Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Adopted textbooks for German I, II and III.

• Heard a presentation about upcoming professional development opportunities for teachers, which include programs on project-based learning and e-learning.

• Heard that bus inspections were completed and that all buses in the school’s fleet are being deep cleaned.

• Heard that seven stop-arm cameras are in the works, with four to be paid for by donations.

• Heard that the corporation applied for a $30,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education for social-emotional learning programs.

• Heard that a wellness committee of administrators, staff and students formed to review the corporation’s wellness programs.

• Heard that a committee formed to begin planning for students to return to school in the fall.

• Heard that safety planning for Jasper Elementary, which will open for classes this fall, is underway.

• Heard that construction of Jasper Elementary is winding down and that staff will begin moving into the building at the beginning of June.

• Heard that summer maintenance projects, including security upgrades at Jasper High School, Jasper Middle School and Ireland Elementary, and repaving the high school south parking lot have begun.

• Approved a bid from Alpha Marble and Terrazzo of $108,750 for vitrification of the terrazzo flooring at the high school. The process will extend the life of the flooring and cut down on maintenance needs.

• Approved clerk of the works The Stenftenagel Group to accept bids for the replacement of energy recovery wheels on the air handler units at the middle school and to accept the low bid once bids are received. The board took the action rather than waiting until its June meeting to approve a bid to ensure the school could receive the parts in time to complete the project over summer vacation.

• Approved the tentative plan to hold a commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, in the high school gym. Details of the ceremony are still being finalized and will depend on guidance from the Dubois County Health Department, the Indiana State Department of Health and Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan.

• Approved meal prices for the 2020-21 school year. There was no change in the prices.

• Approved purchasing laptops for incoming fifth grade students from CDI Technology of Aurora, Illinois, for about $55,000, which will come from textbook rental fees and the capital projects fund. The board tabled a decision on a four-year warranty.

• Discussed changes to the JHS student handbook for the 2020-21 school year. The board will vote on the changes at its June meeting.

• Approved Tri-County YMCA to hold a summer child care program at Fifth Street Elementary from June 14 to Aug. 11, pending approval from the Dubois County Health Department.

• Heard that students are returning textbooks and computer devices this week and will receive personal items left at the schools at that time.

• Approved the following resignations: instructional assistant Jeanie Scherer at JHS; and part-time instructional assistant Cheri Acton at Fifth Street.

• Approved increasing hours for Pat Fleck at Ireland Elementary from 20 hours per week to 28.

• Heard that the June board meeting will be held in the high school cafeteria at 7 p.m. Monday, June 22. It will be streamed via Facebook Live for the public to view.

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