Meeting: Otwell Miller Academy

The Otwell Miller Academy School Board met Monday and:

• Held an executive session to discuss contractors for building a facility for a food service program. The school hopes to offer food services beginning in February, though the free-and-reduced-lunch program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will not be available at the school until the fall. The board will hold a special meeting to discuss the final details for the program at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the school, 9958 E. County Road 150N, Otwell.

• Discussed adding a playground for the school. The staff found a playground set they like, but the installation is cost prohibitive at this time.

• Approved a contract with occupational therapist Danielle Houtsch to serve the school’s special-needs students.

• Approved updating the pay schedule for staff members who had a post-secondary degree change in the first semester.

• Decided not to purchase an audio meter for student hearing tests. So far, the school has been able to borrow one when necessary, and the school plans to join the Southern Indiana Education Center next year, which will provide access to an audio meter and other resources.

• Discussed the 2019-20 school year calendar. The board is deciding between the Dubois County or Pike County calendars.

• Heard that the school received $1,500 in Title II funding for staff retention and recruitment.

• Heard that the fencing for around the electrical infrastructure behind the school arrived and will be installed over Christmas break, as will additional baseboarding in the classrooms.

• Heard that the school will offer an after-school tutoring program beginning Jan. 15 for students who need to catch up or who want to move ahead.

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