Meeting: Southwest Dubois Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Thursday and:

• Expressed their sympathy to the family of Gary Lange, who taught math at Southridge High School. Lange died recently.

• Congratulated Holland Elementary on being nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition.

• Congratulated girls basketball team member Ella Mattingly on receiving the Indiana High School Athletic Association Face of Sportsmanship pin, girls swim team member Adi Luker on winning the Pocket Athletic Conference Fellowship of Christian Athletes Character Counts Award, the high school wrestling team on its sectional victory and several Jobs for America’s Graduates students for their success at the Region 11 Career Development Conference competition.

• Thanked the Brenda Kilian Endowment for $500 to each school’s library for the purchase of new books and other reading materials.

• Heard that the corporation has had seven school bus stop arm violations so far this year. In response, the corporation decided to outfit its new school bus, which will arrive in a couple weeks, with a stop-arm camera. The school will use the new bus to pilot stop-arm camera use and consider installing them on all corporation buses.

• Heard that the school corporation will be taking over transportation for its special needs students from the Exceptional Children’s Co-Op, which serves several area schools and provide services for special needs students. The co-op’s transportation director is retiring, so local schools will take over the transportation of their students. Each corporation will receive buses equipped for special needs students from the co-op with Southwest Schools getting three buses.

• Heard that spring bus inspections will take place on March 20 and March 21.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: the Huntingburg Police Department to use the high school wrestling room for defensive tactics training on Feb. 13; the Forest Park Dance team to use Memorial Gym for practice as available during the week of March 4; Young Life to use Memorial Gym for March Madness activities on March 18; the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club to use Memorial Gym parking and restrooms for the annual car show on April 27; the Indiana Southwest Futbol Club to use Raider Field on Sundays through June 2 for practices; DistinXion basketball camp to use Memorial Gym June 18-19; KDC Transportation LLC and Holiday World to use Memorial Gym’s parking lot for employee pickup and drop-off from May through October; and the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation to use Memorial Gym and adjoining facilities to host the 2018-19 Indiana High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball Class 2A Forest Park Sectional Feb. 26-27 and March 1-2.

• Approved the following field trips: the high school Business Professionals of America to the state leadership conference in Indianapolis in March; Huntingburg Elementary’s third grade to RiverPark Center in Owensboro, Kentucky, for a production of “The One and Only Ivan” in March; and the Jobs for America’s Graduates students to the state career development conference in Indianapolis in March.

• Approved the following resignations: preschool instructional assistant Rubie Fromme and MATH Bowl Coach Lindsey Sickbert at Holland Elementary; and band guard instructor Brandon Drew, fine arts academic team coach Abby Lutgring, science academic team coach Ryan Wallace and head wrestling coach Dave Schank at the high school.

• Approved the following appointments: robotics sponsor Sheila Hurst at Huntingburg Elementary; instructional assistant Nicole Merkel, robotics co-sponsors Lindsey Sickbert and Jeremy Marshall and MATH Bowl coach Andrea Wilson at Holland Elementary; student council and robotics sponsor Kyle Baseden at Southridge Middle School; and temporary math teachers Jim Mehling and Sharon Gramelspacher, instructional assistant Rosa Ornelas, custodian Robbie Bradley, fine arts academic team coach Ryan Wallace, science academic team coach Alex Pund and track volunteers Justin King, Ron LaGrange and Roger Hunter at the high school.

• Approved Indiana State University student Megan Grundhoefer to complete student teaching at Huntingburg Elementary in Yvonne Hochgesang’s class.

• Approved staff pay increases for non-certified staff.

• Approved The Herald as the corporation’s official newspaper for publication of legal notices.

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

• Appointed Chris Neu to the Huntingburg Public Library Board. Neu served on the library board several years ago and on the school board until his four-year term ended at the end of 2018.

• Approved Superintendent Tim LaGrange to solicit a quote from Jack R. Kinkel & Son Architects of Evansville to help the corporation put together a strategic plan for facilities maintenance and planning. Currently, the corporation does not have a facilities strategic plan. LaGrange said the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation uses Kinkel and Son and that EVSC has been happy with the service.

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