Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday, July 22, and:

• Approved the following resignations: instructional assistant Andrew Hagan at Chrisney Elementary and Heritage Hills Middle School; instructional assistant Lesley Meyer at Chrisney Elementary; instructional assistant Jennifer Rosales at Lincoln Trail Elementary; lead perschool teacher Lexi Sigler at Nancy Hanks Elementary; and part-time business teacher Angie Hochgesang at Heritage Hills High School.

• Approved the following hires: instructional assistant Laura Scouten at Chrisney Elementary; lead preschool teacher Kendra Tribbie and preschool assistant Shannon Werne at Nancy Hanks Elementary; and volunteer assistant girls golf coach Tom Nelson, assistant girls soccer coach Breigh Haase, head boys tennis coach Phil Burden and assistant boys tennis coach Corey Mauck at the high school.

• Approved transferring $100,000 from the education fund to the operations fund. This is a monthly action. Approved advertising the proposed 2020 budget.

• Approved reducing the amount paid into the teacher retirement fund as required by law. North Spencer is able to reduce their contribution to the state fund by $13,400, and that amount will be directed to teacher compensation for the coming year. The move is the result in a change in state law aimed at helping local school corporations give teachers more pay.

• Reviewed superintendent goals from the 2018-19 school year and noted plans to meet in executive session following the Monday, Aug. 12, school board meeting to conduct the superintendent evaluation.

• Reviewed new transportation laws and heard how they will affect North Spencer’s bus routes.

• Approved a student bus pickup requiring students to cross State Road 145 between County Road 1200 North and County Road 1100 North.

• Approved two field trips: five middle school special education students to Stir-N-Up Hope in Ferdinand; and 15 high school publication students to a yearbook graphic design workshop at Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

• Approved Superintendent Dan Scherry to attend the fall Indiana School Board Association and Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents conferences in Indianapolis.

• Approved the Minutemen Football to use the high school cafeteria for equipment distribution on Aug. 15, grassy areas at the corporation elementary schools for practice and the high school football game and practice fields as available for games on Saturdays during the season.

• Heard that the marching band launched a website,

• Heard that high school student Ethan Roos was elected governor at Hoosier Boys State this summer and that high school student Mason Sandage won second in the nation at a motorcycle repair competition.

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