Meeting: Southwest Dubois Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Thursday and:

• Held a public hearing on the 2020 budget, the 2020 capital project plan and the 2020-24 bus replacement plan. There were no public comments.

• Heard a report from Curriculum Director Melissa Boeglin. Boeglin talked about several grants the corporation is pursuing to increase student engagement and increase the rigor of the courses offered. She also talked about the corporation’s efforts to become certified to offer On My Way Pre-K at both Holland and Huntingburg elementaries and to become a certified early college high school. Early college high schools allow students to graduate with an associate’s degree.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: the Huntingburg Police Department to use the Southridge High School wrestling room for defensive tactics training several times in September, October and November; and Indiana Elite Fastpitch Softball to use the high school softball complex and field house for practices in September 2019 through July 2020.

• Approved the following field trips: Huntingburg Elementary preschoolers to Reid’s Orchard in Owensboro, Kentucky; high school Natural Helpers to training in Jasper; Holland Elementary kindergartners to Trunnell’s Farm Market in Owensboro, Kentucky; and Southridge Middle School eighth-graders to Washington, D.C., in September 2020.

• Approved the following resignations: assistants Lisa Mongomery and Jennifer Altmeyer and fifth grade basketball coach Chris Sherman at Holland Elementary; fifth grade boys basketball coach Matt Stegall at Huntingburg Elementary; assistant Honey Sturgeon, food service staff Michelle Songer and sixth grade boys basketball coach Chad Whitehead at Southridge Middle School; and cross country coach Chad Bland at the high school.

• Approved the following appointments: corporation building trades teacher Luke Nordhoff; wrestling assistant coaches Chris Goldman and Bryce Jones and robotics sponsors Alex Pund and Brad Wibbeler, tennis volunteer Larry Kieffner, cross country volunteer Chad Bland and band volunteers Keith Birchler, Kristie Birchler, Christopher Buening, Joyce Fleck, Jackson Painter, Rachelle Sherer, Paige Wallace and Janelle Hollinden at the high school; seventh grade girls basketball coach Kendyl Dearing and sixth grade girls basketball coach Steven Wollery at the middle school; kindergarten assistant Elaine Drew, preschool instructor Delmy Dubon, preschool assistant Stacey Humbert and Title I assistant Karen Snyder at Huntingburg Elementary; and testing assistant Taylor Duckworth, special needs assistant Annie Kruger, Spell Bowl coach Sarah Bardwell and Math Bowl coach Emma Hurst at Holland Elementary.

• Approved Vincennes University Jasper Campus student Ragon Mitchell to complete a social work internship in the high school guidance office during the 2019-20 school year and DePauw University student Jesse Fromme to complete a music teacher education internship with the high school band director, Lannie Butler, in January 2020.

• Approved a resolution stating the corporation’s expenditure goals for the 2020 fiscal year.

• Approved a resolution declaring that the roughly $85,000 the corporation will save in the Teacher Retirement Fund will go toward salaries and benefits for certified staff. The savings is a result of state-level changes to how much school corporations are required to contribute to teacher retirement debt.

• Approved food service bids with CRS OneSource of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Wabash Food Service of Vincennes for several cafeteria items.

• Approved the corporation’s teacher evaluation plan.

• Approved an amendment to the contract for bus route 10 to reflect an increase in the number of miles driven daily.

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