Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday and:

• Approved the resignations of information technology technician Devin Harris from the corporation; and custodian Toni Woods at Lincoln Trail Elementary.

• Approved hiring student lifeguards Noah Collignon and Gavin Fuchs, volunteer choir assistant Rusty Keltner and volunteer assistant baseball coach Cody Schmitt at Heritage Hills High School; and instructional assistant Kami Gogel at David Turnham Education Center.

• Approved contracting VPS Engineering and BRiC Engineering, both of Evansville, to provide engineering services for potential 2019 projects that may include the parking lots at the Heritage Hills complex, the swimming pool HVAC systems and the high school roof.

• Approved a board work session for 5 p.m. CT on Monday, Nov. 26.

• Approved the 2019 compensations for non-certified personnel and the accompanying wage and benefit schedule.

• Approved the Vectren Facilities Relocation Agreement so that the company can relocate power from the current administrative office to the new administrative office currently being built.

• Approved a lobbying agreement memorandum of understanding and approved hiring Barnes & Thornburg LLP of Indianapolis to act as the 2019 governmental relations counsel for the corporation for Operations/TIF representation. These actions are part of the corporation’s efforts to get a legislative code change that will allow North Spencer to realize assessed valuation increase when a tax increment financing district is dissolved. The corporation took similar action in 2016, but the bill was not heard due to a short legislative session in 2017. Superintendent Dan Scherry said the school expects favorable results this time since 2019 is a longer legislative session.

• Approved the purchase of a Scag Tiger Cat lawn mower from All Seasons Lawn Equipment of Dale for $5,888.

• Approved advertising to begin the bus route bidding process. Several of the corporation’s bus routes are contracted out to local school bus owners, and those owners must bid on the routes in a process similar to the bidding process for projects.

• Approved the following field trip requests: the Chrisney Elementary first-graders to attend STEM activities at the Chrisney 4-H Center; Lincoln Trail fifth-graders to visit the Evansville Museum; the Nancy Hanks Elementary sixth-graders to visit the Gheen Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium in Louisville; the Heritage Hills Middle School Spell Bowl team to attend the state Spell Bowl competition; high school life skills students to attend community-based instruction in Evansville; the high school choir to Circle the State with Song in Jasper; and the high school Preparing for College and Careers students to Ivy Tech and the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

• Approved the following facility use requests: the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to use the high school auditorium for a permit hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5; and Distinxion Inc. to use the high school’s Red Gym for basketball camp in July.

• Congratulated the fall sports on the completed seasons, including boys cross county runner Mitchell Hopf who qualified for state.

• Congratulated the Beta students on several top-three finishes in various events at the Indiana State Beta Convention.

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