Meeting: Northeast Dubois Schools

The Northeast Dubois School Board met Tuesday and:

• Held the public hearing on the capital projects and bus replacement plans for the 2021 budget. There were no public comments.

• Heard that the bond sale for phase two of the renovation project at Northeast Dubois Junior-Senior High School is complete. The project will go out for bid on Monday. Phase one of the project is wrapping up, and phase two will renovate the gym area. Both projects are to equip the building to house seventh through 12th grades.

• Heard that phase one of the renovation at the junior-senior high school is wrapping up. The locker installation will wrap up this week. Crews are still waiting on some furniture and countertops, which are being held up by supply chain delays due to COVID-19.

• Approved a deed transfer for Celestine Elementary School to return the property to the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. A story appeared in Wednesday's paper.

• Approved a bus stop where a child must cross a highway to exit the school bus in the afternoon. A 2019 law prohibits bus stops on highways where a student must cross the highway, but allows school boards to approve exceptions. The board approved this exception at the parent's request and because the parent agreed to meet their child at the bus and walk across the highway with them. Rerouting the bus to allow the child to disembark on the other side of the highway would have added about half an hour to the student's bus ride.

• Approved the corporation's teacher appreciation grant policy. The policy determines how the corporation will distribute funds from the teacher appreciation grant that the State of Indiana awards annually.

• Approved the corporation's teacher evaluation system. The corporation and the Northeast Dubois Classroom Teachers Association review the policy annually and adjust as necessary.

• Heard that the beginning of the year has been challenging, but overall it is going well. Students and staff are adjusting well to the COVID-19 precautions, building administrators reported, and there have been minimal issues with wearing facial coverings.

• Reviewed the corporation's facial covering policy and made no changes. The board will continue to review the policy monthly. The corporation will continue to operate according to Gov. Eric Holcomb's mask mandate. Should Holcomb lift the mandate, the corporation will follow its facial covering policy.

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