Meeting: Southwest Schools

The Southwest Dubois School Board met Monday and:

• Congratulated the Academic Archers on their performance in the Indiana National Archery in Schools Program.

• Congratulated the Southridge Business Professionals of America members for their performance at the national competition in Anaheim, California.

• Recognized Dr. Daniel Eby, a local orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine practitioner, for his 25 years of service to Southridge High School athletics. Eby was nominated to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. He will retire from his service to the school at the end of this school year.

• Approved the following facilities use requests: Hummingbird Daycare Ministry to use the Holland Elementary gym for preschool graduation on Wednesday; the City of Huntingburg to use the high school pool for lifeguard training Friday, May 24, through Saturday, June 1; the Tri-County YMCA to use the high school pool for swim lessons throughout June; and the Huntingburg Optimist Club to use various corporation facilities February 21-23, 2020, for their youth basketball tournament.

• Approved Southridge High School band camp to be held at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, which is northwest of Terre Haute.

• Approved the following resignations: custodian Carlos Rodriguez at the Southridge complex; seventh grade volleyball coach Casey Sibrel and seventh grade girls basketball coach Jill Matthews at Southridge Middle School; instructional assistant Joanna Ballard at Huntingburg Elementary; and instructional assistant Nicole Merkel at Holland Elementary.

• Approved the following contract non-renewals: instructional assistant Marc Lampert at the middle school; and girls basketball head coach Steve Rust at the high school.

• Approved the following staff transfers for the 2019-20 school year: Krista Gogel from Huntingburg Elementary kindergarten teacher to Holland Elementary kindergarten teacher; and Tonya Schepers from middle school English language learners teacher to grades three through five English language learners teacher at Huntingburg Elementary.

• Approved the following new hires: fourth grade teachers Ginger Rasche and Lindsey Riehle and kindergarten to second grade English language learners teacher Michaela Bolling at Huntingburg Elementary; seventh grade volleyball coach Trina Powell at the middle school; and weight training assistant coaches Brad Ohanian, Steve Winkler and Ted O’Brien at the high school.

• Approved summer school staff for the corporation.

• Approved a retroactive payment for head soccer coach Ryan Wallace and junior varsity coach Irvin Rocha to correct an error in the 2018-19 master contract.

• Approved a $1 per hour pay increase for Gordon Singer for duties in addition to his regular custodial position.

• Approved a retroactive payment for high school math teacher Amanda Sattler for teaching an additional section as of January.

• Approved student handbooks for all corporation schools.

• Approved treasurer bonds for the corporation treasurer, deputy treasurer and cafeteria manager, as well as for the high school athletic director and all school treasurers. State law requires schools to hold public official position bonds for all positions that handle money to protect the corporation in cases of mismanagement.

• Approved a three-year lease with Apple Financial for iPads for first-graders. The total cost to lease 150 devices is $44,100.

• Approved a temporary transfer of $50,000 from the rainy day fund to the debt service fund. The transfer will be repaid this fall when the school receives fall funding.

• Approved Kinkel & Son Architects to request bids for ticket booths at the football stadium to finish up campus improvement projects around the Southridge complex. The firm is contracted with the corporation for its services on the project.

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