Meeting: Southeast Dubois Schools

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Recognized welding students Nick Werner and Swayde Morgan for their success at the Skills USA national competition.

• Heard an update from Kellie Schroering, the corporation nurse. This year, she ran several programs on vaping for sixth through 12th grades, including the Catch My Breath program for seventh-graders, helped with an immunization clinic at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School and ran the clinics in all four school buildings with the help of nurse assistant Shalynne Smith. Schroering also recommended a full-time nurse for Forest Park who is dedicated to that building. This school year, there were more than 1,500 visits to the nurse’s office at Forest Park.

• Heard an update on the Summit Learning program at Cedar Crest Intermediate. The school piloted the online learning platform this year to mixed reviews from parents. During the update, teachers and parents expressed support for the program. Principal Mark Jahn also acknowledged the concerns other parents have expressed. Before next year, the school will make several changes to its use of the platform, including adding extra layers of privacy to student email accounts that the platform uses and only using curriculum created by the school’s teachers rather than using and modifying the base curriculum that comes with the platform.

• Approved the following professional leaves: Principal Tyler Lemen to the school safety academy in Indianapolis; art teacher Beth DeSchamp to a science, technology, engineering, art and math workshop at Jasper Middle School; and agriculture teacher Annette Applegate to a wild animal workshop in Indianapolis.

• Approved the following field trips: the child development class to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center; the culinary arts class to Cafe Sinclairs in West Baden; Pine Ridge Elementary fourth-graders to Best Home Furnishings and the 4-H fairgrounds; Cedar Crest sixth-graders to the Indiana Statehouse, Lucas Oil Stadium and IMAX theater in Indianapolis; Cedar Crest fifth-graders to Toyota Motor Manufacturing and Lyles Station in Gibson County.

• Approved the Forest Park cheerleaders to host a car wash and the cross country team to sell American Legion pizzas for fundraisers.

• Approved summer school classes and activities and staff for both.

• Approved the 2019-20 school personnel report. The action gives school staff reasonable assurance that they will be employed when school resumes after summer vacation. The action is necessary due to the length of summer vacation.

• Approved the following resignations: assistant basketball coaches Jesse Begle and Jen Lusk, freshman girls basketball coach Allison Pund, janitor Chris Hoeferlin and teacher Steve Sherohman at Forest Park; teacher Billy Harris and part-time teacher Jordan Beach at Cedar Crest; and instructional assistant Alicia Gogel at Pine Ridge.

• Approved the following reassignments: Forest Park Assistant Principal David Welp to Forest Park as a teacher; Ferdinand Elementary Principal Tyler Lemen to Forest Park as principal; and Cedar Crest teacher Lee Bilderback to Ferdinand Elementary as a teacher.

• Approved the following hires: band director and music teacher Eric Obermeyer, freshman girls basketball coach Jesse Begle, girls basketball varsity assistant Allison Pund and boys basketball varsity assistant Aaron Berg at Forest Park; and teachers Angela Evitts and Amie Weyer and preschool leader Kayla Kippenbrock at Ferdinand Elementary.

• Approved the following donations: $2,500 from the Bayer Fund and $5,500 from the International Paper Foundation for the Pine Ridge walking trail; an anonymous $499 donation for the Ferdinand Elementary remediation program; a new soccer scoreboard at Cedar Crest from Pund Plumbing and Heating; $500 from Hoosier Hills Credit Union for scholarships at Forest Park; and $1,980 from the Mitch Haas Endowment at the Dubois County Community Foundation for Forest Park’s Future Farmers of America program.

• Approved the treasurer to pay out the non-English speaking and Title One grants from the state prior to the end of May.

• Heard that the Pine Ridge walking trail opened this week and has already been used.

• Heard that the ILEARN testing is going well. ILEARN is Indiana’s new standardized test for third through eighth and 10th grades. It replaces the ISTEP test.

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