Meeting: Southeast Schools

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Recognized attorney Art Nordhoff for 50 years of service to the school district.

• Recognized Superintendent Rick Allen for his 36 years at the school district. It was his final board meeting before retirement.

• Recognized the top Accelerated Readers from Ferdinand and Pine Ridge elementary schools. Clayton Roesner won at Pine Ridge and Mollie Combs won at Ferdinand.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: Dubois County 4-H Council and queen committee to use Cedar Crest Intermediate School for the junior and pre-teen fair queen pageants; Heimatfest 5K to use Forest Park Junior-Senior High School for the race; the Indiana State Police to use Cedar Crest for a bike-a-thon for fallen heroes; and the Forest Park Band Boosters to use the Forest Park cafe for a mattress sale.

• Approved the following professional leaves: Hannah Sitzman to a literacy retreat teacher workshop; Erica Eckert, Andrea Gehlhausen, Andrea Longabaugh, Paula Kluesner, Brooke Wehr, Natalie Wells, Lisa Knust, Susan Brier and Alyssa Merkley to the Houghton Mifflin Reading Workshop; Lavina Schwartz to the CCR Bridge: Math Ready Course Training; and Karen Kippenbrock to present at the Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators conference.

• Approved meal prices for the 2019-20 school year. Elementary lunch will be $2.15, a 10 cent increase from last year; high school and junior high school lunch will be $2.30, a 10 cent increase from last year; elementary breakfast will be $1.40, a 5 cent increase from last year; adult lunch will be $3.50, the same price as last year; and adult breakfast will be $3, the same price as last year.

• Approved the milk bid for the 2019-20 school year. The corporation works with the Southern Indiana Education Center Food Co-Op. Under the bid, 8 ounces of milk a la carte will be 55 cents.

• Heard that the company that bid for bread through the food co-op excluded six school corporations, including Southeast Dubois. Those corporations will now pursue other bread bids.

• Approved conflict of interest statements for school personnel for the 2019-20 school year.

• Approved the following resignations: girls track coach and assistant cross country coach Kacie Klem, girls assistant soccer coach Kyla Eckert, high ability coordinator Molly Cummings, freshman boys basketball coach Abe Schwartz and instructional assistant Judy Mehling at Forest Park; teacher Cheryl Verkamp and student council adviser and academic coach Lee Bilderback at Cedar Crest; and teacher Ginger Rasche at Ferdinand Elementary.

• Approved the following hires: Cassidy Nalley as assistant principal, day shift janitor Penny Kemper, English teacher Sylvia McFadden, special education teacher Krista Thomas, girls assistant soccer coach Carmen VanWinkle and athletic secretary Denise Heilers at Forest Park; high ability coordinator Abby Rogier and teachers Autumn Langen and Lisa Schroeder at Cedar Crest; Maria Sweat as principal and teacher Lori Persohn at Ferdinand Elementary; Title I teacher Alexi Nelson at Pine Ridge; and special education teacher Olivia Schilling at Pine Ridge and Cedar Crest.

• Approved bonds for corporation treasurers. The bonds cover corporation, school and extracurricular treasurers to protect the school in case of financial crime.

• Approved the following donations: $100 from Schatz Insurance Agency and RG Mechanical, $75 from Bill and Sharon Mehling, two anonymous donations and $100 from Jasper Engine and Transmission for a landscaping project at Forest Park; $2,000 from the Hilgeman Group for Forest Park football; $209.73 from Wayne and Linda Bueltel for food for the Forest Park Fest to celebrate the end of the school year; $200 from the Ferdinand Kiwanis Club, $500 from Psi Iota Xi and $200 from the Poetry Foundation for the Forest Park English department; $674 from PSC for the Pine Ridge Phone Book Recycling program; and $1,000 from the St. Anthony Community Center for a scholarship at Forest Park.

• Approved the corporation treasurer to transfer funds and balance appropriations to close the 2018-19 school year and to balance the career and technical education and high ability grant accounts.

• Approved the budget calendar for the 2020 budget. The board will hold a work session on the budget at the Aug. 7 board meeting, will hold a public hearing on the budget at the Sept. 4 board meeting and will adopt the budget at a special meeting on Sept. 18. All meetings are on a Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the corporation office, 432 E. 15th St., Ferdinand.

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

• Approved a quote for a drinking fountain at the Pine Ridge walking path for $5,756.03.

• Approved $102,730 to replace Chromebooks for incoming first-, fifth- and ninth-graders. It’s an annual action as part of the technology replacement plan.

• Approved $24,205.67 to replace a lawn mower at Forest Park.

• Approved the transfer of ownership for Bus Route 5. The school contracts bus drivers for several routes, and according to the contracts, the school board must approve any transfers of the bus routes during a contract period.

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