Meeting: Southeast Dubois Schools

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Heard a presentation on the Dubois County Graduate Profile. The profile is a project of Hub 19, the collaborative organization that grew out of a Regional Opportunity Initiatives Ready Schools grant the county won in 2018 and includes benchmarks students across the county need to meet by the time they graduate from a county school. The benchmarks are geared toward teaching the career readiness and employability skills local companies want.

• Heard that Administrator Assistance, the consulting firm the corporation hired to conduct a feasibility study, will hold community meetings this month. The first will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Pine Ridge Elementary gym, and the second will be Monday, Feb. 24, in the Forest Park Junior-Senior High School cafeteria. Both will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be an opportunity for community members to offer input on the direction they want to see the schools go.

• Heard that preschool and kindergarten roundup will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Ferdinand Elementary and Thursday, March 5, at Pine Ridge. Parents should contact the schools for more information.

• Heard that Pine Ridge will host its Winter Carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

• Approved the following professional leaves: Tracy Troesch to the Indiana Association of School Business Officials budgeting fundamentals workshop; Lavina Schwarts to the College and Career Readiness Bridge Pilot grant workshop; Caitlynn Wessel to the LAMP: Moving Forward with LAMP — language acquisition through motor planning — workshop; Angie Hochgesang to the Business Professionals of America state leadership conference; Jesse Hagedorn and Ross Fuhs to the Indiana Coaches Association Clinic; and Ann Clark and Maria Sweat to a trauma informed school workshop.

• Approved the following field trips: the high school yearbook class to a media day; Forest Park students to attend Latino Day; Forest Park students to attend STEM Challenge; Forest Park robotics students to Jasper Engines and Transmissions; and Forest Park Academic Bowl teams to area competitions.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: Girl Scouts to use Ferdinand and Pine Ridge elementaries; Forest Park Post Prom to use Forest Park facilities; the Dubois County Purdue Extension to use Cedar Crest Intermediate School; and U10 Boys Soccer and U10 Boys Basketball to use Ferdinand Elementary.

• Approved the retirements of Forest Park teacher Greg Durcholz and Cedar Crest teacher Jamie Giesler.

• Approved the following resignations: corporation speech and language pathologist assistant Erin Brown; Forest Park instructional assistants Alex Howell and Joe Rapp’e; and Forest Park girls golf coach Pat Schuler.

• Hired instructional assistant Chad Hoppenjans for Forest Park.

• Approved the following donations: $215 from the Ferdinand American Legion Auxiliary and a $50 anonymous donation to cover student lunch debt; a $50 anonymous donation to the Forest Park wrestling team in the name of Anderson Peters, a student who passed away last year; $120 in lieu of fundraiser donations to Ferdinand Elementary; and $1,000 for the Linda Bettag-Berg Nursing Scholarship.

• Approved the monthly transfer of $40,000 from the operations fund to the education fund.

• Set Tuesday, April 7 as the day the board will visit the corporation’s schools.

• Approved We-R-Fit program staff for March to May at Cedar Crest. They are Steven DeKemper, Lisa Schroeder and Terri Bell.

• Held the first reading of board policy updates from Neola Inc., which is an independent organization that recommends policy and bylaw updates for member school boards.

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