Meeting: Northeast Dubois Schools

The Northeast Dubois School Board met Tuesday and:

• Took several steps toward beginning construction on a renovation at Northeast Dubois High School.

• Approved the following hires: cafeteria assistant Beverly Harris, librarian Kim Butler and special education assistant Stacy Helming at the high school; and special education assistant Jolene Sitzman at Dubois Middle School.

• Approved the agreement for participation in the Exceptional Children’s Co-op, which provides services for special needs students to participating schools in Dubois, Spencer, Perry and Pike counties. All Dubois County schools are members.

• Approved raising the pay of the two corporation bus drivers by $10 a day for the next four years. The action brings their pay in line with what the corporation pays contracted bus drivers and matches the contract period.

• Approved $10,000 bond amounts for each of the corporation’s extracurricular treasurers. The bonds are required by law and protect the school in cases of financial mismanagement.

• Approved changing the dates of Grandparents Day at Dubois and Celestine elementary schools to Wednesday, Sept. 18, and Thursday, Sept. 19, to coincide with the book fair.

• Approved using the $46,865 the corporation will save in retirement contributions toward teacher pay. The savings comes after the Indiana Legislature directed money from the state’s budget surplus to decrease the local contributions to the retirement fund for teachers hired after July 1995. Before the action, local corporations paid 10.5% of teachers’ retirement. Now, they will pay 8.5%.

• Approved the 2020 budget timeline and heard an overview of the budget. The proposed budget has $5,546,000 in the education fund, $3,281,475 in the operations fund, $645,00 in the referendum fund, $606,260 in the debt service fund and $200,000 in the rainy day fund. Both the education and operations funds will likely be cut by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance during the budgeting process, and the debt service budget will have to be amended after the bonds for the high school renovation are sold. The board will hold a public hearing on the budget at its August board meeting, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the corporation office, 5379 Main St., Dubois. The Dubois County Council gives final approval for the school’s budget.

• Heard that online registration for the 2019-20 school year will open Friday, with in-person registration set for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at each of the schools.

• Heard that the first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 7.

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