Meeting: Southeast Dubois Schools

The Southeast Dubois School Board met Wednesday and:

• Approved a face coverings policy for all students and staff. Students and staff will be required to wear facial coverings throughout the day in accordance with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive orders. There will be opportunities for mask breaks when social distancing can be maintained, and students will not be required to wear masks when sitting down for lunch, during recess and gym class or during athletic activities.

• Approved posting the proposed 2021 budget on Indiana’s online Gateway system and scheduled the public hearing on the budget, the capital projects plan and the bus replacement plan for the September board meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the corporation office, 432 E. 15th St. The board will approve the budget and plans at a special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The time is to be determined.

• Approved the following resignations: Pine Ridge Elementary teacher Eric Eckert; junior high wrestling coach Jeremy Weyer; Forest Park Junior-Senior High School robotics coaches Karl Hinson and Collin Daunhauer; athletic supervisor Tara Uebelhor; seventh grade boys basketball coach Mike Cronin; sixth grade boys basketball coach Noah Hawkins; biology teacher Kelie Gadlage; instructional assistant Kristie Birchler; and library assistant Tina Vaal.

• Approved the following new hires: instructional assistants Hannah Knies, Jennifer Davis and Leslie Blume; English teacher and sophomore class sponsor Mackenzie Gehlhausen; junior high football coach David Copeland; senior class sponsor Hailei Gehlhausen; freshman boys basketball coach Mike Cronin; seventh grade boys basketball coach Noah Hawkins; high school cheerleading coach Megan Bromm; assistant boys track coach Kerri Mehringer; athletic supervisor Grant Welp; administrative assistant and extracurricular activities account treasurer Stannye Hasenour; Cedar Crest Intermediate custodian Jim Gardener; and Pine Ridge kindergarten teacher Tiffany Nicholson.

• Approved the following donations: poly sprayers from Veterans Pest Solutions valued at $210.58 each; a $100 anonymous donation for student lunch accounts; $500 from St. Anthony Community Center for a scholarship in memory of Andrew Klem; $2,000 from the Dubois County Farm Bureau for the CASE program; and network equipment valued at $11,189.50 from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation to implement the corporation’s Wi-Fi.

• Approved book rental fees, credit recovery fees, Chromebook damage fees, preschool fees, transfer student fees and Forest Park parking fees for the 2020-21 school year.

• Approved waiving the credit card payment fee for textbook rental and lunch accounts for July, August and September to encourage parents to pay with credit cards to decrease the cash flow between homes and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The school corporation will pay the fees it is charged using the Coke donations fund.

• Approved advertising the annual financial report in the Ferdinand News.

• Approved the substitute teaching list for the 2020-21 school year.

• Approved the Forest Park after-school tutoring program where high school students tutor junior high students.

• Approved the fall We Are Fit program at Cedar Crest.

• Approved board policy updates from Neola Inc., a Michigan-based organization that monitors changes in laws regarding schools and school boards.

• Approved bus driver contracts with the drivers the school corporation employs. This does not include contracted drivers.

• Approved the annual car wash and Merkley & Sons meat sale fundraisers for the high school cheer team.

• Approved milk, bakery and commodity bids for the food service programs for the 2020-21 school year.

• Approved a revision to the 2020-21 calendar to remove the e-learning days previously scheduled for Sept. 4 and Nov. 3. Those days will now be used for in-person instruction.

• Approved the Forest park end-of-year extracurricular activities account financial report.

• Approved 2020-21 student handbooks for each of the corporation’s schools.

• Superintendent Jamie Pund thanked all the staff that have helped prepare reentry plans for the 2020-21 school year.

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