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5/10/2018 - Decatur County Community School Board Meeting
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The Board of Education of Decatur County Community Schools met Wednesday evening. The board approved conference attendance for Elizabeth Fry from North Decatur High School at the Indiana Ag Teacher Workshop at Purdue University on July 11th and 12th. The board approved field trips for the NDHS FFA at the State Livestock Contest at Purdue University on May 18th and 19th. The board also approved a field trip for the North Decatur Archery team to participate in the Nationals event in Louisville, KY on May 10th.
The board approved the resignation of Noah Leininger from South Decatur High School at the end of the school year. The board approved medical leave for Allison Wilkerson from North Decatur Elementary School from September 10th, 2018 through January 4th, 2019.
The board approved the following hirings for the 2018/19 School Year:
-Crystal Ryan - Math and Project Lead the Way at North Decatur High School
-Lacy Brown - English at South Decatur High School
-Madeline Diniz - North Decatur High School Math
-Brett Mankin and Chris Lindroth - Technology
-Taylor Miller - North Decatur JV Volleyball
Superintendent Dr. Jarrod Burns presented the Extra Effort Awards for May to Karen Hudson of South Decatur Junior-Senior High School along with Lori Bierhaus and Karen Meeker from South Decatur Elementary School.
Chip Orben, Duke Energy Community Relations Manager, presented the board with checks totaling just over $20,670 for the Duke Energy Literacy Grant and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Grant. This marks the 4th consecutive year that the Duke Energy Foundation has provided the literacy grant and added the STEM grant this year. Over the past 4 years, the Duke Energy Foundation has provided over $84,000 in grants to Decatur County Community Schools. Mr. Orben pointed out that it is critical to ensure struggling students gain essential reading skills by the time they reach 3rd grade. The literacy grant will help struggling first and second grade students in gaining those skills.
The board approved a bank change to First Federal for North Decatur Elementary and North Decatur Junior-Senior High Schools. The principals, assistant principals, and bookkeepers will have signature authority for their respective schools. The board approved the summer food program with breakfast and lunch meals being prepared at North Decatur High School and distributed at YMCA Programs. The board approved advertising for bread and milk bids in the Greensburg Daily News. Bids will open on June 5th.
Dr. Burns reported that Schmidt Associates will conduct a "wellness check" of each building with an official report provided in July. The report will assist the district in identifying and establishing timelines for repair and maintenance throughout the district.
Curriculum Director Debbie Reynolds reported that ISTEP testing is complete and results are expected to come in beginning next week. She reported that the location change allowing students to take Advanced Placement tests at their home schools has worked well. ECA testing is in progress, along with Spring NWEA testing. NWEA testing will finish on May 18th. She reported that Camp Invention has 60 students compared to 38 last year and enrollment has stopped. She reported that the grant provided by the Decatur County United Fund made the program available to more families.
South Decatur Elementary School Principal Angel Hocker reported that one boy and one girl with perfect attendance in grades 1-6 will receive a bicycle and helmet through a grant provided to the school. Students who have missed 2 or less days will have a cotton candy and slushie party next week. She stated that students raised $1,641 for the Change for Riley program with teachers raising over $600 for the Relay for Life.
South Decatur Junior-Senior High School Principal Jim Jameson reported that Pam Smiley, Kristin Ross, Angie Greene, Brandy Strand, and Natalie Smiley are working on The Art and Science of Teaching program as the school works to obtain Level III high reliability certification by Marzano Research.
The board will hold its next meeting on June 6th at 6:00 pm at the Decatur County Community Schools Central Office.
The board approved the following summer hirings:
Summer Extended School Year:
Angela Verseman - 30 hours
Catherine Schmeltz - 20 hours
Lori Nobbe - 16 hours
Christy Nesbit - 20 hours
Brittany Gearheart - Bus Driver
Summer Food Program
North Decatur - Diane Bedel, Elijah Hoeing, Connor Messer, Trey Nobbe, Ellen Schwering, and Garrett Wood
South Decatur - Ashlynn Baker, Tiffany Foga, Wendy Kopplin, Cathy Pittman, Sheila Skinner, and Ben Vanderbur
Dottie Hellmich - 54 hours
Linda Smith - 54 hours
Casey Bolton - 40 hours
Angie Hamer - 40 hours
Linda Smith - 55 hours
Lori Nobbe - 35 hours
Jessica Hardebeck - 35 hours
Carla Kramer - 35 hours
Cassie Martindale - 35 hours
Nyoka Nobbe - 35 hours
Ruth Canfield - 35 hours
Mary Rogers - 35 hours
Marilyn Scott - 35 hours
Terri West - 35 hours
Christy Nesbit - 35 hours
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