Meeting: Southwest Dubois Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Thursday and:

• Approved creating a part-time teaching position for three periods of advanced physical education at Southridge High School. The class is the weightlifting class for athletes.

• Approved the resignations of teacher Christine Mears and instructional assistant Amy Merkel at Huntingburg Elementary School; assistant swim coach Lisa Biehl at Southridge Middle School; cheer coach Penny Altstadt, tennis coach Rhonda Diekhoff and cross county coach Steve Sturgeon at the high school; and night security guard Wayne Culver at the corporation.

• Approved moving aviation teacher Dustin Betz from part time to full time.

• Approved hiring summer staff Rosa Ornelas, IT specialist Jayme Blackgrove and food service worker Sherri Lautner; Holland Elementary teacher Katelyn Buening; and cheer coach Haley Barnett, boys head soccer coach and girls head soccer coach Brandon Aders, boys assistant soccer coach Kendra Bielawa, girls assistant soccer coach Amy Chastain, cross country coach Chase Bland, girls tennis coach Paul Kinker, football freshman co-coach Steve Rust, boys tennis volunteer Kelly Kieffner and football volunteer Kevin Seib at the high school.

• Approved Ball State University student Antoinette Birge to complete her speech pathology student teaching placement with Janet Bradley Aug. 24 through Oct. 30.

• Approved two-year administrator contracts with Curriculum Director Melissa Boeglin, Southridge High School Principal Chad Sickbert, Southridge Assistant Principal Greg Werner, Southridge Middle School Principal Greg Gogel, Huntingburg Elementary Principal Chad Whitehead, Huntingburg Elementary Assistant Principal Jeremy Marshall and Holland Elementary Principal Kelly Murphy.

• Approved a resolution suspending school board policies that conflict with waivers and extensions granted by the state government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution expires at the end of the pandemic.

• Approved meal price increases for the 2020-21 school year. Each meal price increases by 10 cents.

• Approved a minimum class size of 180 for the school corporation.

• Approved school administrators to hire staff for the fall semester as needed.

• Approved the 2021 budget timeline and approved advertising the proposed 2021 budget.

• Approved Heartland School Solutions MySchoolBucks Payment Solutions for textbook rental and class fees payments and Heartland’s Mosaic for Cafeteria Point of Sale system. Both programs work with the PowerSchool student information system the board approved last month.

• Heard that the City of Huntingburg did not have any excess funds from tax levies in economic development areas to turn over to the school corporation.

• Thanked the Indiana state government for not making cuts to K-12 school funding for the 2020-21 school year in response to a tax revenue shortfall brought on by the COVID-19 closures.

• Thanked the school staff working to give the Class of 2020 as normal a send off as possible in the midst of COVID-19.

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