Meeting: Southwest Dubois Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Thursday and:

• Heard that Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an executive order to allow local governing bodies, such as school boards, to meet via electronic communication as long as one member of the board is physically present, all members participate and can simultaneously communicate during the meeting and the meeting is open to the public. The executive order will be in effect during the coronavirus pandemic emergency.

• Heard that Holland Elementary received a grant of $1,108 from Hub 19 to purchase equipment for a makerspace.

• Heard that the corporation’s 2019 annual performance report is available on the Indiana Department of Education’s website and will be published in The Herald.

• Approved an acquisition offer from the Indiana Department of Education for a temporary easement on the south side of Memorial Gym and a purchase of part of the northeast corner at Memorial Gym in conjunction with work on U.S. 231. The total for both acquisitions is $1,000.

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

• Approved the resignations of custodian Willan Buse at the Southridge complex and instructional assistant Carrie Boener at Holland Elementary.

• Appointed food service staff Janna Boger at Southridge High School and track volunteer Stephen Woolery and Indiana University after-school program volunteer Ronnie Monge at Southridge Middle School.

• Appointed football and softball coach Scott Buening to Southridge athletic director. Buening will continue to coach both sports.

• Approved a resolution to continue to pay hourly employees while the schools are shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic emergency.

• Approved corporation staff to pay bills as necessary in the event that the board cannot meet due to the coronavirus emergency.

• Superintendent Tim LaGrange thanked the community and school staff for reacting quickly to the school closures and transition to e-learning. So far, he said, it’s been going well, though he said there are areas for improvement as the corporation continues e-learning until May 1.

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