Meeting: Northeast Dubois Schools

The Northeast Dubois School Board met Tuesday and:

• Approved a field trip for the seventh-graders to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and attend a Louisville Bats game in Louisville, Kentucky.

• Hired Tony Smock as the corporation maintenance director.

• Approved high school teacher Amy Mitchell and student Taylor Neukam to attend the Educators Rising national competition and conference in Dallas. Taylor won the first ever Educators Rising competition in Indiana a few weeks ago with a bilingual children’s book she wrote. The Indiana School Teachers Association will cover travel costs for both Taylor and Mitchell.

• Set the next board work session for 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the multipurpose room at Dubois Middle School, 4550 N 4th St. The board will discuss funding for upcoming renovation projects.

• Heard a presentation from third-graders Landon Mueth and Levi Pankey on the Flat Stanley project. The project is based on the “Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures” book series that features a two-dimensional boy named Stanley traveling the world. In the project, students send a cardboard cutout of Flat Stanley to someone they know who lives far away, and that person sends Stanley back along with some photos and descriptions of what life is like there.

• Heard a presentation from the high school economics class on the results of a study they did about student technology devices. The students researched different laptops and tablets to come up with the most efficient and cost-effective options for the school. The groups all recommended younger grades staying with iPads, which are currently issued to every student, but suggested Chromebook laptops for seventh through 12th grades because older students need devices with keyboards and more processing power.

• Heard that the Indiana State Board of Accounts arrived on March 13 to conduct a three-year audit.

• Heard that next week is spring break and that as long there are no more snow days, school will also not be session on Friday, April 19, and Monday, April 22, giving students a four-day weekend over the Easter holiday.

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