Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Approved Sammy Irelan to build a bridge in conjunction with a mountain bike trail being built by the Dubois County Trail Heads club on school property between the softball field and the Parklands. The bridge is Irelan’s Eagle Scout project.

• Approved a motion stating interest in moving forward with the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition on a plan to convert part of Fifth Street Elementary into a children’s resiliency center once the school corporation moves out of the building. The center would house several local nonprofits geared toward aiding children who have been victims of abuse. The project is still in its early stages.

• Heard a presentation on 2018-19 accountability grades from Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Tina Fawks. Fawks shared the corporation’s A-F grades — an A for the corporation, an A for Jasper High School, and a B for the corporation’s other four schools — and explained briefly how the state calculates the grades.

• Approved bids for the contracted bus routes in the corporation. The contracts cover 2020 through 2024 and will come with an annual cost of about $1.7 million. Most of the corporation’s bus routes are contracted. Approved purchasing a new bus from Kerlin Bus Sales of Silver Lake for $103,362. The 78-passenger bus will cover one of three new bus routes the corporation is taking on in the 2020-21 school year.

• Heard that the corporation will take on three new bus routes next school year. One was a contracted bus route that was not covered in the bids, and two are being added after adjusting bus routes to account for the opening of Jasper Elementary School. The goal with the two new routes is to eliminate the need for buses to make double loops and to alleviate some of the crowding on the buses.

• Heard that Jasper Elementary is on schedule for substantial completion in April.

• Approved the Stenftenagel Group — who serves as the corporation’s clerk of the works — to advertise for bids for security system upgrades at the high school, middle school, Ireland Elementary and the administrative office that will install wireless electronic lock sets on all doors in the schools, including classroom doors. Jasper Elementary is being built with the same system.

• Approved purchasing upgrades to the security card access RS2 software the corporation uses for a total of $41,750.

• Approved a bid from Jasper Lumber Company for renovations to the administrative office for $180,613. The renovations include floor covering removal and replacement, removal of existing vinyl wall covering, installation of new wall finishes, painting of all door frames, window replacement, installation of rubber stair tread, refinishing trim along the stairwell, painting/covering of existing exterior steel lintels and painting of new exterior doors. The work is scheduled to begin in July and finish in October.

• Approved contracting Gibraltar Design of Indianapolis for preliminary design work in the design and development phase of construction of a bus maintenance building for $33,750. The work includes examining possible locations and a preliminary design of the building.

• Approved a contract with Gibraltar Design of Indianapolis for design work on the furniture replacement project at Jasper High School for $38,750.

• Approved a resolution officially closing Fifth Street and Tenth Street elementaries and declaring them unused for educational purposes at the end of the school year.

• Approved Superintendent Tracy Lorey to continue to close school in response to the coronavirus pandemic if determined necessary after the current closure ends.

• Approved a resolution to continue compensation for hourly employees who are instructed not to report to work as a result of the pandemic-related school closures.

• Approved the retirement of special education teacher Holly Knies at Fifth Street.

• Approved the following resignations: part-time instructional assistant Jeff Richardson at the high school; cafeteria supervisors Tama Werner, Kelli Gehlhausen and Brenda Miller at Tenth Street, effective at the end of the school year; and Title I coordinator Lynne Bohnert at Fifth Street, effective at the end of the school year.

• Approved the following appointments: assistant boys track coach Leslie Sturm at the middle school; and corporation summer meal staff Loretta Hoffman, Marcia Lindauer and Michelle Witte.

• Approved the high school performing arts trip to sing that National Anthem at the April 29 Cincinnati Reds game, unless the trip needs to be canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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