Teacher Recognition

Smith Green School Board approves funding for DI trip using license plate monies

by Katie Wagner


Two Churubusco Destination ImagiNation teams will attend the Global DI competition—and the funding is thanks in part to citizens who choose to buy an education license plate. 

Superintendent Steve Darnell told the Board about the “Committed to Education” license plate—any person who chooses to purchase the plate can designate the $25 group fee to the school corporation of his or her choice. Darnell encourages Indiana residents to buy the plate and designate the money to Smith-Green (#8625). The Corporation currently has $3000 in the General Fund from the purchase of the Committed to Education license plate. 

At the meeting Monday night, Board member Rick Trump recommended that the Board designate $500 per DI team out of the state license plate funds received, totaling $1000 toward transportation for the DI Global trip. Trump said he recommended starting out with a $500 per group designation so as not to set a large precedent in coming years in case the license plate fund does not grow as projected. 

The Board will use the Committed to Education license plate money to help defray the cost of group competitions at the national level, such as Global DI and FFA. 

“The use of education license plate funds shows the community that the money they put in is going directly back to students,” Darnell said. The donation is tax deductible.  

The two DI teams will attend the Global competition from May 25 through May 30 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the University of Tennessee. 

In other Board news: 

The NEOLA Board Bylaws and Policies can now be accessed online by visiting the Corporation’s website: sgcs.k12.in.us/” sgcs.k12.in.us/, clicking on the “Board of School Trustees” tab and then clicking on the “Bylaws and Policies” link. 

Business Manager Todd Fleetwood noted that the cafeteria is still managing 156 accounts from students who have either graduated or transferred out of the school system, dating back to 1996. The accounts average $3, with a total of $500 outstanding. Cafeteria employee Elise Roth is working to contact individuals with outstanding accounts and hopes to close out the accounts by the end of the school year. 

The Board approved two projects which will be completed over the summer. The first project is the purchase and installation of a new sound system for the high school gym from ESCO Communications with a total cost of $26,222. The new system will include a new, portable amplifier, new speakers and new mixers. 

A second project is the purchase and installation of new lockers for the middle school. The current lockers were installed when the middle school was built in 1995. According to CMS Principal John Davis, the lockers have presented repeated problems since their installation due to the poor material quality.

CES Principal Nicole Singer researched options for new lockers and recommended DeBourgh Lockers from Lee Company because of their superior quality. Although the lockers cost more initially—$34,000 versus $17,000—Singer said the lockers should last 25 to 30 years—as opposed to ten years for the current type of lockers, thus saving in cost in the long run. 

The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

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