Meeting: Southwest Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Thursday and:

Accepted the resignations of Sandy Braunecker as a food service staff member and Andrea Brown as a swimming coach, both at Southridge Middle School, and Whitney Buntin as a Raiders Involved in Daily Growth and Enrichment assistant, Kathy Rottet as a nurse’s assistant and Michelle Hume as a fifth-grade cheerleading sponsor, all at Huntingburg Elementary School. All resignations are effective immediately.

Hired David Houchins as a custodian and Amy Kaetzel as a boys and girls swimming supervisor, both at Southridge High School; Anthony Spinner as a boys track coach and Gary Duncan as a sixth-grade boys basketball coach, both at the middle school; and Summer Kramer as a fifth-grade cheerleading sponsor, Lisa Fuhrman as a nurse’s secretary, both at Huntingburg Elementary School.

Approved Jeff Tooley as a volunteer boys basketball coach, Brock Matthews and Brian Taylor as volunteer wrestling coaches and Cory Dearing, Marc Lampert and Bernie Main as volunteer girls basketball coaches, all at the high school; Casey Lindeman as a volunteer sixth-grade boys basketball coach and Jeff Greenwell as a volunteer eighth-grade boys basketball coach, both at the middle school; and Jesse Evans as a volunteer fifth-grade girls basketball coach at Huntingburg Elementary.

Fired Leonard “Ben” Uppencamp as a custodian at the high school and middle school complex, effective immediately. Superintendent Mike Eineman would not disclose the reason for the termination, citing it as a personnel matter.

Approved an adoption leave for high school math teacher Shawn Schaefer, but the start date is still undecided.

Held a public hearing on and then approved a $100,000 appropriation from the debt service fund to pay for a portion of the interest on the corporation’s high school renovation bonds, which are no longer covered by a federal government subsidy. The government agreed to pay interest on $12 million worth of construction bonds, but when the sequester occurred earlier this year, the corporation was forced to pay 8.7 percent of the interest.

Heard from Transportation Director Al Mihajlovits that he will soon present the board with a recommendation to purchase a new school bus to replace a high-mileage model in the current fleet.

Performed a first reading of a bullying policy revision that will expand the definition of “bullying” to include electronic harassment and incidents that occur off school grounds and have an effect on academic performance. The change will put the corporation in compliance with new state policy requirements. A second reading will be held at the Nov. 21 board meeting.

Agreed, upon a suggestion by board member Mike Broeker, to begin posting unofficial meeting minutes on the school website after each board meeting.

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