Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday and:

• Heard a presentation about the grab-and-go food service program the corporation is offering to provide food to students during the COVID-19 school closure.

• Approved the following resignations: instructional assistants Laura Phillips and Ashley Stidham at Lincoln Trail Elementary; and career and technical education teacher Jacob Broerman and Student Council sponsor Corey Mauck at Heritage Hills High School.

• Appointed Sara Obermeier as lead preschool teacher at Nancy Hanks Elementary.

• Approved advertising project hearings for upcoming facilities maintenance projects during the May 26 and June 8 board meetings. The hearings will take place during the regularly scheduled board meetings, set for 6 p.m. CT at the corporation office, 3720 E. State Road 162, Lincoln City.

• Approved a request to allow high school seniors to purchase their Chromebooks from the school corporation for $20 at the end of the school year.

• Held the first reading of the 2020-21 student handbooks for the high school and Heritage Hills Middle School.

• Approved issuing teacher reduction/reassignment letters as necessary. This is an annual action taken at the end of the school year.

• Rescheduled the Monday, May 25, board meeting to Tuesday, May 26, due to Memorial Day.

• Approved summer hours for the corporation office: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT June 10 through July 27.

• Approved Summer Community Adventures to use the gym, cafeteria and outdoor property at David Turnham Education Center for summer enrichment activities.

• Heard a report on school operations during COVID-19 from Superintendent Dan Scherry.

• Heard that the corporation can install a component to the HVAC systems that will remove more minute particles. The board received literature about the component.

• Heard that administrators are looking at how to revitalize elementary classroom sinks. The corporation had let them go dormant with previous lead testing but is now looking at resurrecting them to increase hand washing by staff and students when school buildings reopen.

• Heard that the corporation is prepared for summer school and other summer activities should the COVID-19 restrictions be eased, but Scherry said he is not counting on the activities happening.

• Heard that the corporation has received several donations to help with maintaining food programs and covering instructional shortfalls, including a $500 rapid response grant from the Spencer County Community Foundation; e-learning assistance from Ken and DeNae Mulzer; and a $535 donation to each school’s lunch program from the Spencer County Democrats to help provide food to children in need.

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