Meeting: Southeast Dubois School Board

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Approved professional leaves that included sending teachers and administrators to Five-Star Technology Solutions training at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School, an Indiana Association of School Business Officials workshop and meeting in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, a public finance summit in Indianapolis and a food show in Evansville.

• Approved field trips that included trips to the Dubois County Museum in Jasper, the Children’s Museum of Evansville and Trunnell’s Farm Market in Owensboro, Kentucky.

• Heard an update from Doug Brown and Thom Kinney from Petersburg-based Multi-Resource Management, Inc. about the timber management selling at Pine Ridge Elementary. Brown said that 140 trees are marked for sale in a roughly 47,000-foot area in the forest near Pine Ridge. “We want (the woods) appropriately managed so the trees thrive because we want to maintain the woods for a trail for our students,” said Superintendent Rick Allen. “In order to do that, you have to cut timber to prevent invasive species as well.” Allen further stressed that the corporation is not selling the trees primarily for money. “We want those younger trees to be able to live,” he said. Brown and Allen added that the trees were expertly selected to be cut, not just loosely marked, and said that the process should have started more than a decade ago. The trees will be sold to the highest bidder and be cut over the course of the next two summers.

• Approved the resignations of Forest Park head boys soccer coach Keith Schuler, assistant Forest Park boys soccer coach Mike Foerster, fifth-grade boys basketball coach Jared Howard, freshman volleyball coach Jessica White, and bus driver and assistant maintenance worker Tom Dixon.

• Approved the reassignment of Foerster to Forest Park head boys soccer coach. Also approved the hiring of Emily Opell as Forest Park assistant girls tennis coach.

• Approved donations that included a Spectrum Z510 3D printer from Kimball International to the Forest Park Project Lead the Way program, a $5,000 donation from Old National Bank for weight room equipment at Forest Park, a $50 donation from the Psi Iota Xi Sorority and Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce to the Forest Park Builders Club, and $7,500 worth of facility use at the Fair-Weather Indoor Golf facility for Forest Park golf teams.

• Approved the listing of equipment as no value or surplus. The equipment was mostly old TVs and projector carts.

• Approved the annual park board lease for the use of Fifth Street and 18th Street parks. The total cost for the year is $3,303.

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