Meeting: Northeast Dubois Schools

The Northeast Dubois School Board met Tuesday and:

• Heard from concerned members of the public in regards to the potential closing of Celestine Elementary School, and set dates for three public work sessions in which board members will discuss future facilities projects at the corporation’s schools. A full story is on Page One.

• Heard that Verizon Wireless customers will no longer receive text message updates from Remind, the corporation’s alert system for school cancellations and delays, after Monday, Jan. 28. Verizon customers can still receive updates through the service’s smartphone app, local radio and TV stations and the corporation’s Facebook page.

• Heard that all corporation schools received Project Lead the Way grants. Dubois Elementary School and Celestine Elementary each received $2,500 that will pay for teacher training and programming; Dubois Middle School received about $3,600 for training and yearly costs; and the high school received $4,400 for computer science training. 

• Approved the hiring of Denise Palmer as the Northeast Dubois High School treasurer and Leslie Denu as the high school’s head track coach.

• Heard of the resignation of high school assistant Ariel Derr and the retirement of longtime corporation maintenance director Marvin Betz.

• Approved the annual Washington, D.C., trip for seventh- and eighth-graders at Dubois Middle School. The trip will take place in October. Also approved high school agriculture department students to attend a farm machinery show and tractor pull in Louisville, Kentucky, next month.

• Heard that preschool registration will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24. Kindergarten roundups will take place at Celestine Elementary on Thursday, Jan. 31, and at Dubois Elementary on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

• Approved bus contract bids and the upgrading of the corporation’s phone system.

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