Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Recognized corporation staffers with Wildcat Spotlight awards. Jasper High School Tennis Coach Scott Yarbrough was honored; as were Sean Jochum, Brian Uebelhor and Dana Kunz for their career and technical counseling and support services at the high school.

• Heard a report regarding instruction at Jasper Middle School. The school is focusing on promoting social and emotional learning through a multi-tiered system of support.

• Approved a list of summer enrichment programs that will be led by corporation teachers. The popular, non-credit programs focus on areas like science, art, strength and conditioning, dance and cheerleading, piano, sewing and more.

• Heard from Assistant Superintendent Glenn Buechlein that two additional bus drivers have been added to the district’s team. Also heard that corporation leadership is looking into an application that would allow parents to see precisely when a bus will arrive, and would also provide on-board navigation for substitute drivers. Stop-arm violations could also be marked on the app.

• Heard that the finishes are continuing to be installed on the inside of the new Jasper Elementary School, and more work is ongoing at the site. Students from Fifth Street Elementary School and Tenth Street Elementary School are set to move into the space when the 2020-21 school year begins on Aug. 12.

• Approved seeking bids for a project that will facilitate the replacement of the high school’s south, concrete parking lot with a new, asphalt or concrete surface. As part of the project, a small sidewalk would be added on the east side of the lot.

• Approved employing Schmidt Associates from Indianapolis and Brosmer Land Surveying & Engineering of Jasper to work on master planning and layout of renovations and improvements to Alumni Stadium. The potential demolition of nearby Fifth Street Elementary will be factored into that planning. A final decision has not been made on the fate of the soon-to-be-vacated building, but it is possible that all or parts of that building could be razed after Jasper Elementary opens. A full story is on Page One.

• Heard that the board’s March board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at the corporation office, 1520 Saint Charles St. The meeting will be held a week earlier than normal due to spring break.

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