Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Wednesday and:

• Held the public ratification meeting to take public comment on the tentative agreement between the school corporation and the local teachers union. The agreement, which covers 2019-20, sets the teacher pay range between $37,000 and $69,676, can be found at

• Approved the 2020 compensation for non-certified staff.

• Approved advertising the hearing on the superintendent’s contract. The hearing will be held during the regularly scheduled school board meeting for 6 p.m. CT Monday, Oct. 28, at the corporation office, 3720 E. State Road 162, Lincoln City.

• Heard a presentation from Heritage Hills Middle School students on the newly formed Heritage Hills Hiking Club.

• Approved the retirement of corporation administrative office manager and deputy treasurer Karen Hildenbrand and the resignation of Heritage Hills High School instructional assistant Erin Vaal.

• Approved the following appointments: after school assistant Jody Gaylan at Chrisney Elementary; head of maintenance Andrew Heid at David Turnham Education Center; instructional assistant Kateland Bailey at Lincoln Trail Elementary; and volunteer assistant swim coach Logan Ayer and cafeteria assistants Crystal Weyer and Janiece Frey at the high school.

• Heard a report about erosion corrections and improvements made to the east soccer ditch at the high school.

• Approved advertising for bids for a rooftop unit replacement project at the high school.

• Approved transferring $100,000 from the education fund to the operations fund.

• Approved a mobile Wi-Fi checkout policy for hot spots the school obtained through a grant.

• Approved the purchase and installation of a garbage disposal from CT Design of Evansville for $1,890.90.

• Approved a beverage contract with Pepsi to serve the middle and high schools.

• Approved the 2019-20 expenditure goals.

• Approved the 2020-21 school calendar.

• Approved the following field trips: advanced manufacturing students to career exploration at AK Steel; Nancy Hanks first-graders to Amish country in Montgomery; Chrisney Elementary kindergarten to Reid’s Orchard in Owensboro, Kentucky; corporation first-graders to vision screening at Huntingburg Elementary School; Lincoln Trail and Nancy Hanks third-graders to Squire Boone Caverns in Marengo; high school life skills students to community-based learning at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, the French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick, and Aldi and Costco in Evansville; Nancy Hanks kindergartners to Trunnell’s Farm Market in Utica, Kentucky; Nancy Hanks fourth-graders to historical Corydon; Chrisney Elementary third- and fifth-graders to the Evansville Thunderbolts Education Day at the Ford Center in Evansville; Lincoln Trail sixth-graders to the Willard Library and Barnes and Noble in Evansville; the middle school Spell Bowl team to the state competition at Jasper Middle School; and the middle school cheerleaders to a cheer clinic at Center Grove High School in Indianapolis.

• Approved the 2020 and 2021 eighth grade Washington, D.C. trips.

• Approved the following professional leaves: Adam Zollman to a wrestling coaches clinic at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis; Amy Priest and Amber Wetzel to the social emotional learning conference in Noblesville; Leah Horton to the school nurses annual fall conference in Indianapolis; and Tama Rickelman, Brian Pund, Duane Lorey and Janet Stoermer to the Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators technology conference in Indianapolis.

• Approved the following facility use requests: the Santa Claus Optimists Club to use the high school football field for the Tri-Star Punt, Pass and Kick competition; and the North Spencer Youth Softball League to use the Patriot Athletic Center for a pitching clinic.

• Superintendent Dan Scherry shared a letter from a community member complimenting the middle and high school choir on their participation during the Evansville Philharmonic performance.

• Congratulated the high school engineering students for their performance at the Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing Challenge at Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

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