Meeting: Northeast Dubois Schools

The Northeast Dubois School Board met Tuesday and:

• Heard a presentation from Audrey Lichlyter’s special education students about a Friday morning coffee shop they set up for teachers at Dubois Middle School. The project helped the students learn interpersonal and business skills, and they used the money they earned to give back to the community through donations to local families in need and to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

• Heard that the Move Up Day for fifth-graders and the job shadow day for eighth-graders went well. Shawn Dooley, a parent in the corporation, shared that his kids liked the events.

• Heard that the student recognition nights at the middle school and Northeast Dubois High School went well. The nights displayed student class work and activities for parents and other community members to see.

• Heard the current balances of all corporation funds. The education fund, which is funded through state tuition dollars and supplemented by the 2016 referendum, has $951,444. All other funds are funded through local property tax dollars. The operations fund has -$7,766; the debt service fund has $337,410; the retirement fund has -$147,721; the retirement debt fund has $351,268; and the referendum fund has -$160,304. All funds in the negative went positive this week when the corporation received its May property tax draw from the county.

• Held a public hearing on the renovation of Northeast Dubois High School to house seventh through 12th grades. A story can be found on Page One.

• Approved the project resolution to move the high school renovation forward.

• Approved the declaration of official intent to reimburse expenditures for the high school renovation project. The declaration allows the corporation to use bond funds to reimburse any project-related costs it pays out of corporation funds once the bonds are issued.

• Approved keeping cafeteria meal prices the same for the 2019-20 school year as they were this year.

• Approved two Beta Club students to attend the National Convention in Oklahoma City in June. The students won their events at the state Beta Club competition to qualify for nationals.

• Approved the retirement of middle school teacher Debbie Gladish. The corporation will eliminate the position following her retirement.

• Heard a presentation from high school Principal Tina Fawks and guidance counselor Kristi Boeglin about high school course offerings and the Graduation Pathways program for the 2019-20 school year.

• Approved the Youth Soccer League to add a restroom to the concession stand at the soccer field at Celestine Elementary.

• Heard that preschool graduation will be at 6 30 p.m. today; middle school graduation will be at 6 p.m. Thursday; and high school graduation will be at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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