Meeting: Southeast Dubois Schools

The Southeast Dubois School board met Wednesday and:

• Approved the professional leaves of Dee Ann Wylam to Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, Stacy Kitchin to a regional safety meeting at Jasper High School and Annette Applegate to Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education at Marriott East in Indianapolis.

Approved the Town of Ferdinand to use the Forest Park Junior-Senior High School auditorium for the Ferdinand Folk Festival’s singer-songwriter contest on Aug. 19.

Approved the resignations of Jenny Fleck as an instructional assistant at Forest Park; Hayley Ritz as an instructional assistant at Pine Ridge Elementary and Tara Uebelhor as girls tennis coach at Forest Park.

Approved the hiring and reassignments of Nettie Boeglin as a junior high student council advisor at Forest Park, Madison Rasche as a freshman class sponsor at Forest Park, Alexa Rasche as a sophomore class sponsor at Forest Park, Kurt Traylor as an assistant cross country coach at Forest Park, Jesse Hagedorn as an assistant football coach at Forest Park, Sara Powell as a temporary special education teacher covering maternity leave at Ferdinand Elementary and Michelle Sermersheim as an instructional assistant at Cedar Crest Intermediate.

Approved donations of $187.75 from WIX Filters to the Forest Park FFA, $360 from Mitchell A. Haas Endowment of Dubois County Community Foundation, $140 from Brad and Karen Haas for FFA scholarship, $11.33 from the Kula Foundation to Pine Ridge and two couches and a matching table from The Jasper Group for Cedar Crest.

Approved the advertising of the 2017 budget in the Ferdinand News. A preliminary estimate shows the budget to be $14,457,431, but Superintendent Rick Allen said that is a high estimate.

Approved the NEOLA policy updates that were first read at the board’s July meeting. Falling in line with new state law, the board voted that highly effective teachers will receive 25 percent more grant money than effective teachers when the teacher performance grants are distributed this winter.

Approved board members to attend the Indiana School Boards Association’s fall conference on Oct. 2 and 3 in Indianapolis.

Approved transfer tuition rates for the 2016-17 school year. The per-day cost for students who were not enrolled during the student count day on Sept. 15, 2016, is $30.86 for elementary students and $28.81 for middle and high schoolers. Allen explained the costs are established after the school year ends, and noted he doesn’t think any students will be charged the fees.

Approved textbook rental fees for kindergarten through fourth grade for the 2017-18 school year. Kindergarten fees total $75.39 and first-grade fees are $91.34. The cost of second-grade book rental is $79.77, third grade is $76.88 and fourth grade is $71.12.

Approved Ferdinand Elementary to spend $10,000 from extracurricular and Parent Teacher Organization funds for an ongoing preschool playground renovation.

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