Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday and:

• Accepted the resignation of Heritage Hills High School head boys tennis coach Phillip Burden.

• Appointed Principal Jeff Cochren, volunteer assistant cross country coach Holly Bartelt, volunteer drama department assistants Nick Waninger and Brian Fortune, assistant drama coach Lori Koch and temporary teachers Kara Greenwood and Clayton Ahlemeyer at the high school; and cafeteria assistant Hayley Ellis at David Turnham Education Center.

• Approved a transfer of $100,000 from the education fund to the operations fund.

• Approved board policy updates from Neola Inc., which is an independent organization that recommends policy and bylaw updates for member school boards.

• Approved rolling over the 12-month certificate of deposit that matures this month, provided rates are equal or better than the current status.

• Set a board work session for 5 p.m. CT Monday, Feb. 24.

• Approved the 2020 Summer Feeding Program in coordination with the Tri-State Food Bank and the Purdue Extension. The program will be housed at Chrisney Elementary and David Turnham from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 1 to July 30.

• Approved a bid from Masons & More of Santa Claus for repair work on the high school baseball backstop for $11,375.

• Set the schedule for the board to make school visits in April and moved the April board meetings to correspond to those visits. Visits will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 14, with a board meeting to follow at 3:30 p.m. CT and from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT Monday, April 27, with a board meeting to follow at 3:30 p.m. CT. Board meetings are held at the corporation office, 3720 E. State Road 162, Lincoln City.

• Moved the start time of the March 9 board meeting to 4:30 p.m. CT so that board members and Superintendent Dan Scherry can attend the high school academic awards banquet.

• Approved Heritage Hills Middle School Principal Chad Schnieders and school counselor Julie Becher to attend Practical Tools for Education the Whole Child at Indiana University-Bloomington.

• Approved the following field trips: high school School 2 Career students to career exploration at Superior Ag in Dale, Waupaca Foundry in Tell City, Mulzer Crushed Stone and Cape Sandy Quarry, and National Office Furniture in Jasper; 13 high school students to the I.T. Symposium at Vincennes University; high school Spanish students to the Spring in Spain performance in Evansville and to the Louisville Zoo; 20 middle school students to the Academic Bowl at Cedar Crest Intermediate School in Bretzville; Chrisney Elementary third-graders to Springtime on the Farm at the Spencer County 4-H Center; the high school Spanish IV students to the Foreign Language Bowl at the University of Southern Indiana; and the high school choir to the Music in the Parks Festival in St. Louis.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari to use the high school pool for lifeguard training; USA Softball to use the Patriot Athletic Center for a clinic; the high school After Prom Committee to use the high school for fundraising activities and After Prom; the Riley Dance Marathon committee to use the high school for the Riley Dance Marathon; and DistinXion Inc. to use the high school Red Gym for basketball camp and character-building exercises.

• Congratulated nine auto mechanics students for their performance in the Skills USA competition. The team qualified for state.

• Congratulated the choir members for their performances in the Indiana State School Music Association solo and ensemble competition.

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