

• Heard that Schmidt Contracting of Jasper will begin work on the gym roof at Ireland Elementary June 1 and will finish by Aug. 1.

• Heard that demolition started on the traffic reconfiguration at the middle school. The reconfiguration is connected to the Jasper Elementary School project and will tie the two campuses together. Most of the work on the parking lot islands should be done by the eighth grade completion ceremony.

• Approved a $76,800 bid from Jasper Lumber of Jasper for remodeling of the high school radio and TV broadcast classrooms. The project is being paid for out of the operations fund.

• Approved a $32,250 bid from B&E Painting of Washington for repainting the middle and high school softball facilities.

• Approved a $5,500 bid from Junod Painting of Vincennes for exterior door, trim and gutter painting at Ireland Elementary.

• Approved the 2020 budget timeline. Superintendent Tracy Lorey will present the budget to the board at the July meeting, and the board will hold a hearing at its August meeting and adopt the budget at the September meeting. All meetings are open to the public and set for the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the corporation office, 1520 St. Charles Street, Jasper.

• Approved new job descriptions for corporation bus drivers and maintenance personnel in compliance with updates to the fair compensation laws. The descriptions change the positions from hourly to salaried.

• Approved the summer meal program to be held at Tenth Street Elementary. The program allows children up to 18 years to eat lunch free every Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, May 28, and running all summer. The state reimburses the school corporation for the cost of the program.

• Approved CRS OneSource of Owensboro, Kentucky, to provide food and paper products for the summer meal program.

• Set the adult meal price at $3.50 for the summer meal program.

• Approved the following resignations and retirements: preschool coordinator Jackie Mehling with the Dubois Spencer Perry Exceptional Children’s Special Education Cooperative; assistant volleyball coach Abby Pierce at the middle school; and part-time instructional assistant Nicole Kurzendoerfer and custodian Rhonda Englert at Ireland Elementary.

• Approved the following staff recommendations: family and consumer science teacher Beatrize Cobo for the high school and middle school; assistant principal Geoff Mauck, math teacher Ashton Knies, math department chair Cam Harris and varsity assistant and reserve assistant football coach Gavin Lichlyter at the high school; head girls soccer coach David King and seasonal helper Gabe Barth at the middle school; custodian Ron Dauby at Ireland Elementary; special education preschool teacher Jordan Beach at Fifth Street Elementary; teacher Mary Bies, summer meal site supervisor Loretta Hoffman and summer meal staff Julie Barth and Marica Lindauer at Tenth Street School; and intensive behavior consultant Grace Mehling-Dekemper at the special education co-op.

• Approved the following field trips: the high school Future Farmers of America to the state envirothon contest in Noblesville, Indiana; and the high school motorsports club to a competition at New Castle Raceway in New Castle, Indiana.

• Heard that the next board meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the corporation office, 1520 St. Charles St.

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