Board members attend farewell meeting

Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey said he tried to talk both men into staying on the Board, and he described the Board as one of the best around due to each individual’s focus on what is best for the students.

Trump said it was a privilege to serve on the School Board and he said that the corporation currently has the best staff it has seen in several years.

Sturgis thanked the corporation and the community for the opportunity to serve.

The Board does not currently have a replacement for either Board seat and no community members showed interest in the position prior to the election.

In other Board news:

• SGCS Athletic Director Andy Wagner recognized the high school football coaching staff as the “Coaching Staff of the Month.” The football coaching staff includes: Lee Etzler, Zach Dock, Paul Sade, Clint Davis, Todd Lortie, Nate Wright, John Schmidt and Kyle Monk.

• CJSHS Principal Jim Folland recognized Ag teacher Phil Allen as the “Teacher of the Month.” Allen has reignited interest in the FFA program and has brought state and national recognition to the Churubusco chapter, according to CJSHS teacher Paul Sade, who nominated Allen.

• CJSHS teacher Breann Brown was also recognized as “Teacher of the Month” for her efforts with the Character Counts! program and the canned food drive.

• The administrators and staff surprised Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey with the distinction of “Employee of the Month.” The staff lovingly refers to Bailey as “Chief” and Folland said that it has been a pleasure having Bailey as the corporation’s leader, “one who demonstrates a positive attitude toward others as well as one who made difficult decisions in moving our school district in a positive direction. On behalf of the CJSHS staff,” Folland said, “I would like to personally thank you for sharing your talents and love for mankind with us. Our lives are richer because of you.”

• The Board accepted a $300 anonymous donation and a $500 donation from Robert and Judy Fleming for the Churubusco FFA Club, which will be used for travel expenses, chapter supplies and registration fees.

• Folland presented new courses and course changes and deletions for the 2013-14 school year. Folland said that he and CJSHS Guidance Director Jodi Metzger realized that CJSHS students were not properly prepared for college and career readiness and therefore worked to up the ante by offering in-house dual-credit courses in addition to several Advanced Placement courses.

The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administrative Building.

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