Travis Carie

Carie named as Churubusco Jr.Sr. High School Choir Director


A native of Vincennes, Carie received his Bachelor of Music Education in May 2004 from Indiana State University and will complete his Master of Music Education in December 2011. Carie worked as a music teacher at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy in South Bend from August 2009 through June 2011, a vocal music director from August 2008 through July 2009 at Twin Lakes High School in Monticello and a choral teacher at Clifford Pierce Middle School in Merrillville from August 2005 through July 2008. 

In an interview Tuesday, Carie said he is very excited about Show Choir at CJSHS and said he wanted to come to Churubusco because he knew the program was very strong. “I hope to take it to the next level,” he said, “from the great group it already is to taking it to the excellence level. Show Choir is my passion.”

CJSHS Principal Austin Couch described Carie as community-minded and said Carie was very excited to work with CES music teacher Sue Lough to continue music education into junior and senior high school.

In other Board news:

The Board unanimously approved the adoption of the 2012 Budget, Capital Projects Plan and Bus Replacement Plan with a vote of 4-0. School Board President Tanya Young was not present at the meeting. The total budget for 2012 is advertised at $12.67 million. Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the corporation always advertises high to create a cushion for inevitable State cuts to the proposed budget. 

The budget breaks down as follows: General Fund: $9.3 million, Debt Service Fund: $748,869.62, Retirement/Severance Bond Debt Service Fund: $267,882.50, Capital Projects Fund: $1.3 million, Transportation Fund: $542,000 and Bus Replacement Fund: $505,996; 

The Board accepted several grants, including:

“Take Charge of Education” grant sponsored by Target: When parents use the Target REDcard, Target will donate up to one percent of the purchases to the K-12 school designated. CES received $427.53 and CJSHS received $201.25.

HANDS grant: Shanna Fleetwood, CHS Art Teacher, submitted a grant to the HANDS Foundation requesting funds to assist with the purchase of a digital camera for the CJSHS art department and received a grant in the amount of $450. 

Whitley County Community Foundation STEM grant: The Whitley County Community Foundation presented SGCS a $20,000 grant for STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) education. 

The Board approved the allocation of $3,236.58 from the emergency fund to pay to replace ten windows around the campus that were broken with stones over the 4th of July holiday. 

Superintendent Steve Darnell gave a report regarding substitute positions at SGCS. Darnell said the corporation has plenty of subs for both food and health services, but it is short on subs for teachers, custodians and bus drivers. Darnell said the requirements to be a substitute are posted on the corporation’s website.

Joey Heaton, a junior at CJSHS, won the distinction of “Student of the Month.” Heaton does an internship with the preschool students at CES. Preschool teacher Cindy Kostoff said, “The students are always excited to see Joe for class. The students who work with Joe love to be around him and always do what he asks. He always goes above and beyond, and I truly appreciate it.” Heaton is currently the #2 singles tennis player on the CJSHS Tennis team. 

The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Building.

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