Meeting: Southeast Schools

The Southeast Dubois County School Board met Wednesday and:

• Held the annual finance committee meeting where they approved banks for investment of school funds. All banks eligible to take public funds in the State of Indiana were approved.

• Reorganized for 2019. The officers are: Kent Uebelhor, president; Matt Eckert, vice-president; Elaine Miller, secretary; Cecilia Hamilton, assistant secretary; and Matt Eckert, Indiana School Board Association legislative liaison.

• Approved the following professional leaves: Mark Jahn to attend the Indiana STEM (science, technology, engineer and math) conference at Purdue University; Caitlynn Wessel, Erin Brown and Kim Collignon to the Crisis Prevention Institute training in Rockport; Susan Brier to ILEARN Math at the Southern Indiana Educational Center in Jasper; Rick Allen to the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents winter seminar in Indianapolis; Kerri Winkler and Nettie Boeglin to the Magnify Learning project-based learning training in Jasper; Caitlynn Wessel to Improv for Inclusion training at the Exceptional Children’s Co-Op office in Jasper; Annette Applegate to the Dubois County Ag Advisory Board meeting at Northeast Dubois High School; Andi Longabaugh and Glenda Begle to the Upgrade workshop in Evansville; Alexa Rasche to the I AM Test Administrator Training in Jasper in conjunction with the state’s introduction of the ILEARN standardized test; Ryan Haas to the I AM Test Administrator meeting in Evansville in conjunction with the state’s introduction of ILEARN; and Caitlynn Wessel and Erin Brown to the Tobii Dynavox training at Jasper High School.

• Approved the following field trips: the Forest Park Junior-Senior High School agriculture students to the national farm machinery show in Louisville; the Future Farmers of America students to the FFA dodgeball tournament at Heritage Hills High School, the District FFA barn dance in Boonville and the District FFA leadership contests at Heritage Hills; and the agriculture and FFA students to the Envirothon contest in Boonville.

• Approved the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana to use Cedar Crest Intermediate School on Feb. 10 for a superhero dance.

• Approved the Forest Park choir to sell pizzas for a fundraiser.

• Heard an update on the Regional Opportunities Initiative grant that the county received. The grant is used to connect local education with local industry to teach students about local careers and to make sure they are prepared for those careers.

• Approved holding board meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the corporation office, 432 E. 15th St., Ferdinand.

• Approved board compensation at $2,000 for the year, plus $50 per meeting.

• Approved retaining attorney Art Nordhoff to advise and represent the board for $9,000 for the year.

• Appointed corporation treasurers. Tracy Troesch continues as corporation treasurer, Sharon Welp as deputy treasurer, Susan Blume as Forest Park’s treasurer, Pam Kippenbrock as Ferdinand Elementary’s treasurer, Janet Uebelhor as Pine Ridge Elementary’s treasurer and Stephanie Bolling as Cedar Crest Intermediate School’s treasurer.

• Approved the corporation to remain a member in the following education organizations: the Southern Indiana Educational Center; the Dubois-Spencer-Perry-Pike Exceptional Children’s Cooperative; the Patoka Valley Career and Technical Cooperative; the Indiana School Board Association; the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents; the Indiana Association of School Principals; the Indiana Association of School Business Officials; the Southern Indiana School Trust; the Indiana Small Rural School Association; and the Indiana School Public Relations Association. The organizations provide various resources, including professional development and student resources.

• Approved Pine Ridge Principal Ryan Haas to serve as director of federal programs for the corporation and Superintendent Rick Allen to serve as the representative for organizations the corporation takes the lead on, such as the Southern Indiana School Trust.

• Approved the resignation of Forest Park janitor Karena Vonderheide.

• Approved hiring Shalyn Smith as a certified nursing assistant for the corporation; Gary Hanan to teach Project Lead the Way engineering courses and janitor Martha Kitterman at Forest Park; and instructional assistant Tamber Galloup at Pine Ridge.

• Approved the corporation treasurer to make end-of-the-year encumbrances for 2018 and to transfer funds into the newly-formed education and operations funds as mandated by state law.

• Approved the following donations: 101 computer monitors from Old National Bank for the corporation; and an anonymous $75 donation to the Ferdinand Elementary library.

• Approved the following donations for the walking trail project at Pine Ridge: $11,000 from the St. Anthony Community Endowment at the Dubois County Community Foundation; $16,389.41 from the Pine Ridge Parent Teacher Organization; an anonymous $2,000 donation; $50 from Zehr Automotive; $200 from the St. Anthony Community Center; $100 from Neil and Janet Dauby; $250 from Ryan and Melissa Haas; $30 from Brandon and Lisa Niehaus; $100 from B&A Construction; $450 from Sander Processing; $500 from Hoosier Laser Inc.; $50 from Dave Smith Construction; $100 from Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home Inc.; $150 from UB Klem; $250 from the St. Anthony Mill; $500 from Astro Security; $100 from the Old National Bank Foundation; $100 from Mark and Margaret Potter; $200 from Tony and Denise Durcholz; $40 from Boehm Powersports; $40 from Tom and Donna Boehm; $500 from Fischer Electric; and $150 from Verkamp Construction.

• Heard that construction of the Pine Ridge walking trail is scheduled to begin in March.

• Approved increasing the corporation’s preschool fees to $40 to register and $25 per day. Families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, according to federal programs, will pay less.

• Approved transferring $16,951.56 from the rainy day fund to the regular education preschool fund to cover a deficit in 2018. The deficit prompted the raise in fees. The regular education preschool program is funded through parent fees. It does not receive state funding.

• Heard that the deadline to submit applications for the superintendent position is Jan. 15. Superintendent Rick Allen will retire at the end of the school year.

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