Meeting: Southeast School Board

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Heard from George Link of VPS architecture that the Career and Technical Education center construction is on schedule and the facility will be ready for use when students return from summer vacation next school year. The project is a little more than halfway completed.

• Approved the professional leaves of teachers and administrators to places like Indiana Ag workshops, leadership series and other educational opportunities.

• Approved Forest Park Jr.-Sr. High School family and consumer science child development students to Memorial Hospital, Pine Ridge Elementary kindergartners and first- and second-graders to Jasper 8 Cinema, Forest Park High School students to the all-state choir in Fort Wayne.

• Approved Girl Scouts to use Cedar Crest Intermediate for their meetings; the Kiwanis to use the Forest Park cafeteria for Fish Fry on Friday, Feb 16; post-prom to use Forest Park Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22; the Ferdinand Cardinals baseball team to use Forest Park from May 26 to July 31.

• Approved the overnight stays of the girls basketball team for a tournament later this month and the boys basketball team in Knightstown next month.

• Approved a January Forest Park Drama Club pizza kit fundraiser.

• Approved the transferring of funds to balance and close out the 2017 budget.

• Approved the resignations of Forest Park assistant softball coach Alois Fest and dual-credit teacher Nicole Hopf. Also approved the retirement of longtime Forest Park janitor Martha Kitterman.

• Approved the following hirings and reassignments: Nadina Paulin as an instructional assistant at Ferdinand Elementary; Devin Craig as the Pine Ridge and Cedar Crest choir director; Angie Evitts as the Ferdinand Elementary high ability coordinator; Jessica Reinbold as a dual-credit teacher at Forest Park High School; Jesse Hagedorn as a dual-credit teacher and assistant baseball coach at Forest Park High School; Brehan Leinenbach as a dual-credit teacher at the high school; DeeAnn Wylam as the dual-credit program coordinator at Forest Park; Greg Fraze as the assistant boys track coach at Forest Park; and Jacob Berg as the robotics coach for the junior and senior high school teams.

• Approved donations from Old National Bank, Ackerman Oil, Weyer Electric and the Dubois County Community Foundation.

• Approved the 2018-19 school calendar. The 2018 start day will be the same as it was this year — Aug. 9. For the second year in a row, all four Dubois County school corporations have worked to create a countywide calendar that is slated to be adopted by all four districts.

• Approved the distribution of Teacher Appreciation Grants from the state. The district received about $38,000 and the money will be dispersed to eligible teachers in a one-time stipend. Highly effective teachers will be receive 25 percent more than effective teachers, per state law. Effective and highly effective principals will receive stipends from the general fund identical to those given to effective and highly effective teachers based on their performance.

• Approved a contract with German American Bank to offer a corporation debit card. With each purchase made on the card, 2 cents is donated to a dedicated corporation fund.

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