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Smith-Green becomes a complete smoke-free campus

Board creates Rainy Day fund to offset state cuts
by Katie Wagner
The SGCS Board of School Trustees approved Policy 7434 at the January 18 meeting to make Smith-Green Community Schools a complete smoke-free campus, effective beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, with a vote of 4-1. School Board Secretary Nick Uecker voted against the policy.
Old policy prohibited students from using tobacco at school and/or school-sponsored events, and school patrons could not smoke in school buildings, but the new policy will prohibit the use of any tobacco products — for example, cigars, cigarettes, pipes or smokeless tobacco — on any school property, including parking lots, buses and at sporting events.
School Board President Tanya Young, along with other Boardmembers, wanted to make sure administrators were prepared to respectfully direct smokers to places where they can smoke, such as in their cars on side streets off of school property. Young also said signage should be posted to make patrons aware of the new policy.
CHS Principal Austin Couch said with planning, communication, and signage, administrators will be able to effectively and respectfully get the word out about the new policy.
Boardmembers Cathy Petrie and Nick Uecker expressed concerns regarding the smoke-free policy. Uecker said he would like for the Corporation to phase into the policy by designating areas for patrons to smoke and by letting them know that smoking will soon be banned. Petrie said her vote was a difficult decision because smoking is a legal activity for adults, and she does not want to be offensive or disrespectful to patrons of the school. However, she said most school events involve minors, so she believes they should be in a smoke-free environment and be shown a smoke-free example.
Petrie requested a report from administrators to see how the plan will be advertised and enforced, such as in the handbook, through newsletters, signage, etc.
Boardmember Rick Trump said he believes the policy is the right thing to do for the kids–to be a good example for the kids and for the health of all people.
The Board also approved the Rainy Day Fund Resolution as presented by Superintendent Steve Darnell. The Rainy Day Fund will be created using ten percent of the appropriations from certain funds, including the Bus Replacement Fund, Debt Service Fund and Capital Projects Fund (CPF). The funds listed had remaining, unused and unencumbered cash balances. The money will be allocated to the Rainy Day Fund to be used for any lawful need or purpose.
Darnell said the fund will make money available to be used for General Fund purposes and will help offset the loss of state revenue due to Governor Mitch Daniels’ reduction to K-12 funding.
Since funds such as the CPF, Bus Replacement and Debt Service are property-tax-based funds, they can only be used for specific purposes. By placing the money into a Rainy Day Fund, the Corporation can use the money for General Fund purposes. The General Fund is state money, rather than property tax money.
Darnell proposed transfering approximately $257,000 to the Rainy Day Fund. Combined with the $160,000 reductions he proposed from the previous Board meeting, Darnell said the Corporation should break even with the 5.22 percent losses due to state budget cuts.
Petrie expressed concerns regarding lost CPF funds through the creation of the Rainy Day Fund.
“This is not a plan to do every year,” Darnell said, assuring Petrie. “The plan is to use this as a one-time shot to cover our losses and get through the state reductions. I see this as a way to get through 2010.”
Darnell would need to come back to the Board for additional appropriations to have a Rainy day Fund in years to come.
In other Board news:
After more than a year of work on updating bylaws and policies, the Board unanimously voted to approve the NEOLA Developed Bylaws and Policies Adoption Resolution. Boardmembers Cathy Petrie and Mike Sturgis spearheaded the efforts to update the bylaws and policies. The NEOLA system will help keep Smith-Green’s policies updated and will make them easily accessible on the web for parents.
Pool Committee members Liz Schemm and Don Page were present to catch the Board up on the pool process. Schemm said the feasibility study for the splash pad (instead of a pool) was submitted December 18,2009. A judge approved changing Paul Muller’s will to allow for a splash pad to be built, rather than a swimming pool. The splash pad will take approximately four months to build, and the committee hopes to have it completed by Turtle Days.
Superintendent Darnell said the Corporation has started the interview process to fill the vacancy left by former Director of Business and Technology Adam Skiles. Darnell is interviewing for two positions: Director of Technology and Business Manager/Treasurer. Darnell said several strong candidates have applied, and he should have a recommendation to the Board by February 1.
The Board unanimously approved the following resignations, leave requests and new hires: CHS French Teacher Amanda Smerdel requested a maternity leave, beginning April 30 through the end of the 2009-2010 school year. She also submitted her letter of resignation effective at the end of this school year. Boardmember Cathy Petrie said Smerdel is an outstanding teacher, and she is sorry to see her go. Smerdel not only teaches French, but is active with tennis, French Club and Student Council. CHS Principal Austin Couch said CHS is losing a great teacher in Smerdel. Noting the relationships she has made with staff, students and parents, Couch said Smerdel is always concerned about her students and wants to help the Corporation find a quality French teacher as her replacement.
CES Teacher Dawn O’Connor requested a maternity leave beginning April 2, 2010 and extending through June 3, 2010.
Ryan Rupp will fill a vacant science position effective January 19, 2010. Couch said he feels Rupp will relate well with kids and has the best outlook for the students in mind. Although Couch interviewed several qualified teachers, he said he felt Rupp had the best character.
Paul Sade was officially employed as Associate Athletic Director, effective in retrospect to October 19, 2009, with a salary of $2,938.50. Sade takes over the duties for the Middle School Athletic Program during girls basketball season so current Associate Athletic Director Jamie Perlich can fulfill his duties as girls basketball head coach. The salary for the position is split between Sade and Perlich.
The Board approved the fifth grade overnight field trip to Camp Potawotami on May 20-21. Fifth grade students experience team-building activities designed to help them learn to work collaboratively with one another through a series of assigned tasks.
CES Principal Nicole Singer presented 3rd grade student Blaire Foote as the Spotlight on Success. The daughter of Troy and Stacy Foote, Blaire is a hard worker at CES who always turns in her work and gives her best effort. She is a great writer and a great role model for her third grade classmates, Singer said. She is a member of the Turners Jump Rope Team and on the A/B Honor Roll.
Singer also presented Karen Eckert, Michael McPeek, Natalie Pugh and Mary Turner as Teachers of the Month.
The next regular School Board meeting will be Monday, February 1, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Board creates Rainy Day fund to offset state cuts

by Katie Wagner

kwagner@busconews.com

The SGCS Board of School Trustees approved Policy 7434 at the January 18 meeting to make Smith-Green Community Schools a complete smoke-free campus, effective beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, with a vote of 4-1. School Board Secretary Nick Uecker voted against the policy.

Cornerstone Christian School Honor Roll

Cornerstone students recently completed the second nine weeks grading period. The following students are on the second quarter Honor Roll.
Pastor’s Honor Roll
94-100 percent
In School: Alyssa Beck, Grace Blevins, Brent Gilbert, Cash Kirkpatrick, Andrew Bair, Rachel Lenardson, Lydia Mason,  Destiny Musselman, Zackery Musselman, Drew Sigler, Karris Sigler, Camren Sproles, Kiersten Stalling, Nicholas Beck,  Connor Hinen, Morgan Hinen, Breck Hochstetler, Andrew Johnson, Caleb Lendardson, Kendra Mason, Joshua Norden, Nick Rawles, Emily Sheets, Brittany Teeter, Galen Walden, Isaiah Bair, Rebecca Crouse, Kalyn Gaerte, Andrew Gingerich,  Hope Griner, Mason Gynn, Jacob Hinen, David Johnson, Tabby Kanis, Austin Marlow, Kayla Rice, Max Sajdak, Ruby Stangland, Lexus Altman, Keith Bair, Kate Cooper,  Lydia Crouse, Jacob Galligher, Mariah Griner, Makenna Gudakunst, Mariah Gudakunst, Mason Gudakunst, Conner Gynn,  Luke Leffers, Loren Marlow, Stephanie Norden, Tyler Rawles, Zach Rice, Braden Sherman, Taylor Shively, Angel Vanderford, Eric Berning Casie Busenbark, Sara Galligher, Avery Johnson, Shayna Lowe, Zach Pippenger, and Brennan Sherman.
Home School:  Maysie Clouse, Derek Frey, Faith Hammond, Dakotah Cecil, Darrell Frey, Madelyn McClure, Jillian Norris,  Joshua McConnell, Justin McClure, Cynthia Martin, Joey Ashenfelter,  Gabrielle Kirchner, Katelyn Tuttle, Seth McConnell, Jennie Ott, Molly Winger, and Steven Kime.
TEACHER’S HONOR ROLL 88-93%
In School:  Bryce Marlow, Austin Sheets, Abe Stangland, Andrew Andorfer, Eric Berning, Rayce Binion, Ben Griner, Josh Hall, Elizabeth Kreger, Austin Lowe, and Christian Stoner.
Home School:  Silvia Hager, Jennette Norris, and Trevor Langohr.
Perfect Attendance
second  nine weeks
Connor Hinen, Morgan Hinen, Breck Hochstetler, Caleb Lenardson, Nick Rawles, Mason Gudakunst, Bryce Marlow, Tyler Rawles, Eric Berning, Rayce Binion, and Casie Busenbark.

Cornerstone students recently completed the second nine weeks grading period. The following students are on the second quarter Honor Roll.

Tilbury graduates from Basic Combat Training

Army Pvt. Tyler W. Tilbury has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
He is the son of Jennifer and stepson of Harry Jordan of West St., Churubusco.
Tilbury is a 2009 graduate of Churubusco High School.

Army Pvt. Tyler W. Tilbury has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

January 20, 2010

One Year Ago
Smith-Green School Board hired Attorney W. Erik Weber of Mefford and Weber as legal council for the 2009 year.
Indiana Department of Work Force Development announced that Indiana would receive a $720,000 National Emergency Grant to help with flood clean-up in 12 counties that were declared federal disaster areas.
Chris Hart of Churubusco, bowled a perfect 300 game at Main Bowl in Columbia City.
The Savieo Family was the second place winner in the 17th Annual Christmas Decorating contest sponsored by the Churubusco News.
Five Years Ago
University of Iowa Head Basketball Coach Steve Alford was on a recruiting trip to watch Lakeland’s Jon Workman at the Churubusco-Lakeland game.
Extremely foggy weather and icy roads caused many accidents in the area.
Dylan Jones and Gretchen Meinzen were the top winners of the Annual National Geography Bee.
Board members of the Youth League announced that soccer was coming to Churubusco. League members hoped to offer a spring and possibly fall league to interested boys and girls ages 4, 5 and 6.
Dick and Gladys Cleland celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception.
Derrick and Elizabeth Wilson announced the birth of their son, Pryce Allen.
Ten Years Ago
Nicholas Bianski was the winner of the CES Spelling Bee. Runner up was Jennifer Thomas.
Indiana State Trooper Jason Beal was stuck by a passing vehicle while assisting a wrecker operator in removing a vehicle from a ditch.  Trooper Beal passed away a couple of days later as a result of injuries sustained at the crash.
One item dominated the agenda at the S-G School Board meeting – safe school crossings. Discussion focused on securing warning flashers on the highways and funding crossing guards.
25 years Ago
Good News Baptist Church welcomed their new pastor, David Hileman. He had been the associate pastor at the Anchorage Baptist Temple in Anchorage, Alaska for seven years. Pastor Hileman, wife Sharon and children arrived in Churubusco on January 18.
Lee Greenwood, 1984 Male Vocalist of the Year, performed at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne with special guests, Overland Express.
Brent Gaff, New York Mets pitcher and native of Churubusco, was one of the guest speakers at a Baseball Clinic at the Churubusco High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Leitch celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
Pastor and Mrs. Don Coy announced the birth of their son, Darin Michael.
50 years Ago
Ethan Stangland, after a long and determined court battle, finally lost the tractor that figured heavily in the see-saw struggle with the federal government. He took the tractor to the Speedway Auto Auction to be auctioned off in settlement of the judgement against him.
Dr. Harold Luckey, a physician associated with the Luckey Hospital in Wolf lake, passed away.
Janet Hickman, of Churubusco High School, won the Betty Crocker 1960 Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow.
Jim Kirtley was a guest of J.I. Case on a trip to Florida.  He told of his introduction to the jet age as he left Chicago in snow and two and one-half hours later was in sunny 80-degree weather in Florida. He said the biggest difference was the speed but more astonishing was the lack of sound and vibration.
Robert Young filed a suit against four former officials of the Noble County Credit Union. The suit asked for $6,500, the amount Young claimed was falsely and frauduently obtained from him for deposit in the now-defunct credit union.
The bankrupt credit union moved a step closer  in the reorganization. The 33-year old Hobbs was serving a 15-year prison term for embezzlement.
A raid was conducted at the Tip Top Club, north of LaOtto.  Thirteen officers from Noble and Dekalb Counties swarmed the restaurant and truck stop to make the arrests. Eleven were arrested. Charges ranged from maintaining a house of prostitution, frequenting a house of ill fame and prostitution.

One Year Ago

Smith-Green School Board hired Attorney W. Erik Weber of Mefford and Weber as legal council for the 2009 year.

Indiana Department of Work Force Development announced that Indiana would receive a $720,000 National Emergency Grant to help with flood clean-up in 12 counties that were declared federal disaster areas.

Chris Hart of Churubusco, bowled a perfect 300 game at Main Bowl in Columbia City.

The Savieo Family was the second place winner in the 17th Annual Christmas Decorating contest sponsored by the Churubusco News.

Library Board members elected

At the annual organizational meeting January 11, the following library board members were elected for the 2010 year
President – Ava Lillmars;
Vice-President: C. Greg Childs;
Secretary – Nancy Lewis;
Corresponding Secretary: Lori Snyder;
Treasurer: Connie Bair.
Sherry Johnson took the Oath of Office for another four year term and Lori Snyder took the Oath of Office for her first term of four years, filling the vacancy of Jean Baughmanwho had served 16 years on the Library Board.

At the annual organizational meeting January 11, the following library board members were elected for the 2010 year.

Geography Bee

Geography Bee at Churubusco Elementary

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Above are the eight students who competed in the Geography Bee.  Front row, left to right, are Jared Rosswurm, Trevor Kelley, Sam Richards, and Savannah Foote. Back row is Destiny Mascho, Carlin Amber, Cole Lybarger and Isaac Geiger.

(At left are the eight students who competed in the Geography Bee.  Front row, left to right, are Jared Rosswurm, Trevor Kelley, Sam Richards, and Savannah Foote. Back row is Destiny Mascho, Carlin Amber, Cole Lybarger and Isaac Geiger.)

Churubusco Elementary School held a fifth grade Geography Bee in December. Two students from each class were selected to participate by winning their preliminary Geography Bee in their classroom. The students had to answer questions regarding world geography questions.

January 13, 2010

One Year Ago
New Churubusco Town Council President, Frank Kessler, presided over his first meeting.
Churubusco residents would see another increase in their water bills. This was to be the final installation of a planned increase to help fund a new water treatment plant.
Priscilla Andrews and Linda and Rich Reuter were first and third place winners in the Annual Contest sponsored by the Churubusco News. The second place winner had not claimed their prize.
The SG Board of School Trustees held its first meeting of the new year. The officers stayed the same as the prior year with Tanya Young president and Cathy Petrie vice-president.
All 2008 Churubusco Chamber of Commerce officers were reinstated for 2009. Jim Horne was president, DeeDee McCoy, executive secretary, Beth Brown secretary, Chris Tomlinson, vice-president and John Schmidt, treasurer.
Five Years Ago
Icy roads were to blame for many wrecks and school closings.
Churubusco was one step closer to applying for a grant that would help fund sewer plant improvements. The Town intended to apply for $475,000.
Benjamin and Aimee Rinker announced the birth of their son, Kameron Richard.
Ten Years Ago
Shelly Gaff, Orizon Real Estate, Inc., graduated from the Indiana Association of Realtors Graduate Realtors Institute in Merrillville.
Volunteer school crossing guard, Doretha Mae Straw was struck and killed at the school crossing. Police said rain and fog created a poor visibility factor.
The Churubusco Town Council for 2000 was Chuck Mathieu, John Barrett and Vivian Rosswurm. Ann Gordon was clerk-treasurer.
Todd and Sara Ramsey announced the birth of their daughter, Shaniah Madeline Sara.
Ryan and Melissa Belleville announced the birth of their son, Lance Clifford.
25 Years Ago
Formal dedication for Churubusco’s new Masonic Temple, located at the corner of Home Avenue and Mulberry Street was scheduled.
Appreciation was given to outgoing Fire Chief, Ray Rhodehamel. Jim Horne was the new Fire Chief.  Mr. Horne requested from the Board that a 32-year-old pumper that was not being used, be refurbished and equipped to be used for city fires. Township trucks were currently being used and he felt the pumper was fully capable of being used. The Board agreed to look at the budget at the next meeting.
Randy and Cheryll Neith announced the birth of their daughter, Allison.
The Administration of SG School presented to the Board a list of new classes they would like to offer the coming year. The list included personal typing, computer literacy, word processing, consumer math, agricultural science, textiles and current problems. The Board ruled to accept the complete list for the ‘85 – ‘86 school year.
50 Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Richey announced the birth of their son, Kent Ramon.
Gary Lee Robbins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robbins, was the first baby of the new year.
Directors of the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce approved a record high budget of $2,050 for the betterment of the community.  Top priority was off-street parking, so as to afford convenient parking for all patrons.
A great future for J.I. Case was predicted with a greater emphasis on the industrial division under which the Churubusco plant operated.

One Year Ago

New Churubusco Town Council President, Frank Kessler, presided over his first meeting.

Churubusco residents would see another increase in their water bills. This was to be the final installation of a planned increase to help fund a new water treatment plant.

Priscilla Andrews and Linda and Rich Reuter were first and third place winners in the Annual Contest sponsored by the Churubusco News. The second place winner had not claimed their prize.

The SG Board of School Trustees held its first meeting of the new year. The officers stayed the same as the prior year with Tanya Young president and Cathy Petrie vice-president.

All 2008 Churubusco Chamber of Commerce officers were reinstated for 2009. Jim Horne was president, DeeDee McCoy, executive secretary, Beth Brown secretary, Chris Tomlinson, vice-president and John Schmidt, treasurer.

Please clear snow and ice for mail deliveries

Letter carriers in Indiana will make their appointed rounds to deliver mail in the aftermath of the recent heavy snow. As they prepare to face the elements, the United States Postal Service  requests your help in clearing snow and ice from the approach to your mailbox.
“Snow and ice in front of mailboxes play havoc with mail delivery,” says Kim Yates, Postal Service spokesperson. “Your help in maintaining a clear path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways and street approach — greatly help us maintain consistent delivery service.”
According to Yates, delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes. The U.S. Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration and only as a last resort. Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day. “We certainly don’t want to inconvenience our customers,” Yales said, “But we must ensure the safety of our employees.”
* Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail, and drive away froim the box without danger or the need for backing.
* Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.
* Steps and porches should also be kept clear of ice and snow to prevent injury to letter carriers and others who visit the customer’s home.
“Please help our employees provide the best service they can, as safely as possible,” said Yates. “Your cooperation is very much appreciated and will help us provide timely delivery of your mail.”

Letter carriers in Indiana will make their appointed rounds to deliver mail in the aftermath of the recent heavy snow. As they prepare to face the elements, the United States Postal Service  requests your help in clearing snow and ice from the approach to your mailbox.