Meeting: Southeast Schools

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Heard several concerns from parents about the Summit online learning platform new to Cedar Crest Intermediate School this year. Parents are concerned that some of the content is not age appropriate, that students are spending too much time in front of a screen, that the kids are not receiving the teaching attention they need and that parents are unable to help their kids with homework because they don’t understand the platform well enough.

• Heard from a concerned mother about no bus aide being available for her 3-year-old special needs, preschool student.

• Heard that the new career and technical education center at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School is complete, and construction crews are moving out. The school is still waiting for some locks for lockers in the building, and flooring will be installed at a later date due to too much moisture still in the concrete.

• Approved the following professional leaves: business teacher Jeff Durlauf to the area career and technical education teachers meeting; Superintendent Rick Allen to the Indiana Association of School Business Officials finance meeting; English teacher Molly Cummings to the Magnify Learning project-based learning workshop; and agriculture teacher Annette Applegate to the Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education training.

• Approved the following field trips: Forest Park Junior High School to movies/skate on Dec. 21; and Cedar Crest students to Jasper 8 Cinemas this month.

• Approved the treasurer to make the necessary payments and funds transfers to close out the calendar year.

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

• Approved the following resignations: special needs bus monitor Alfredo Oeding; business teacher Jeff Durlauf and Project Lead the Way engineering teacher Jacob Berg at Forest Park; and instructional assistant Maria Eckert at Ferdinand Elementary School.

• Hired instructional assistant Autumn Langen at Cedar Crest.

• Approved the pay schedules for non-certified corporation staff for 2019.

• Approved the following donations for the Forest Park weight room renovation equipment: $350 from Family Foot and Ankle; $300 from Kurt and Tara Uebelhor; $100 from Mehling Construction; $2,500 from the Forest Park Basketball Club; $500 from Brad and Brandi Rasche; and $5,000 from Webb Wheel OEM.

• Approved the following donations: $5,000 from Chris and Dawn Tretter for the Forest Park golf program; $150 from the Kiwanis Club of Ferdinand for the Forest Park Key Club; and $150 for each school library from the Herald Endowment at the Dubois County Community Foundation.

• Approved the following donations for the walking trail project at Pine Ridge Elementary School: $50 from Ernie’s Welding Shop; $200 from Veterans Pest Solutions; $100 from Hodgini Gymnastics and Dance; $200 Persohn Construction; $250 from Adam and Manda Combs; $100 from Rosetta Ag LLC; $50 from Dennis and Martha Niehaus; $250 from Tom’s Lawn and Garden; $500 from JW Masonry; and $21 from Ryan and Melissa Haas.

• Approved dispersing the Teacher Appreciation Grant from the Indiana Department of Education. The grant covers bonuses for teachers rated “effective” and “highly effective” on the annual teacher evaluations.

• Heard that the Department of Local Government Finance approved a property tax rate of $0.9767 per $100,000 of assessed value for the school corporation’s 2019 budget.

• Heard that the Little League is remodeling the bathrooms near the field at Pine Ridge.

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