Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Awarded three Wildcat Spotlights — one to the Jasper High School Future Farmers of America students for landscape work around the school, one to Ireland Elementary for their fundraising and community engagement efforts through One Book, One School, and one to the JHS Student Council for their work collecting non-perishable food for the Tri-State Food Bank through the WFIE Sunrise School Spirit competition.

• Heard presentations on the school year so far from each of the three elementary school principals. Fifth Street Principal Ryan Erny shared about the school’s effort to reach Lighthouse Status with The Leader In Me program; Tenth Street Principal Kent Taylor shared about efforts to unify Fifth and Tenth Street schools ahead of the opening of Jasper Elementary; and Ireland Elementary Principal Shannon Bauer shared about Learning Lab, the school’s newest intervention program.

• Approved the school improvement plans.

• Approved a bid for Newline Interactive touch display flat panels for Ireland Elementary, Jasper Middle School and JHS from CDI Technologies, a nationwide company, for $815,743.

• Approved bids for new projectors in large group instruction rooms at the middle and high school from CDI Technologies for about $16,000 at the middle school and about $23,000 at the high school.

• Approved increasing the hourly pay for training time in the bus driver incentive program from $12 to $15 to match the hourly pay for extracurricular driving.

• Heard that construction work at Jasper Elementary is currently focused on the building’s exterior as crews prepare for winter.

• Approved a bid from Alpha Mechanical Service of Evansville for the beginning phases of HVAC retro commissioning and miscellaneous improvements to the systems at the middle and high school. The work will upgrade the schools’ building automation systems. The cost of the work at the high school will be $72,900, and the cost of the work at the middle school will be $68,000.

• Approved a bid from Alpha Mechanical to upgrade an air handler and dry storage fan coil unit at the high school for $27,900.

• Approved a bid from Alpha Mechanical to replace two controllers in the middle school’s chiller system to fix faulty trips in the system for $12,500.

• Approved seeking bids for replacing the kitchen air makeup roof top unit at the middle school.

• Approved seeking bids for a new pickup truck for the maintenance department to replace the current truck from 1999.

• Approved the 2019-20 and 2020-21 teacher’s contracts. The contacts include raises in base pay for certified staff and eligible administrators.

• Approved the following resignations: assistant superintendent Todd Hitchcock; concessions supervisor Lisa Jennings and part-time cafeteria staff Francis Waddell at the high school; sixth grade boys basketball assistant Alex Simmers at the middle school; and Math Bowl coach Andrea Ackerman at Ireland Elementary.

• Approved the following appointments: cafeteria staff Glenda Persohn and concessions supervisor Bea Cobo at the high school; and assistant boys cross country coach Maria Weinel, head girls basketball coach Kevin Schipp, assistant girls basketball coach Christine Waddell and boys assistant basketball coach Jeff Richardson at the middle school.

• Approved the Tenth Street fifth grade field trip to the Louisville Science Center.

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