Meeting: Southeast Dubois Schools

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

Held a moment of silence for Ethan Lubbers, a student who recently passed away. He was a seventh-grader at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School.

Held a public hearing on the proposed superintendent three-year employment contract. There were no public comments.

Approved the superintendent contract.

Heard an update on the e-learning program. The last day of instruction will be May 14. Superintendent Jamie Pund said that overall, it has gone well and thanked teachers, parents and students for their work to make it successful.

Heard that the week of May 18 will be the week for supply pickup and drop-off. During that week, parents will be able to pick up their child’s belongings from school and drop off any materials students brought home. Parents are asked to wear a mask when they come to the schools.

Heard that Forest Park’s graduation is tentatively set for Saturday, July 18 and will follow social distancing guidelines that are in place at that time. More information will be available as the date nears.

Heard that prom is tentatively scheduled for Friday, July 10.

Heard that the school building administrators are working on planning virtual award ceremonies to award end-of-year awards.

Heard that school buildings will remain closed through June 30, which includes any summer school offerings, sports and other activities traditionally held at the buildings.

Approved the personnel report for the 2020-21 school year.

Approved offering high school credit to incoming high school freshmen for the eighth grade physical education class they’re currently taking. This is to take the place of the summer physical education class the school typically offers but can’t due to COVID-19.

Approved changes to the teacher evaluation system for the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 closures.

Approved the retirement of Marian Kippenbrock.

Approved the following resignations: corporation music teacher Kristen Gayso; elementary choir director Devin Craig; special education teacher Alexa Rasche at Ferdinand Elementary; and junior high football coach and eighth grade boys basketball coach Jacob Berg at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School.

Approved the following appointments: music teacher Laren Blume; speech language pathologist Brandi Kordes; and summer tech intern Luke Brosmer. Approved the following donations: $20 from Demuth Trucking, $500 from Indiana FFA Foundation - Arby’s Grant and $880 from Mitchell Aaron Hass Endowment of the Dubois County Community Foundation to the Forest Park FFA; $8,000 from TC Energy Foundation to Forest Park for a safety grant; $100 from the Jacob Meyer Memorial Endowment to the Forest Park boys basketball, tennis and baseball programs; $100 from Michael and Carrie Sitzman for student lunch accounts; and $500 from Ferdinand Kiwanis Club, $50 from Gus and Deb Blume, $500 from Divine Mercy Christian Mothers, $50 from Randall and Marie Patton, $50 from Art and Rita Sonderm, $100 from James and Paula Peter, $100 from Roman and Karen Wendholt, $100 from Kevin and Kim Fleck, $100 from James and Judi Hagedorn, $1,000 from Knights of Columbus Ferdinand Council 1455, $250 from Lee and Ginny Begle, $1,000 from St. Ferdinand Vincent De Paul, $5,000 from TC Energy Foundation, $69.35 from Kelley Schipp, $50 from Dave and DeeAnn Wylam, $500 from Jim and Marguerite Hubers, an anonymous donation of $100, $34.85 from Luke and Stephanie Flowers and $500 from Steve and Lori Grundhoefer to the Southeast Dubois Food Service program that has provided meals to students in need during the closure.

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