The Board also approved a total of $9,756.63 emergency allocation from the capital projects fund to pay for troubleshooting and repair of the football field lighting ($3,661.63), wireless survey assessment ($2,595) and wireless network re-design ($3,500).
The football field lighting repair took place at the end of September when the lights quit working.
The wireless access work is currently ongoing as a technician works to resolve the bottleneck issues that are slowing down the network within the Jr Sr High when several hundred users access the Internet at one time. SGCS Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the technicians are redesigning the original access points and dividing the users into groups and assigning each group to a separate channel or sector to divert the load.
With this allocation of funds, the emergency fund is down to $2,000 so Board members are keeping their fingers crossed that no other emergencies arise within the next two months so the corporation will be fine through the end of the year. The emergency fund was hit hard this year with the previous two allocations in addition to the replacement of broken window glass throughout the building.
In addition, Fleetwood has been working to clean up the books from prior years’ mistakes. With that, the Board authorized the general fund cash balance to be adjusted by the positive amount of $2,166.30. Furthermore, Fleetwood recommended closing out outstanding grant funds that were pinned to the general fund. By doing so, the corporation is able to transfer $38,723.82 to the general fund balance.
Superintendent Steve Darnell said with three business managers, three treasurers and five superintendents over the past six years, the corporation has lacked consistency with bookkeeping and now Fleetwood is getting the books balanced.
In other Board news:
• CJSHS Assistant Principal Matt Widenhoefer presented CJSHS Guidance Counselor Jodi Metzger as the “Teacher of the Month.” CJSHS English Teacher Stacie Sims described Metzger as having a “calm presence,” while Assistant Principal Andrew Deming said Metzger “performs her duties with passion and dedication to her students, staff and parents.” Metzger will take a maternity leave from February 21 through May 12, 2012. During this time, Social Studies Teacher Breann Brown will take over Metzger’s duties. Brown has been working towards her counseling license and will use the experience towards her internship.
• The Board accepted several donations, including $400 from the Whitley County Community Foundation in the form of a HANDS grant. The money will be used to purchase a new yearbook camera. Michael and Robin McCormick donated $50 to the senior high academic superbowl team and the Dekko Foundation matched the grant. Also, Fort Wayne Orthopedics donated $500 to CJSHS for the purchase of “spirit wear” emblazoned with the FWO and CJSHS logos to be distributed to staff, community members and event workers.
• Earlier in the year, the Board voted to change the meeting time to 6:30 p.m. in an attempt to increase community attendance at meetings. Board member Cathy Petrie, who was opposed to the change, asked to revisit the issue at Monday’s meeting and pointed out that attendance has not increased. With further discussion, Board meetings will most likely be moved back to 7 p.m. at the beginning of 2012.
The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board room of the SGCS Administrative Building.