Bartrom is a Huntington native who previously worked as a field examiner for the State Board of Accounts. She will begin her work at SG on February 15 with an annual salary of $60,000.
In other Board news:
• CES Music Teacher Sue Lough gave a presentation about Passport to Music, a program she created and shares with her fifth grade music students. Lough had the opportunity to present the program to 110 teachers at a convention on January 23. Lough said the program presents multicultural music in an authentic way and makes natural connections across curriculum standards, including Music, Social Studies and Language Arts. Students travel to the country via maps and Google Earth, hear native songs, learn native dances, learn musical concepts, compare and contrast different versions of a native song and then reflect on what they learned and experienced.
“My role is to teach the curriculum,” Lough said, “and the songs are my tools.”
• CMS Principal John Davis presented 6th grade student Jordan Bates as the Spotlight on Success. Jordan won the 2009-2010 CMS Spelling Bee. He is active in football, wresting and his Awana group at church. Jordan is the son of Tammy Hoppas and Aaron Bates.
• Davis also presented Rod Strayer as the Teacher of the Month. Davis said it was a privilege to honor Strayer, whom he has become friends with over the years through their involvements in various activities. Strayer, who has been with Smith-Green for 24 years, sponsors the middle school academic Science team and frequently MCs for school activities. He has been a presenter at the National Middle School Conference and was a nominee for the State Teacher of the Year Award.
“Rod is a go-to guy for the school,” Davis said. “If you need help, Rod will do it if asked. I commend Rod as an exemplary middle school teacher and a prime example of what is good at Churubusco Middle School. He is a long time colleague and a good friend.”
• The Board unanimously approved Paul Sade for employment as a CMS Substitute Teacher to fill the vacancy during Elizabeth Phillips’ maternity leave, beginning February 2 and running through April 1, 2010.
• Superintendent Steve Darnell recommended that the Board direct the Whitley County Community Foundation to use the Paul Muller pass-through account at the Foundation for purchase of a splash pad and use any remaining funds for annual maintenance and upkeep as needed and as directed by the Community Foundation. With the Board’s unanimous approval, the school will no longer have responsibility over the money and the Pool Committee will be able to proceed to build the proposed splash pad. In addition, the Whitley County Community Foundation will become the responsible entity for using the remaining funds in the account once the splash pad is constructed.
• The Board established August 15, rather than August 1, as the cut-off date for accepting non-resident student transfer requests.
• Superintendent Darnell presented a plan for capital projects expenditures based on conversations held during the Board/Administrator Retreat held on January 21.
Projects were assigned to designated funds that reflect the legal expenditure accounts for the type of project, and priority that has been placed on each project.
Some projects will be completed up to the identified budget amount for the project, Darnell said, and most projects will be completed when school is out for the summer to reduce distraction of learning for students.
The Board found that proposed projects in the Technology, Building Acquisition/Construction Improvement and Food Service funds were at or below the approved and available CPF budget; however, the cost of the proposed Mobile and Fixed Equipment projects exceeded the available amount. For this reason, a few of the lower-priority projects may be put on the back burner.
After some discussion, the Board unanimously approved the 2010 Capital Projects Plan as submitted, using noted priority of projects, and without exceeding the dollar amounts available in the accounts as stated: Technology–$188,000; Building Acquisition/Construction Improvement–$242,000; Mobile and Fixed Equipment–$229,015; Food Services–$50,000.
The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in the Administrative Annex.