Superintendent Steve Darnell told the board that 89 students have enrolled in Kindergarten so far and there’s a possibility that more could enroll by Friday’s starting day.
“Eighty-nine students is a big increase, said Darnell. “We definitely need another half-time teacher.”
In other board news:
• Approved an amendment to the Superintendent’s contract exercising his right to take dental/health benefits. Also the board granted a one-time 403(b) annuity contribution of $2,000 for work performed 2009-10 school year.
Board president Tanya Young told the crowd that Darnell was going above and beyond the call of duty taking on extra projects and work. She also said he was to be commended for his leadership role and hoped that Darnell would be here for a long time.
“One of the biggest mistakes we’ve made is in administration retention,” said Young.
• Approved the combining of health benefit contributions for married couples both working for the district. The approval was to confirm that sometimes based on the employment positions, the couple may end up not having to contribute to health benefits.
After discussion about whether the arrangement would make monetary sense for the district, the board voted 4-1 to approve the changes with member
Rick Trump voting against.
• The board gave permission to advertise the 2011 budget in local newspapers. In addition to the budget, the state requires publication of the Capital Projects Plan and the Bus Replacement Plan.
• Approved NEOLA updates to board policy.
• Approved extended day trips and overnight field trips for K-12.
• The board gave permission to advertise for an auction selling off unused/surplus equipment the district has accumulated over the last three years.
The auction will be held on September 18 at the school starting at 9 a.m. Items will be available for viewing an hour prior to the auction.
This year the auction will be a live auction with a certified auctioneer volunteering his time. Any proceeds will be used to benefit student services. A listing of items will be available at the Administrative Center.
• Approved a resolution to support restoring Indiana to Central time. A group called the Central Time Coalition submitted the resolution to the board and was asked to consider taking an official position on the matter.
• Hired Kameron Miller as Groundskeeper/Maintenance beginning on August 17.
• Hired Michael McPeek as a long term substitute in fourth grade for Cindy Bartlett, who is on medical leave.
The board also held an executive session prior to the regular meeting for discussion of strategy with respect to initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.
The next regular scheduled meeting is on Monday, September 7 in the Board Room of the Administrative Center at 7 p.m.