Meeting: Southeast Schools

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Heard from concerned parent Nadina Paulin about increasing class sizes in the second grade at Ferdinand Elementary. Paulin said that the classes will be about 10 students larger this year since the grade level went from three sections to two.

• Approved the following professional leaves: Beth DeSchamp to a STEAM — Science, technology, engineering, art and math — workshop at Jasper Middle School; Mark Jahn, Lisa Schroeder, Autumn Langen, Olivia Schilling and Alicia Kunkler to Summit training in Louisville; several corporation staff to the Southwest Indiana Food Co-Op food service seminar in Huntingburg; Alyssa Merkley to dyslexia screener trainer at the Southern Indiana Education Center in Jasper; Janet Uebelhor and Beth DeSchamp to Crisis Prevention Institution training at Pine Ridge Elementary; Mark Jahn to the Indiana Professional Lawn and Landscape field day in Danville; and Andi Longabaugh and Glenda Begle to a meeting for the Upgrade Grant through the Welborn Baptist Foundation.

• Approved the Future Farmers of America to attend the state fair in Indianapolis this year and the leadership seminar at Heritage Hills High School in September.

• Approved released-time requests from local churches. The approval allows students to leave school for part of a school day during the week for religious instruction.

• Held a hearing on the proposed superintendent’s contract with Jamie Pund. There were no public comments.

• Approved the following resignations: instructional assistant Elise Hasenour at Pine Ridge Elementary; and teacher Kyle Greulich, girls tennis coach Amie Weyer, assistant girls tennis coach Jennifer Lusk and cook Sharon Hoppenjans at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School.

• Considered changes to Neola Inc. board policies. Neola Inc. is an independent organization that recommends policy and bylaw updates for member school boards.

• Approved the extracurricular activities financial report from the elementary schools.

• Approved the following donations: $150 from Pfaff Construction for the Forest Park cheerleaders car wash fundraiser; $3,500 to the Cedar Crest Intermediate School’s WeRfit program from the Dubois REC Round Up grant; $200 from Universal Design Associates, $100 from Ferdinand Farmers Mutual Insurance and $50 from Best Chairs Inc. for a Community Impact landscaping project; $600 from the Ferdinand Kiwanis Club for the reading program at Ferdinand Elementary; and $1,000 for the Forest Park golf program from Chris and Dawn Tretter.

• Approved the Title I budget of $61,366.66 for the 2019-20 school year. Title I, a provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed in 1965, is a program created by the U.S. Department of Education to distribute funding to schools and school districts with a high percentage of students from low-income families.

• Approved transfers among corporation funds to ensure each fund ends the year in the black. It is an annual action that does not change the amount of money the school has in its budget. Rather, it moves money among funds within the budget.

• Approved corporation administrators to fill remaining vacancies prior to the start of school on Aug. 7.

• Approved a committee to review textbook rental and fees for the 2019-20 school year. The committee will also review materials for the high school English classes and potentially purchase new books.

• Approved adding bus route rates for special education route drivers. The school corporation will take over transportation for special education students this school year. Previously, the Exceptional Children’s Co-Op, which helps area schools serve special education students, handled the transportation.

• Approved the joint services agreement with the Exceptional Children’s Co-Op.

• Approved student handbooks for the 2019-20 school year.

• Approved transferring funds from the rainy day fund to the preschool fund.

• Approved holding a board retreat at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. The board will discuss planning for the corporation’s future, including ways to increase teacher pay to keep current teachers and attract new ones.

• Approved Superintendent Jamie Pund to hire an outside consultant for up to $2,000 to help transition into the new school year. This will be Pund’s first year as superintendent. Board President Kent Uebelhor said the board passed a similar measure about nine years ago when former Superintendent Rick Allen took the position.

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