SGCS Board fills vacant positions

After appointing new members, the Board completed the yearly reorganization of positions and appointments. Cathy Petrie will continue her duties as School Board President, while Nick Uecker will serve as Vice President and Tanya Young as Secretary.

Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey then recommended conducting one regular Board meeting per month rather than two. Bailey gathered input from surrounding districts of comparable size that hold one meeting per month and they all highly recommended the schedule. The Board approved conducting a regular meeting on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., with the opportunity to call a special meeting if needed.

The Board also approved their annual salary of $2,000. Tanya Young said that they are the lowest paid Board in the State of Indiana and she would like to eventually take a look at the salary amount for future Boards.

In other Board news:

• CES Principal Shellie Miller presented second grade student Malliyah Sievers as the Spotlight on Success student of the month. Malliyah was honored for demonstrating the character pillar of caring in and out of the classroom. “She is a responsible and caring young lady,” Miller said, “She goes out of her way to be kind and is always looking for ways to help.”

• The Board accepted Lee Etzler’s letter of resignation as Head Football coach at CHS, effective immediately.

“I commend Mr. Etzler for his effort here as a football coach and I am impressed with his years here and the amount of wins,” Board President Cathy Petrie said.

“But the most important part of [Etzler’s] program is taking boys and making them accountable as young men.”

“I’m a big Lee Etzler fan,” Board member Tanya Young said. “He raised the standards of the athletic programs and impacted other coaches…I’m interested in his ideas to sustain the program.”

Etzler will continue to teach at CJSHS.

• Second grade teacher Pat Naragon and CJSHS math teacher Diane Zolman submitted letters of retirement effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

• A special Board meeting will be held on Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m. to officially hire a new superintendent. Former CHS Athletic Director Galen Mast has been chosen for the position.

The next regular scheduled School Board meeting will be Monday, January 21 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administrative Building.

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