Meeting: Southeast Dubois County School Board

The Southeast Dubois County School Board met Wednesday night and:

• Approved professional leaves for Forest Park Junior-Senior High School Principal Jamie Pund, Pine Ridge Elementary Principal Ryan Haas and Ferdinand Elementary Principal Tyler Lemen to attend the principal networking session at the Southern Indiana Education Center in Jasper; for Haas to attend the I Am Pacesetter’s Leadership Dynamics workshop in Indianapolis; Forest Park guidance counselor Dee Ann Wylam to attend the Indiana Student Financial Aide Association Counselor workshop at the University of Evansville; Superintendent Rick Allen to attend the Southern Indiana Superintendents Workshop; teachers Jennifer Blackgrove and Elain Kreilein to attend a Crisis Prevention Institute training at Jasper High School; Pund to attend the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents workshop in Indianapolis; teachers Kerri Winkler, Brooke Wehr, Ashley Becher and Billy Harris to attend High Ability Bootcamp in Spring Mill; Steve DeKemper to bus training in Vincennes; teachers Kerri Winkler and Lisa Knust to the SIEC English Language Learners 2018 conference at Huntingburg Event Center; teacher Audrey Fleck to the Crisis Connection Natural Helpers retreat; teacher Nettie Boeglin to the Striving for Excellence I-Learn test workshop at the SIEC; technology director Karen Kippenbrock to the Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators conference in Indianapolis; teachers Blackgrove, Alyssa Heeke, Andrea Gehlhausen, Erica Eckert, Andi Longabaugh and Sarah Beck to the Indiana Conference for Kindergarten Teachers in Indianapolis; English teacher Nettie Boeglin to a Leading Socratic Seminars workshop; and corporation treasurer Tracy Troesch to the Indiana Association of School Business Officials human resources seminar in Indianapolis.

• Approved field trips for Ferdinand Elementary kindergartners and Pine Ridge second graders to Huber Orchard in Borden; Forest Park industrial technology students to Vincennes University Jasper Campus for Manufacturing Day; and Forest Park Future Farmers of America to the district soils competition in Warrick County.

• Approved the Tri-County YMCA to use the Ferdinand Elementary gym for Kinder Kickers on Oct. 27.

• Approved several club fundraisers throughout the corporation.

• Held the 2019 budget hearing. There were no public comments.

• Heard comments from Janelle Stetter, the parent of a 3-year-old special needs preschool student. Stetter had several concerns about her son’s long bus ride, the time of the preschool class, which is in the early afternoon, and that until a week before school started, parents thought there would be a preschool class at Pine Ridge, which is closer to Stetter’s home. School officials shared that they are working on the long bus ride with the Exceptional Children’s Co-Op, which serves special needs students in all the area preschools and runs the busing for the preschool. They also shared that they are working on bathroom improvements and staffing at Pine Ridge to get a special needs preschool there. They had planned to have one up and running this year, but had problems finding a teacher and had to replace an air conditioner at the school, which pushed back the bathroom project.

• Approved the resignations of Forest Park head basketball coach Jeff Litherland and corporation Destination Imagination coordinator Betsy Corley.

• Approved hiring head basketball coach David Welp, substitute agriculture teacher Andrew Russell, Spell Bowl Coach Molly Cummings, Renaissance Club sponsor Steve Sherohman, instructional assistant Becky Bates and English department head Nettie Boeglin at Forest Park; part-time instructional assistant Becky Buening at Cedar Crest Intermediate; instructional assistant Hannah Hayden; and temporary instructional assistant Kim Collignon and part-time janitor and cafe worker Tonya Ubelhor at Ferdinand Elementary.

• Approved several donations to the corporation.

• Approved the corporation expenditure goal for 2018-2019. The goal is to have 60 percent of every dollar go to the classroom.

• Approved the annual school improvement plans for Forest Park and Ferdinand Elementary.

• Approved book rentals and fees for Forest Park classes. Book rental varies depending on what classes students take. For example, rental for a robotics class is about $40, but fees for the piano class are $9.

• Approved participating in the wrap-around services agreement with Southern Hills Counseling Center in Jasper. The service helps at-risk students get the services they need, and works with schools, counseling centers, child protective services and law enforcement to aid students.

• Renewed the contract with Ron Goreschen for water testing at the Pine Ridge Wetland.

• Approved the purchase of a new tractor and mowing equipment for $38,000 for Cedar Crest.

• Heard that the board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 for budget adoption at the corporation office, 432 E. 15th St., Ferdinand.

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