School construction postponed

Earlier in the meeting, Board member Rick Trump said one of the reasons the Board decided to pass up a real estate opportunity was due to higher construction costs for the proposed project. 

Realtor Jeff Schenher presented a real estate opportunity to the Board at a previous meeting and the Board submitted a $35,000 bid. After the owner countered with $40,000 the Board voted unanimously to withdraw the original offer and no longer pursue it.

Due to the postponement of construction, parking in the rear parking lot will still be available at the August 31 CHS football game.

In other Board news:

After a “critical recommendation” by a representative from Indiana Insurance earlier this year, the Board approved the purchase of a new pole vault pit pad from Richey Athletics for $14,000. The current pole vault padding is in ill-repair, and at over 15 years old, it no longer meets current standards. Business Manager Todd Fleetwood recommended that the funds come out of the emergency line within the Capital Projects Fund. The new pole vault pad has a ten-year warranty and has larger dimensions in anticipation of increased national standards. 

CJSHS Principal Jim Folland recognized several students and staff for their hard work and dedication. CJSHS students Morgan Beverly, Chandler Blake, Chandler Brown, Austin Boggess, Jessica Keener, Eric Kuzner, Jay Petrie, Jenna Shambaugh, Katie Shively, Amanda Martin and Joe Zumbrun were each recognized for earning a passing score on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam last school year. “Passing an AP exam is a worthy accomplishment and it is sound preparation for college,” Folland said. Folland also recognized the custodial staff as “Staff Members of the Month,” thanking each custodian for “making Churubusco Junior-Senior High School a clean, warm and safe environment for students, staff, parents and community.” Members of the custodial staff include: Wayne Krider, Harry Bingham, Gary Byrd, Lana Carrier, Dave Fletter, William Haber, Joel McConnell, Robin McGuire, Kameron Miller, Erin Sneary, Jeff Vandersaul and Tim Zeigler. Folland also recognized Trish Brooks, Jennifer Repp, Vanessa Wyss, Ben Moore and Amy Karacia as “Teachers of the Month” for their work to present technology to the other teachers during the summer.

Jeff Howell resigned his extracurricular position as CJSHS Assistant/JV Baseball Coach and Angie Glick resigned her extracurricular position with CJSHS S.A.D.D.

The Board approved Rachel Malcolm as an additional kindergarten teacher after the kindergarten enrollment numbers increased to 91 at CES. Malcolm completed her student teaching at CES in the fall of 2012 with Mary Mathieu. The Board also approved the employment of Rhonda Walters as a business teacher at CJSHS and the employment of Cindy Creighton as the SGCS Occupational Therapist, which is a non-certified position, at the hourly rate of $31 for approximately 4-7.5 hours per week. Creighton’s salary will be charged to the special education grant.

Athletic Director Andy Wagner gave the annual athletic program report for the 2011-12 school year. Wagner said he was excited to put the report together after getting to know the athletes last year. “All in all, it was a great season. The kids were excited, competed hard and did what the coaches asked of them.” Some notable highlights from the athletic year include the Varsity Football team’s first undefeated regular season (9-0) and Heather Monk’s All-State Status after placing 4th in the entire state on Indiana for Discus. Monk will soon have a spot on the Wall of Fame at CJSHS.

The Board approved the School Resource Officer (SRO) Agreement with the Town of Churubusco for the 2012-13 school year. Last year, Chad Fulkerson was present in the schools as an SRO in addition to completing his duties as the Town Marshal. The SRO will be paid $23.51 per hour with funds from the Safe Haven grant.

SGCS Director of Special Education Nancy Becker, CJSHS Principal Jim Folland and CES Principal Shellie Miller presented a report regarding ISTEP+ results. SGCS has improved on the ISTEP+ test each year in terms of the percent of students passing both English and math from 2009 through 2012. When compared to 19 other schools in Northeast Indiana, SGCS is ranked sixth in terms of percentage of students passing both subjects, and the district is ranked second out of six schools in Whitley and Noble Counties. Both the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and the percentage passing the exam(s) has increased significantly over the past six years. For example, in 2006, only 14 students took an AP exam and 6.4 percent passed an exam. In 2012, 64 students took an AP exam and 28 percent passed. 

With the ISTEP+ and AP data, Folland and Miller said they plan to create and implement quarterly assessments for grades 3-5 and triangulate the data to create remediation plans.

“This is a great starting point for the staff to look at the data and dive into the numbers to head in the right direction,” Folland said. 

The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Tuesday, September 4 at 7 p.m. in the Administrative Building. 

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