Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Approved updates to the Jasper Middle School student handbook.

• Approved administrative guidelines for dyslexia testing.

• Approved the 2019-20 grading scale. The scale is the same as this year’s.

• Approved additional staff for the English as a new language summer school program.

• Approved a new German textbook and resources.

• Heard changes to the student device usage policy.

• Heard an update on the Jasper Elementary construction project, as well as several other maintenance projects around the corporation.

• Approved the following retirements: teacher Debra Weidenbenner at the end of the 2019-20 school year; Exceptional Children’s Co-op special education preschool coordinator Jackie Mehling at the end of the school year; and Exceptional Children’s Co-op special education transportation coordinator Pam Murphy effective in June.

• Approved the following resignations: preschool teacher Olivia Schilling at Fifth Street Elementary; teacher Hayley Morin at Tenth Street Elementary; instructional assistant Angela Rees, football coach Gavin Lichlyter and assistant track coach Geoff Mauck at the middle school; and behavior specialist Shelly Kunkel at the Exceptional Children’s Co-op.

• Approved the following hires: maintenance staff Tim Mendel at Fifth Street; instructional assistant Stacey Metz at Ireland Elementary; and industrial technology teacher Joshua Dahmer, agriculture and life sciences teacher Brianna Lammers and second-shift custodian Mark Mayo at Jasper High School.

• Approved the 2019-20 teacher evaluation plan.

• Approved the 2019-20 student and adult meal prices. They will be the same as this year’s prices.

• Approved the Future Farmers of America students to attend the state convention at Purdue University in June and the high school art students to travel to London in June.

• Heard that the high school band received the Indiana State School Music Association All-Music Award for the 2018-19 school year.

• Heard that the high school is being recognized for Advanced Placement course exam success. At least 25% of the graduating class earned a passing score on one or more AP exams.

• Heard that Greater Jasper has been recognized as a 2018-19 Common Sense School. Schools that receive the recognition show a commitment to creating a culture of digital teaching and citizenship.

• Heard that Glenn Buechlein, assistant principal at the high school, was recognized as the Indiana Association of School Principals District 11 Assistant Principal of the Year.

• Heard that the summer lunch program will begin on Tuesday, May 28. The program is being held at Tenth Street.

• Heard that summer office hours for the corporation will be 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Heard that Eighth Grade Achievement Night will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Black Gym at the middle school and that high school commencement will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the high school gym. 

• Heard that the next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the corporation office, 1520 St. Charles St.

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