Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Awarded this month’s Wildcat Spotlight to Evan Elrod and the Jasper High School media students. Some students from the program created a video to go with the corporation’s application for a $20,000 Keurig Dr. Pepper KaBoom! grant to help build the preschool playground at Jasper Elementary School. The corporation was awarded the grant. The Wildcat Spotlight is a new feature of the board meetings to help showcase what’s going on in the schools.

• Approved the Dubois County Bike Club — which consists of the Dubois County chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and an all-ages club Trailheads Club — to construct a beginner mountain bike trail on corporation-owned land near the high school softball field and The Parklands. The trail will be at no cost to the school.

• Approved the 2020 budget and several related resolutions. The total approved budget for 2020 is $37,657,568.

• Approved a resolution designating how the corporation will use the $167,858 saved after state-level changes to the teacher retirement fund. Superintendent Tracy Lorey said the funds will go to offset cost increases in the school’s health care plan.

• Heard an update on the corporation’s ILEARN and high school ISTEP scores from the spring test. The scores were consistently at or above the state average. Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Todd Hitchcock said that while comparing this year’s scores to previous years doesn’t work since the test changed, educators can look at the gap between their school’s scores and the state average year to year to find places that may need improvement. He has been working on that process with teacher teams throughout the corporation.

• Heard that the Jasper Elementary project is on schedule and moving forward nicely.

• Heard that the wood floor in the high school’s auxiliary gym has been installed and will have game court lines painted on soon and that the film room project for the athletic department is underway.

• Heard that bond sales for the corporation’s upcoming major upgrade projects will open Thursday. Some of the projects in discussion for the $11 million bond are security system upgrades at Jasper High School, Jasper Middle School and Ireland Elementary.

• Heard that Ireland Elementary will begin serving breakfast to all students on Oct. 14.

• Heard that the Indiana School Board Association will hold its regional meeting in Jasper on Nov. 11.

• Congratulated Lorey on being elected president of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents for 2020-21. She will take office in June.

• Approved the following resignations: corporation high ability coordinator Shannon Bauer; part-time cafeteria staff Magalen Buechlein at the high school; and head boys basketball coach Gavin Lichlyter at the middle school.

• Approved the following hires: substitute bus driver Shelby Smoot for the corporation; part-time cafeteria staff Fancis Waddel at the high school; head boys basketball coach Terry Tucker at the middle school; part-time instructional assistant Beth Pfister at Tenth Street Elementary; part-time instructional assistant Brittany Ireland at Fifth Street Elementary; and certified occupational therapy assistants Mackynzee Balbach and Crystal Miller at the Exceptional Children’s Cooperative.

• Approved the following field trips for the Future Farmers of America: to the SOAR Camp in Trafalgar; to the state soils event in Monroe; to the FIRE Camp in Trafalgar; and to the state forestry, crops and entomology competition in West Lafayette.

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