Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday and:

• Elected officers for 2019. They are: Lori Gogel, president; Brian Gehlhausen, vice president; and Don Detzer, secretary.

• Approved Martha Barnett as corporation treasurer and Karen Hildenbrand as corporation deputy treasurer.

• Approved bonds for treasurer positions throughout the corporation. The bonds act as insurance for the corporation against financial crimes. The bond amounts are: $50,000 each for the corporation treasurer and middle and high school extracurricular activities treasurer; $20,000 for the lunch fund assistant; and $15,000 each for the corporation deputy treasurer and elementary school treasurers.

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

• Approved holding board meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. CT at the corporation office, 3720 E. State Road 162, Lincoln City.

• Retained Art Nordhoff as the corporation attorney for 2019 for $7,000 for the year.

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

• Approved accounting transfers to establish the education and operations funds as required by new state school funding laws.

• Approved transferring $150,000 from the education fund to the operations fund.

• Accepted the resignations of Heritage Hills High School business teacher Angie Hochgesang and high school biology/environmental science teacher Holly McCutchan.

• Appointed special needs bus driver Sherri Lautner and part-time cafeteria assistant Kendra Gogel at David Turnham Education Center; evening custodian Audrey Sodrel at Lincoln Trail Elementary; long-term substitute science teacher Bob Compton at Heritage Hills Middle School; and student lifeguard Madison Klem at the high school.

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

• Heard that the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance set the corporation’s 2019 tax rate at $0.7534 per $100 of assessed value.

• Received a donation of $3,452 from the Spencer County Community Foundation for school libraries.

• Approved purchasing furniture for the new administration building from National Office Furniture for $52,550.

• Approved purchasing appliances for the new administration building from Ruxer Furniture and Appliances of St. Meinrad for $1,332.

• Approved B-Dry Systems of Southwest Indiana of Newburgh for moisture management for the new administration building for $15,200.

• Approved the following kindergarten roundup dates: Feb. 11 for David Turnham; Feb. 12 for Chrisney Elementary; Feb. 13 for Lincoln Trail; and Feb. 14 for Nancy Hanks Elementary.

• Approved bus route contracts for 2019-2023.

• Approved a resolution to create an ordinance that addresses unauthorized dumping on school property.

• Approved the following field trips: high school students to career exploration at Spencer Industries in Dale; the Patriettes dance team to a competition in French Lick; the Lincoln Trail Math Bowl team to a competition at Lanesville Elementary; high school students to career exploration at Cape Sandy Quarry-Mulzer Crushed Stone in Leavenworth; middle school students to community-based instruction at Stone Ridge gas station in Santa Claus, at Breakaway Lanes in Huntingburg, at McDonald’s in Ferdinand, at Holiday World in Santa Claus and at Smothers Park in Owensboro, Kentucky.

• Approved the following professional leaves: Chrisney Elementary staff members Lori Hermann, Nikki Crews, Katie Huebschman and Brittany Forler to attend the National Title I conference in Kansas City, Missouri; and high school teacher Keith Dossett to attend the Kentucky Music Education Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

• Approved Indiana Firestix 12U girls softball to use the Patriot Athletic Center for practices in January, February and March.

• Heard that the corporation received a $1,899.41 rebate from Vectren’s Interior Lighting Power Density Reduction program.

• Congratulated the high school on completing the requirements for an external review from AdvancED, the accreditation service used by the school.

• Heard that the corporation schools underwent a safety audit earlier this month from the Indiana Department of Education.

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