Meeting: North Spencer Schools

The North Spencer School Board met Monday, Feb. 11, and:

• Accepted the resignations of German teacher Katelyn Gehlhausen and custodian Stephanie Helt at Heritage Hills High School.

• Appointed German teacher Matthew Etienne, fine arts academic coach Laura Staffeld, assistant drama teacher Lori Koch and volunteer drama coach Nick Waninger at the high school and long-term substitute science teacher Carrie Scott at Heritage Hills Middle School.

• Welcomed Max and Seth Schaefer to the board meeting. The two are working on their Citizenship in the Community scouting merit badge.

• Approved transferring $100,000 from the education fund to the operations fund to cover operations fund expenses that can be covered by state tuition costs. The transfer reflects changes to school funding laws.

• Approved posting a vacancy for a fifth-grade teacher at Chrisney Elementary School.

• Approved purchasing a lawn mower for the high school from All Seasons Lawn Equipment of Dale for $11,484.

• Approved Duff & Phelps to complete an update of the corporation’s fixed assets accounting records for $8,800.

• Approved the purchase of certificates of deposit from Freedom Bank and Spencer County Bank using the rainy day fund.

• Created a professional development fund that will be funded through interest derived from certificate of deposit maturity.

• Moved the Monday, April 8, meeting to 3:30 p.m. CT, and the Monday, April 22, board meeting to Monday, April 29, at 3:30 p.m. CT to follow school visits.

• Approved the following schedule of school visits: all five elementary schools on Monday, April 8, with the board meeting to follow the visits and the middle and high school in the afternoon on Monday, April 29, with the board meeting to follow the visits.

• Approved the following field trips: high school students to career exploration events at Superior Ag in Dale, National Office Furniture in Santa Claus, Best Home Furnishings in Ferdinand and OFS in Huntingburg; the high school Future Farmers of America to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville; 38 middle and high school students to the Tri-State Science Fair at University of Southern Indiana in Evansville; the winter percussion ensemble to the Winter Percussion Championship at Northern Kentucky University; and high school engineering students to the Southwest Indiana STEM Challenge at Oakland City University.

• Approved Jody Schmitt and Angie Burch to attend the Emotional Poverty with Ruby Payne training in Plainfield.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: Cub Scout Pack #100 to use the David Turnham Education Center cafeteria for a car derby on March 3; the Purdue Extension Service to use the David Turnham cafeteria and gym for a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) club on Tuesdays; the North Spencer Soccer Association to use Heritage Hills indoor athletic facilities for practice during inclement weather this season; and the FFA to use the high school for the District 10 convention and leadership development competition on March 22.

• Congratulated the high school band on success at the Indiana State School Music Association Solo and Ensemble contest. All students received either a gold or silver rating, and several advanced to state.

• Heard a report on the Indiana Department of Education’s corporation safety audit.

• Congratulated auto students Brad Gasaway, Spencer Vaal, Tyler Luecke, Mason Sandage and Wyatt Keller on their performance at the Skills USA Regional competition for vocational students.

• Congratulated the Singing Patriots on their success at the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest. Several students advanced to state.

• Congratulated Lincoln Trail Elementary on its nomination for the 2019 Blue Ribbon School designation.

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