Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday and:

• Elected officers for 2020. The slate is: Brian Gehlhausen, president; Annie Oxley, vice president; and Don Detzer, secretary.

• Appointed Martha Barnett corporation treasurer and Melissa Morlock deputy treasurer.

• Set bonds for treasurers throughout the corporation to protect the school against financial loss. The corporation treasurer and high school and middle school extracurricular activities treasurer each have a bond of $50,000. The corporation deputy treasurer, athletic secretary, elementary school treasurers and lunch fund assistants each have a bond of $20,000.

• Set board compensation at $2,000 for the year, plus $50 per special meeting, $20 per committee meeting and $0.50 per mile for professional development and special meetings.

• Approved retaining Bruce Cissna as attorney for the corporation for an annual retainer of $7,000.

• Held the annual board of finance meeting to review the corporation’s investments.

• Approved accounting transfers to close the 2019 books.

• Accepted the following resignations: lead preschool teacher Amber Knies at David Turnham Education Center; custodian Morgan Bolin at Lincoln Trail Elementary; and volleyball coach Amber Wetzel at Heritage Hills Middle School.

• Approved the retirement of Heritage Hills High School Principal Nick Alcorn, effective June 30, 2020.

• Approved the following appointments: instructional assistant Jody Michael Galyan at Chrisney Elementary; lead preschool teacher Kendra Brittingham at David Turnham; and instructional assistant Dakota Henderson at Lincoln Trail Elementary.

• Heard that a Pasta with a Purpose benefit dinner will be held at Chrisney Elementary for secretary Susan Roos from 4:30 to 7 p.m. CT Friday.

• Approved transferring $150,000 from the education fund to the operations fund. This is a monthly action.

• Approved a clerk-of-the-works service agreement with the Stenftenagel Group of Jasper to manage continuing and future construction maintenance projects around the corporation.

• Approved a letter of engagement with Ice Miller Legal Counsel of Indianapolis for bond counsel services.

• Heard that the school received a $4,365.16 distribution check from the Library Fund at the Spencer County Community Foundation for the purchase of books and reading materials for the school libraries.

• Approved updates to the high school curriculum guide for the 2020-21 school year.

• Approved purchasing a used scissor lift from United Rentals of Evansville for $13,900.

• Approved adding “pesticide applicator” to the list of qualified certification stipends in the Non-Certified Employee Handbook.

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

• Approved kindergarten roundup dates of Monday, Feb. 10, at David Turnham; Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Chrisney; Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Lincoln Trail; and Thursday, Feb. 13 at Nancy Hanks Elementary.

• Approved the following field trips: middle school life skills students to community-based learning at Dairy Queen in Huntingburg, Stone Ridge Gas Station in Lincoln City, Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville and Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus; the high school Future Farmers of America to a night meeting at Sky Zone in Evansville; and high school career exploration students to Thermwood Corp. and Spencer Industries at Dale.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: Chrisney faculty and staff to use the cafeteria for a benefit dinner; the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana to use the Nancy Hanks cafeteria for a Girl Scout Discovery event; the David Turnham Wellness Committee to use the high school pool for a Family Swim Night; North Spencer Little League baseball and softball to use Patriot Hall at the high school for sign-ups; Josh and Nicky Gogel to use the high school track and Red Gym for the Brandon Gogel Cancer Benefit; the Patriots Wrestling Club to use the Red Gym and high school cafeteria for an awards banquet; and the Tri-County YMCA to use the PAC building and/or White Gym for a soccer program.

• Heard information from the Indiana Department of Education about possible impacts of the upcoming 2020 Census on federal funds that support Title I, special needs, school nutrition and before- and after-school care programs. Superintendent Dan Scherry said it’s important for the census to be as accurate as possible so that the school gets the correct amount of funding.

• Heard that the corporation’s property tax rate for 2020 is $0.7328 per $100 of assessed value and heard a comparison of the rate compared to nearby and similar school corporations.

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