Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday and:

• Held a public hearing on the 2020 bus replacement and capital projects plans and proposed budget. No public comments were submitted.

• Hired Jayden Reyes as a custodian at Chrisney Elementary School.

• Appointed board members Clint Coleman, Annie Oxley and David Waninger to the bargaining committee for the 2019-20 school year. They will be responsible for negotiations with the local teacher union.

• Appointed board members Don Detzer, Lori Gogel and Lahna Mulzer to the calendar committee for the 2019-20 school year.

• Approved using the North Spencer RISE evaluation process for staff evaluations during the 2019-20 school year.

• Approved purchasing a large capacity shredder for $2,455 from Lang Company, Inc. of Evansville.

• Approved purchasing classroom furniture for $3,130.20 from Lee Company Inc. of Terre Haute.

• Approved purchasing a Scag Turf Tiger mower for $12,309 from All Seasons Lawn Equipment of Dale.

• Held the first reading of changes to Neola Inc. board policies. Neola Inc. is an independent organization that recommends policy and bylaw updates for member school boards.

• Approved 70 students who reached the summer reading goal at Nancy Hanks Elementary to attend a reward field trip at Jasper 8 Theatres.

• Approved Jen Jazyk to attend the Indiana Department of Education School Improvement Conference in Indianapolis.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: Laurie VanConia to provide free American Sign Language classes at the Lincoln Trail Elementary library from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. CT Tuesdays through Oct. 15; and the 3 Point Club to use the Red, White and Blue gyms at Heritage Hills High School for travel basketball tournaments the weekends of Feb. 22, 2020, and Feb. 29, 2020, and for the Hoosier Basketball Magazine North/South All-Star game on April 5, 2020.

• Heard that a corporationwide letter was sent to parents with students in third through eighth grades regarding the ILEARN results. ILEARN is Indiana’s new standardized test. Students took ILEARN for the first time last year, and the results will be released publicly on Wednesday. Officials expect pass rates to be lower across the state.

• Heard that the Heritage Hills Future Farmers of America Agronomy Team 1 placed first in the Purdue University Crop Scouting Competition held Aug. 8 at the Beck’s Agronomy Center for Research and Education. Team members are Gabe Gogel, Sydney Hassfurther, Alex Gehlhausen, Bryce Peter and Luke Rahman.

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