Meeting: Southwest Dubois Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Thursday and:

• Heard that the corporation was awarded a $25,000 Strong Start Community grant to help prepare preschool students for kindergarten.

• Heard that teacher Stephen Longabaugh won a $5,000 grant for his classroom from the Dubois County Community Foundation’s 12 Days of Giving event in December.

• Heard a presentation on the corporation’s student technology device replacement plan. The plan has students getting new devices in third, sixth and ninth grades that will follow them through their years at each school building. High school seniors will have the option to purchase their device for use after graduation.

• Heard a report on several school improvement and dual credit initiatives at Southridge High School, including a new partnership with Ivy Tech that allows students to earn a general education certificate during high school that is transferable to any Indiana college. The certificate program begins during sophomore year of high school and is the equivalent of one year of college.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: the high school choir and musical character breakfast to use the high school cafeteria; the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club to use Memorial Gym’s parking lot and restrooms for the annual car show; KDC Transportation and Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari to use the Memorial Gym parking lot as an employee transportation pickup and drop-off location during the park’s operating season; SHS Post Prom to use the high school gym, auditorium, cafeteria and field house for Post Prom; DistinXion Inc. Basketball Camp to use Memorial Gym for a summer camp; and the Huntingburg Public Library to use the Holland Elementary cafeteria for a summer reading program on Thursdays during June and July.

• Approved the following field trips: Huntingburg Elementary third-graders to the play “The One and Only Ivan” in Owensboro, Kentucky; the high school Business Professionals of America students to the BPA Leadership Conference in Indianapolis; the high school Jobs for American Graduates students to Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis; Huntingburg Elementary fifth-graders to Louisville Zoo in Louisville, Kentucky; and the high school FFA to the State Dairy Evaluation event in LaPorte.

• Approved the following resignations: preschool assistant Courtney Messmer at Huntingburg Elementary; and food service staff Alicia Wilz, varsity baseball assistant coach Brian Craig and boys track assistant coach Steve Rust at the high school.

• Approved the following new hires: boys track assistant II coach Chad Wertman, fine arts Academic Bowl coach Amber Barclay, girls track co-assistant coach Karli Meyer, Academic Bowl coordinator Amanda Sattler and baseball assistant coach Travis LaMar at the high school; English language assistant Sonia Bonilla, wrestling assistant coach Chris Vernon and girls track coach Elizabeth Wertman at Southridge Middle School; preschool assistant Toni Jones and special needs assistant Kyle Schepers at Holland Elementary; and English language assistant Laci Kline at Huntingburg Elementary.

• Approved the high school leadership team of Nicole DeKemper, Jenna Fessel, Erica Hohl, Abby Lutgring, Ted O’Brien, Amanda Pulley, Alex Pund and Susan Wagner.

• Approved the following volunteers: Jason Barnett, Blake Broeker, Brian Craig, Casey Lindeman, David Marcum, Andy McKeough, Charles O’Brian and Craig Popp for high school baseball; Steve WInkler for high school boys golf; Paul Kinker and Kelly Kieffner for high school girls tennis; Roger Hunter and Ron LaGrange for high school track; Matt Medcalf for middle school swimming; and Austine Kane for middle school wrestling.

• Approved Oakland City University education student Hannah Erny to complete her special education practicum with Nicole DeKemper at the high school.

• Approved creating a kindergarten dual language immersion teaching position at Huntingburg Elementary.

• Approved hiring non-certified summer staff as needed.

• Tabled an acquisition offer from the Indiana Department of Transportation for strips of land around Memorial Gym that INDOT would like to acquire for use during road work on U.S. 231 scheduled for 2021.

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

• Wished Executive Secretary Jerri Kramer a happy birthday.

• Congratulated wrestler Sam Schroeder on earning a spot at the state competition.

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