Meeting: Southeast Dubois Schools

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Congratulated Ferdinand Elementary fourth-grader Miranda Rickelman on winning the local, district and state American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars flag essay contests.

• Approved the Forest Park basketball club to use the corporation’s gyms for events Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3.

• Approved the following professional leaves: Chad Gayso to the Kentucky Music Education Association conference in Louisville; Katelynn Schnell and Allison Schnieders to the Math Extravaganza in Evansville; Shalynne Smith to mental health first aid training at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center; Tyler Lemen and Caitlynn Wessel to the I AM test administration training in Jasper; Karen Kippenbrock to present at the BrainStorm conference in Wisconsin Dells and to the Harmony conference in French Lick; Ross Fuhs to the Indiana Football Coaches Association clinic in Indianapolis; Natalie Howard to the high school media day at the University of Southern Indiana; Jennifer Blackgrove, Erica Eckert, Ross Fuhs, Emily Hauser, Karl Hinson, Melissa Haas, Nettie Boeglin and Kellie Schroering to chaperone the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C.

• Approved the following field trips: chorus students to the state solo and ensemble contest in Indianapolis; kindergarten students to the Ferdinand Branch Library; Forest Park Junior-Senior High School academic teams to an event in Lincoln City and a competition at North Knox; newspaper club and yearbook staff to the University of Southern Indiana; the high school band to the Indiana State School Music Association organizational contest and to tour the corporation schools for performances; the Ferdinand Elementary second grade to Squire Boone Caverns; the Future Farmers of America and agriculture students to the dairy contest in Pike County; Ferdinand Elementary fourth-graders to the Food and Ag Day at the Dubois County fairgrounds; Ferdinand Elementary third-graders to Wilstem Ranch in French Lick; and Cedar Crest Intermediate students to a speaker at Dubois Middle School.

• Approved the retirements of Ferdinand Elementary teachers Martina Goffinet, Denise Heilers and Karen Wendholt; and Pine Ridge Elementary teacher Patty Mercker.

• Approved the resignations of instructional assistant Becky Bates and girls track coach Emily Hauser at Forest Park; and academic math team coach Kelly Schroering at Cedar Crest.

• Approved hiring girls track coach Kacie Klem, robotics coach Gary Hanan and janitor Chris Hoeferlin at Forest Park; academic math team coach Billy Harris at Cedar Crest; and instructional assistant Kristie Birchler at Ferdinand Elementary.

• Approved Tuesday, April 16, as the day the board visits corporation schools.

• Approved the following donations: $5,000 unrestricted to Forest Park; $25 to Ferdinand Elementary; and $100 from Seufert Construction, $200 from Stens Specialty Brands, $450 from The Hearing Doctor, and $36 from Woods Printing for the Pine Ridge Trail project.

• Approved CalCar Paving of Jasper to perform site work and paving for the Pine Ridge Trail project for $50,050. The cost will be covered by donations.

• Approved the use of planned e-learning days to make up snow days after the built in snow days in the calendar have been used. The corporation piloted a planned e-learning day in March 2018, and the staff was happy with the result.

• Approved a lease agreement with the Ferdinand Park Board for use of park facilities by school programs, such as soccer and football.

• Approved a monthly transfer of $40,000 from the education fund to the operations fund. The transfer is to cover expenses that were covered by state funding under the old general fund. As of Jan. 1, state law regarding school funding changed, eliminating the state-funded general and replacing it with the education fund and eliminating the property tax-funded capital projects, bus replacement and transportation funds and replacing them with the operations fund. Some general fund expenses were placed under the new operations fund, so the state allows schools to transfer money into the operations fund to cover those expenses.

• Heard the dates for preschool and kindergarten roundup. Pine Ridge will hold roundups on Tuesday, Feb. 12, with preschool roundup at 5:30 p.m. and kindergarten roundup at 6:30 p.m. Ferdinand Elementary will hold its roundups on Tuesday, Feb. 19, with preschool roundup at 5 p.m. and kindergarten roundup at 6 p.m.

• Approved the We R Fit program to run at Cedar Crest from March to May with teachers Billy Harris, Steven DeKemper and Cheryl Verkamp leading the after-school program.

• Declared cafe trays from Cedar Crest and old metal working tools at Forest Park surplus and of no value for disposal.

• Approved the sale of old weight room equipment and classroom printers. Those interested can contact Superintendent Rick Allen at 812-817-0900.

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