Meeting: Southeast Schools


The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Approved professional leaves for Pine Ridge Elementary Title I Coordinator Lisa Knust to attend English language learners training at Pine Ridge Elementary; Pine Ridge teacher Alyssa Merkley to attend Project Success Training at Jasper High School; Teachers Molly Cummings, Steve Sherohman and Tammy Taylor and Instructional Assistant Olivia Schilling to attend Unconventional Classroom training in Evansville; Forest Park Junior-Senior High School teachers Emily Hauser and Nicole Hopf to attend the State Beta Convention in French Lick; corporation nurse Kellie Schroering to attend the Indiana School Nurse Conference in Indianapolis; Technology Integration Specialist Kyle Greulich, computer technology teacher Tami Hochgesang and teachers Karl Hinson, Kerri Winkler, Cheryl Verkamp and Ginger Rasche to attend the Hoosier Education Computer Coordinators conference in Indianapolis; librarian Natalie Howard to attend the Indiana Library Federation conference in Indianapolis and the media networking session at the Southern Indiana Education Center in Jasper; computer technology teacher Tami Hochgesang to attend the Vincennes University professional development day for dual credit in Indianapolis; Superintendent Rick Allen to attend the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents conference in Indianapolis; Pine Ridge staff members Lisa Knust and Alyssa Merkley to attend the Promoting Achievement Through Technology and Instruction for all Students Project’s Access to Education 2018 event in Indianapolis; corporation music teacher Kristin Gayso to attend the Kentucky Music Educators Association conference; and maintenance staff member Kevin Bolte to attend the Indiana Professional Lawn and Landscape Association workshop in Nashville, Indiana.

• Approved the following field trips: the BETA Club to attend a convention in French Lick; agriculture students to attend the Future Farmers of America SOAR Leadership Camp in Trafalgar, the state soils competition in Plainfield, the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, the FIRE Camp in Trafalgar and the area crops and forestry competition in Otwell; and second- through fourth-grade classes to attend the “Look Out! Science Is Coming!” show at the Jasper Community Arts Center. 

• Approved Cub Scout Pack 186 to use Forest Park for meetings in October and the band boosters to host Night with the Color Guard at Cedar Crest Intermediate School on Friday, Nov. 9.

• Heard that fundraising for the weight room/locker room renovation at Forest Park is almost complete and saw an alternate plan for the outside space between the locker rooms and Buechler Arena.

• Approved conflict of interest statements for the 2018-19 school year.

• Approved the following appointments and reassignments: fifth grade boys basketball coaches John Rea and Nick Grothouse and sixth grade boys basketball coach Philip Wolf at Cedar Crest; boys varsity basketball assistant Jesse Begle, girls junior varsity basketball coach Lavina Schwartz, girls freshman basketball coach Allie Pund and co-BETA Club sponsor Nicole Hopf at Forest Park; and corporation Destination Imagination coordinator Chris Welp.

• Approved the following donations: $250 from The Printing Company; $2,500 from the Girls Basketball Club; $2,500 from Allen and Lisa Voges; $2,500 from Lisa Voges and Scott and Kevin Kluemper; $500 anonymous donation for weight room equipment; $1,000 from Dubois REC for the Forest Park special education department; $50 from the Ferdinand High School Class of 1958; $400 from Jim Mehling to the eighth grade Washington, D.C., trip; $125 from Rob and Tracy Troesch to the Forest Park cheerleading program; $60 from Superior Ag Resources to the FFA program; $250 to the Ferdinand Elementary music program from the Iota Lambda chapter of Psi Iota Xi sorority; $5,000 to the Cedar Crest We-R-Fit program from Andrew Klem; and $500 to the Pine Ridge trail project from German American Bank.

• Discussed the corporation’s teacher evaluation system as required by state law. No changes were made.

• Approved a bid from Kent Schaefer to purchase a milling machine from the corporation’s old metals shop for $1,585.

• Approved the Pine Ridge ECA transaction of $19,497 to Paragon Promotions to purchase the items sold in the school’s annual fundraiser. The school makes about $10,000 from the fundraiser.

• Approved the $350 registration fee for a robotics competition for the Ferdinand Elementary Robotics Club to be paid using grant funds.

• Rescheduled the November meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the corporation office, 432 E. 15th St., Ferdinand.




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