Meeting: Northeast Dubois Schools

The Northeast Dubois School Board met Tuesday and:

• Approved the advertising of the 2019 budget. The total amount budgeted is $9,873,964, with just under $5 million slated to come from the state-funded Education Fund. The maximum estimated funds to be raised from taxes is $3,617,323. Because the school board is appointed and not elected, the Dubois County Council will ultimately approve the budget in October.

• Also approved the 2019 budget timeline. The funds will be advertised on the school’s website and in The Herald on July 29, a hearing will be held for the capital projects fund and bus replacement plan in August, those plans would be adopted in September, and the budget would ultimately be adopted by the County Council in October.

• Heard a presentation from Northeast Dubois High School principal Tina Fawks regarding a new graduation option for the upcoming school year.

• Approved Superintendent Bill Hochgesang’s contract, which runs through June 30, 2021. No comments were made at the hearing last month. His annual salary will be $98,000.

• Approved the hiring of Misty Smith as the high school volleyball coach, Michael Andres Schroeder as the seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher, Leslie Denu as the high school life science teacher, Katrina Messmer as a special education teacher at Northeast Dubois High School, Hannah Humbert as a special education assistant at Dubois Elementary, Regina Schulz as cafeteria assistant at the high school and Teresa Hopf as a cafeteria assistant at Dubois Elementary.

• Heard of the resignations of high school cafeteria employee Marlene Vonderheide, elementary school technology teacher Riley Mehringer, elementary school special assistant Claudia Schuetter and elementary school special education assistant Stacie Carr.

• Approved a $2,000 pay increase for the district’s principals. These include Brenda Ferguson, Ryan Case and Tina Fawks.

• Approved changes to the student handbooks at each school and heard the books can be found online on the corporation’s website under each individual school’s tab or through the Forms & Links tab.

• Heard that open houses will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the preschool; from 4-8 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the high school; and from 4:30-7 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Dubois and Celestine Elementary. A second day of registration will be held at all school campuses on Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also heard that the first full day for students will be on Aug. 10.

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