Meeting: Southwest Dubois Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Thursday and:

• Heard a group of students from Holland and Huntingburg elementaries perform “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman” as a thank-you for new sound equipment that was installed at both schools.

• Congratulated Holland Elementary on achieving four star status with the Indiana Department of Education; Southridge High School basketball player Jaden Hayes for being named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State team; high school basketball player Joe LaGrange for being named an honorable mention for the Academic All-State team; and the high school STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — team for placing first overall and earning the teamwork award at the Southwest Indiana STEM Challenge at Oakland City University.

• Thanked Kappa Delta Phi for a $250 donation to Holland’s art program; and Southridge Middle School for raising $2,405 for Riley Hospital for Children.

• Heard that Transportation Director Kelly Murphy is working on a miles-per-gallon audit of the corporation school buses to look for ways to save on gasoline.

• Heard that Murphy will attend two seminars over the summer about transporting students with special needs on school buses. Beginning next school year, individual corporations will take over student transport from the Exceptional Children’s Cooperative that serves area schools. Southwest Dubois will receive three school buses from the co-op to accommodate its needs.

• Approved the following facilities requests: Huntingburg Police Department to use the high school track for physical agility training; the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive at Holland Elementary; the Huntingburg Public Library to use Huntingburg Elementary for a StarLab and Holland Elementary for a summer reading program; Dubois County Multi-Sport to use several high school athletic facilities for the Youth Triathlon; and Indiana Elite Fastpitch Softball to use high school softball facilities for tryouts and tournaments.

• Approved the following field trips: the high school Future Farmers of America to attend the state envirothon contest in Noblesville; the high school Business Professionals of America to attend the national leadership conference in Anaheim, California; the high school STEM Club to attend the Indiana Formula Race in New Castle; and the Southridge Middle School choir to visit Kings Island in Mason, Ohio.

• Approved the following resignations: instructional assistant Ubaldo Gonzalez at Huntingburg Elementary; instructional assistant Debbie Carlson at Holland Elementary; and head soccer coach Ryan Wallace at the high school.

• Approved the following new hires and reassignments: instructional assistant Carrie Boerner at Holland Elementary; math teacher Annette Altmeyer, boys track coaches Justin King and Elizabeth Wertman and sixth grade girls basketball coach Craig Denu at the middle school; softball volunteers Amanda Ferguson and Toby Ferguson at the middle and high school; and math teacher Mark Rohrer and baseball volunteers Casey Lindeman and Dave Marcum at the high school.

• Approved the administrator summer school stipend at $200 a day for 19 days.

• Moved the May board meeting to 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 to coincide with the academic awards.

• Approved the 2019 summer school course offerings.

• Approved the notification of reasonable intent to employ non-certified staff for the 2019-20 school year. This is done to keep those staff members from being considered unemployed over the summer.

• Discussed an Advanced Placement course incentive for high school students and teachers. The program would encourage students to take the college-level courses and encourage staff members to obtain the extra training necessary to teach them.

• Approved an addendum to the superintendent contract to add an additional year. The contract will be good for the next three years.

• Approved dissolving the Southwest Dubois County Building Trades Corporation, which was formed in the 1980s to oversee the school’s building trades vocational program. The program has not been active for almost a decade, but there is about $20,000 in the corporation’s checking account and some equipment left over. The board decided to transfer the equipment and money to the Patoka Valley Career and Technical Cooperative to help establish a building trades course through the co-op. Area schools use the co-op to offer various vocational courses. 

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