Meeting: Southwest Dubois Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Thursday and:

• Approved the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club to use Memorial Gym’s parking lot for the annual car show on Sept. 5.

• Approved creating an aviation program teaching position at Southridge High School for the aviation vocational program that will launch in the fall.

• Approved the following resignations: food service staff Angela Kern and Kathryn Buse and assistant softball coach Mariah Obermeier at the high school; and preschool staff Stephanie Nordhoff at Huntingburg Elementary School.

• Approved the following appointments: aviation instructor Dustin Betz, assistant varsity volleyball coaches Allie Michel and Emily Ferguson, and assistant and junior varsity softball coach Jason Songer at the high school; teacher Carmen Brooks at Huntingburg Elementary; fourth and fifth grade language arts teacher Taylor Duckworth and preschool teacher Emma Hurst at Holland Elementary; and student teachers Kaitlynn Mann from Indiana University and William Buchanan from Indiana State University, both for the 2020-21 school year.

• Approved the annual notification of reasonable intent to employ non-certified staff for the 2020-21 school year.

• Approved purchasing a software license for Powerschool Information System, Online Enrollment and Data Warehousing software to replace Harmony. Initial setup is $45,952 for the first year, then $26,881 annually.

• Approved purchasing a software license for Follett Destiny Solution Library Management System and Technology Inventory System to replace Harmony for $13,196 initially, then $3,087 annually.

• Approved purchasing a software license for Boyce Cloud Extra-Curricular Accounting software to replace Harmony for $8,000 initially, then $2,000 annually.

• Approved purchasing a software license for Success Evaluation Software to replace PIVOT for $8,063 initially, then $5,063 annually.

• Approved rescheduling the May board meeting to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the corporation office, 113 N. Jackson St., Huntingburg. The meeting was previously scheduled to coincide with the academic awards convocation, which has been canceled. Superintendent Tim LaGrange said school administrators are looking at alternative ways to recognize students’ academic achievements.

• Board Vice President John Schroeder commended teachers and school staff for how they’ve handled the unexpected school closures and switch to e-learning due to COVID-19. LaGrange thanked parents for their hard work with e-learning and encouraged the community to stick with it for the remaining five weeks of the school year.




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