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Board hires special education bus monitor

Special Education Director Nancy Becker and CHS Vice Principal/Transportation Director Jerry Lange interviewed applicants for the position, three of which had EMT training. They may choose to hire a substitute monitor for days that Bianski may not be available. 

In other Board news:

* Elementary office secretary Susie Egolf was honored November 4 by the Indiana Association of School Principals with the Secretaries Compassion Award. She was nominated by CES Principal and IASP member Nicole Singer. 

* Churubusco Middle School and the School Board honored eighth-grader Gabby Savieo (pictured at left) as its Spotlight on Success. Gabby is recognized for her creativity and excellence as an all-round student. She is on the honor roll and is described by her teachers as “a joy in the classroom.” She is the daughter of Aimee Gerke and Gary Savieo.

* CHS VP Jerry Lange reported that Wayne Krider, Director of Buildings and Grounds, applied for a grant from Cummins Diesel as part of the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program to upgrade the entire bus fleet to make it more “green” and efficient by retrofitting all diesels and providing heaters so the buses won’t have to be plugged in during the winter. 

* The Board accepted a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart to purchase new books for the library. Media Specialist Ben Moore applied for the grant. Board member Cathy Petrie said she appreciates Moore’s efforts to sort through library materials and get rid of outdated sources. “He loves his job and it really shows,” she said.

* Superintendent Steve Darnell gave a report about the rental properties at 233 and 239 Washington Street owned by the corporation. Dan Comparet will do work on the houses to get them up to code so the school can rent them out for $500 per month. Original quotes were around $20,000, but the work has been trimmed back and thus the cost was reduced to $6,000. Comparet plans to complete the work in late December. Funding for the project will come out of the Building Construction Improvements Fund (part of the Capital Projects Fund), while the money generated from rent will go into either the General Fund or CPF. Board member Rick Trump said he would like Business Manager Adam Skiles to keep track of the monies coming in versus those going out and possibly put the income into a fund to eventually fix the roof on one of the rental houses.

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