Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday and:

• Held the public hearing for the 2021 bus replacement plan, the 2021 capital projects plan and the 2021 budget. There were no public comments.

• Approved the resignation of David Turnham Education Center teacher Jessica Kincaid.

• Approved the following appointments: temporary teacher Jennifer Schaefer and instructional assistants Carol Van Winkle and Maribel Mendoza at David Turnham; after school assistant Emily Patmore at Lincoln Trail Elementary; instructional assistant Jessica Kincaid at Nancy Hanks Elementary; and part-time career and technical education instructor Brenda Allen, assistant drama coach Lori Koch and volunteer assistant drama coach Brian Fortune at Heritage Hills High School.

• Approved awarding sick leave bank days as recommended by the sick leave bank committee.

• Heard a construction projects update from Superintendent Dan Scherry.

• Appointed board members Clint Coleman, Annie Oxley and David Waninger to the Bargaining Committee for the 2020-21 school year.

• Appointed board members Don Detzer, Lori Gogel and Lahna Mulzer to the Calendar Committee for the 2020-21 school year.

• Approved North Spencer RISE as the evaluation process to be used during the 2020-21 school year.

• Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with The Isaiah 1:17 Project, which offers support to children entering into foster care.

• Heard that school is off to a smooth start thanks to cooperation between the school buildings and administrators.

• Discussed superintendent goals for the 2020-21 school year.

• Had a virtual conference on recent legal developments within education and on providing free, appropriate public education during remote learning.

• Had a virtual conference with financial counsel about Indiana budget and finances in the wake of COVID-19. The corporation expects to see budget cuts in fiscal year 2022 following the start of a new budget biennium. The state legislature will set the two-year budget — which covers 2022-23 — during the 2021 session.

• Heard an update on COVID-19 and its effect on the corporation. The administrative leadership team met to review and clarify the reentry plan to address absences, fever and quarantine, and to clarify simultaneous remote learning expectations for teachers and students. The corporation does have students in quarantine due to close contact with individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. To maintain privacy and not violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, only those directly impacted as directed by health professionals are notified of COVID-19 cases within schools.

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