Meeting: Greater Jasper Schools

The Greater Jasper School Board met Monday and:

• Heard that the corporation received notification from the Indiana Department of Education that the Tenth Street Elementary building may be disposed of as the corporation sees fit. No plans are finalized yet, but Superintendent Tracy Lorey said she would have a recommendation for the board in the coming months. The corporation is also working out details with the Catholic Diocese of Evansville, who leased the property to the school corporation for use. When the board chose to close the school building, the corporation had to notify the IDOE so that charter schools could have the opportunity to take the building if they wanted it.

• Approved an emergency chain of command structure to be followed in the event that corporation leaders are incapacitated. The action is part of a series of actions taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Approved a resolution that gives authority to the school corporation to take all actions necessary to address the impact of any school closing and take measures to assist employees as a result of COVID-19.

• Approved a resolution authorizing suspension of policies and procedures in conflict with current law pertaining to COVID-19. This allows the corporation to comply with any waivers, extensions and actions passed down from the Indiana governor’s office or department of education during the COVID-19 pandemic without having the board take actions individually.

• Approved adding all corporation employees to the Employee Assistance Program through LifeSpring.

• Approved the athletics and marching band COVID-19 reentry plans, which will go into effect July 6.

• Heard that the Dubois County Reopening School Task Force was to hold a work session this morning to discuss countywide plans for reopening schools in August.

• Approved the retirement of Tenth Street teacher Marlene Huls.

• Approved the following resignations: Spell Bowl coaches Heather Breslin and Maggie Griffin at Jasper Elementary; part-time instructional assistant Kelsey Foster at Jasper Middle School; and assistant junior varsity girls soccer coach Lenea Harless and assistant varsity football coach Nick Eckert at Jasper High School.

• Approved the following new hires: secretary Rebecca Walker, Title I teacher Emily Eberthardt and instructional assistants Katherine Hurst, Leah Peterson, Brandon Bayer, Austin Hopf and Charity Elkins at Jasper Elementary; and instructional assistant KeAundre Peake at the high school.

• Approved a base salary increase for completing the master’s degree incentive program for the following teachers: Kelly Shields and Ross Polen.

• Approved the 2020-21 hourly employee wage scales and support staff salaries.

• Declared the 1988 charter bus the corporation owns as surplus and for disposal.

• Approved a bid of $29,000 from Mehringer Plumbing and Heating of Jasper to replace the energy wheels on three air handling units at Jasper Middle School.

• Heard an update on current facilities projects throughout the corporation. Staff members have moved into Jasper Elementary, and staff training on building equipment is in the works. The paving of the south parking lot at the high school should be finished in August, and the remodel of the administration office is moving along. Entrance security upgrades at the middle and high schools are complete, but the upgrades at Ireland Elementary are behind due to supply chain interruptions due to COVID-19. The majority of the shipment should arrive in July.

• Approved changes to the 2020-21 Jasper High School handbook.

• Approved publishing a notice to taxpayers about a public hearing regarding an additional appropriation in the education fund to cover the rest of the year’s expenses. The money is in the fund, but it must be appropriated before it can be used. The hearing will take place at the July 27 board meeting, set for 7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

• Heard a summary of health services from corporation nurses and social workers.

• Approved milk and commodities bids for the food service program for 2020-21.

• Declared old technology devices surplus and for disposal.

• Approved reappointing Lisa Kincer to the Jasper Public Library Board for another four-year term.

• Heard that commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, in the high school gym. Social-distancing measures will be in place and each graduate will be allowed four guests.

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