Meeting: Southeast Dubois Schools

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Accepted Cassidy Nailey’s resignation as Forest Park Junior-Senior High School’s assistant principal and hired Tracy Gutgsell as the new assistant principal.

• Accepted resignations from Mackenzie Gehlhausen as a Forest Park’s English teacher, Brooke Daunhauer as freshman class sponsor, Melissa Haas as junior high student council advisor, Jen Lusk as assistant tennis coach, Mike Cronin as the junior varsity baseball coach, Alicia Kunkler as Cedar Crest Intermediate School’s special education teacher, Noah Hawkins as seventh-grade boys basketball coach and Tamber Galloup, Audrey Mehling and Taylin Friedman as instructional assistants at Pine Ridge Elementary School.

• Hired Mallory Thimling as guidance counselor, Maranda Helsley as administrative assistant, Theresa Merkley as a cook and Camille Woolston as English teacher and freshman class sponsor at Forest Park, Brooke Daunhauer as sophomore class sponsor, Chastity Schipp and Hannah Fleetwood as instructional assistants Ferdinand Elementary School, Michelle Grunden as the Pine Ridge preschool leader and Leann Fromme, Jennifer Knight, Kimberly Mundy and Karissa Rohleder as instructional assistants at Pine Ridge.

• Promoted Chris Sick from cook to assistant cafe manager at Forest Park.

• Accepted the 2021 substitute teachers list. Others can be added as the year goes on, Board President Kent Uebelhor noted.

• Approved bus driver employment contracts.

• Accepted annual milk, bread and commodity bids.

• Approved student handbooks, which are pretty much the same as last school year.

• Established textbook rental fees. Those are $149.41 for kindergarten, $150.48 for first grade, $151.41 for second, $137.46 for third and fourth, $129.19 for fifth and $127.36 for sixth. Costs for those in junior and senior high school vary for each student. The board also decided to waive the $5 credit card fee for textbook rentals as support for opting to using the contact-less method for payment.

• Approved setting preschool fees, which are $40 for registration and $25 per day; there are reduced prices of $17 per day and $12 per day, for those who qualify.

• Accepted transfer tuition fees, which are $5,965.61 or $33.14 per day for elementary school, and $6,093.45 or $33.85 per day for junior and senior high school.

• Purchased a 2021 Thomas school bus from CIESC Cooperative for $93,500. The board was also told that the district didn’t any bids for the bus it is trying to sell.

• Heard from the district principals that the school buildings and staff will be ready when school starts on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

• Thanked a list of people and organizations for donating time, items and money to the district schools.

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