Meeting: Southwest Dubois Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Thursday and:

• Congratulated Southridge Middle School student Braxton Cooper who was a semi-finalist in the Letters About Literature state writing contest.

• Received a facility report on the Maple Park complex from Kinkel & Son Architecture of Evansville. The report found several issues with the building’s structure and systems and estimated at least $1 million in repairs and upgrades. The board will now discuss what to do with the building in the future.

• Approved the following field trips: Southridge High School Future Farmers of America students to the District X Day in Trafalgar; Holland Elementary second-graders to the Kentucky Derby Museum; and Huntingburg Elementary fifth-graders to the Louisville Zoo.

• Approved the retirements of Huntingburg Elementary teacher Karen Snyder and Southridge Middle School teacher Melissa Schaber.

• Approved the resignations of sixth-grade girls basketball coach T.J. Montgomery at the middle school and instructional assistant Susan Partenheimer at Huntingburg Elementary.

• Hired basketball volunteers Andy McKeough, Blake Broeker, Jason Barnett, Joe Keusch and Travis LaMar at the high school, track coach Andrea Tooley at the middle school and volleyball coach Brandy Anderson at the elementary schools.

• Approved Oakland City University student Megan Stapleton to observe special education classes at Holland Elementary.

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

• Approved the Catholic HEART Work Camp proposal. The event is an annual service program that has sites in more than 50 cities throughout the summer to promote charitable projects that help both the community and camp participants grow. This will be the third time the program has been hosted locally.

• Approved a reimbursement resolution to allow the board to use bond funds to cover any preliminary studies associated with construction work at the Maple Park facility. The resolution does not mean the board will take out bonds to cover the project. However, the board cannot reimburse expenses using bond funds unless it passes a resolution before taking out bonds.

• Heard an update on the parking lot project that links the Huntingburg Elementary and Southridge campuses near the football fields. Weather delayed the project last fall, however, paving is expected to begin in early April and be completed before the end of the school year. Once complete, the space will keep the car queue for student drop-off and pick up from spilling onto Sunset Drive.

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