Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday and:

• Approved the following resignations: instructional assistant Bethany Norrick, custodian Audrey Sodrel, third-grade teacher Lisa Schroeder and fourth-grade teacher Lori Persohn at Lincoln Trail Elementary; preschool special education teacher Krista Thomas at Nancy Hanks Elementary; and school nurse Cathy Hawkins, teacher, assistant baseball coach and assistant girls soccer coach Austin Fischer and head girls track coach Dawn Mix at Heritage Hills High School.

• Approved the following hires: instructional assistant Jenna Fulkerson at David Turnham Education Center; cafeteria assistant Dave Waninger, custodian Kensey Myers, third-grade teacher Kristin Wendell and instructional assistants Breigh Haase and Jessica Kincaid at Lincoln Trail; girls track coach Breigh Haase at Heritage Hills Middle School; and head girls track coach Josh Wilson and volunteer assistant wrestling coach Davis Jochim at the high school.

• Heard an update on construction projects around the corporation.

• Approved transferring $100,000 from the education fund to the operations fund. The transfer is a monthly action.

• Approved the 2020 budget calendar. The board will hold a budget workshop on Monday, Aug. 12, a hearing on Monday, Aug. 26, and adoption on Monday, Sept. 23. All actions are during regularly scheduled board meetings, set for 6 p.m. CT at the corporation office, 3720 E. State Road 162, Lincoln City.

• Approved bids for food products, paper goods, chemicals and small wares for the 2019-20 school year based on bid documents.

• Approved purchasing two booster heaters from B&B Food Distributors of Odon for $5,039.10.

• Held the first reading of the elementary school handbook, the middle school handbook and the high school handbook.

• Approved purchasing various pieces of equipment for career and technical education programs for a total of $30,666.96.

• Approved leasing a copier/printer from Hoosier Business Machines of Jasper for $1,267.05 per month.

• Approved canceling the Monday, July 8, board meeting.

• Heard that the corporation’s contract with Superintendent Dan Scherry will renew automatically on June 30 unless the board takes action otherwise.

• Approved the following professional leaves: Heather Adkins, Dana Campbell, Marissa Eye, Kelsey Henrickson, Lori Hermann, Jen Jazyk, Ben Kilbarger, Traci Porter and Heather Souders to the Smekens Education Literacy Retreat in French Lick; Becky Gasaway to attend Josten’s Advisors University for Student Publications in Orlando, Florida; and Dawn Mix and Miranda Mundy to Techmas in July technology conference in Madison.

• Heard that the administrators met for a leadership team retreat and that school staff will participate in a book study of “Emotional Poverty in All Demographics: How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety, and Violence in the Classroom” by Ruby Payne.

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