By Valerie Werkmeister.
North Posey School Board members voted to make a positive change toward their employees’ good health with their approval of a two-year agreement with Tri-State Community Clinic on June 11. The board heard many benefits of having a health clinic through a committee that was formed following a major increase in the school’s health insurance.
North Posey School Supt. Todd Camp stated he believes that having a clinic would improve the attendance for the staff, as the amount of time required away from the classroom to see a doctor in Evansville would be reduced. He also hopes it will encourage employees to lead a healthy lifestyle. They will need to locate a building off site that is easily accessible for all employees. Camp stated he hopes to have the clinic open three days per week by the end of this year.
Employees who have the school insurance will be able to visit the clinic at no charge, as the MSD of North Posey will be footing the bill. Board members are working with clinic officials to determine the annual cost, whether a physician or nurse practitioner will staff the clinic and whether employees who do not take part in the school insurance will be required to pay a small co-pay.
Another major announcement came as the board approved the agreement to transfer the New Harmony school building to the Town of New Harmony.
Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp’s contract was approved through the 2014-2015 school year, with an $1,800 stipend and a $1,000 increase bringing his current salary to $112,500.
The purchase of two new John Deere Z950 mowers with a mulching deck and other apparatus was approved. A list of other equipment will be traded in making the ticket price for both mowers at $9,800.
Sewer problems are plaguing South Terrace Elementary School. Camp requested permission to move forward with advertising for bids and then awarding the project to the best candidate. The board felt it was necessary for Camp to move forward on this project rather than wait until July meeting.
North Elementary has a new principal. The board approved Camp’s recommendation to hire Theresa Waugaman on a two-year contract. She will receive a salary of $72,000 the first year and it will increase to $74,500 the second year.
Waugaman comes from an administrative position at Longfellow Elementary School in Gary, Ind. She has been working as a Title 1 facilitator, literacy coach and professional development coordinator since 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1997, her master’s degree in general education in 2000 and a master’s in administration and supervision in 2002. She has held various teaching positions in kindergarten through sixth grades since 1997.
She and her husband, Todd, have a son also named Todd who will be entering fourth grade in the fall. Her father will also join the family in their move south.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity and I look forward to getting acquainted with the community,” Waugaman said.
In other business, the board approved:
• A one-time $500 stipend for the central office staff due to an increased work load and large projects.
• Camp’s request to advertise for a $400 additional appropriation in the rainy day fund. Camp stated he didn’t anticipate there would be a need to utilize these funds on current summer projects, but felt it would be necessary to have them in place just in case.
• Nancy Dougan’s request to take the entire cafeteria staff to a workshop in Huntingburg.
• Camp’s recommendation to purchase testing materials from Renaissance Learning. The additional materials and tests will incur an annual cost of $11,000-$12,000.
• High School principal Scott Strieter’s request to have new student registration and book rental dates set on August 7 – 13.
• Jenna Denstorff’s resignation as a junior high math teacher
• Matt Wadsworth’s resignation as a business teacher and boys basketball coach at the high school.
• Tiffany Piotrowski’s resignation as a teacher’s aide
• Rob Deters resignation as a high school math teacher.
• Judy Christmas’ retirement after 23 years as a bus driver for New Harmony and 15 years as a custodian for North Posey.
• An honorable reduction in force for Amanda Pruitt as a hearing impaired instructor, due to a lack of need.
• Madonna Muensterman as a bus driver on the third route in New Harmony.
• Danielle Ritter as a special education teacher’s aide.
• Tabitha Sower and Jenny Wiggins as Title 1 instructional aides at North Elementary.
• Shalane Enlow as a kindergarten teacher at South Terrace.
• Katie Beste, Donna Swallows, Drew Duckworth and Nicole Flannery as instructional assistants at South Terrace.
• Heath Howington as the new business teacher and high school varsity boys’ basketball coach.
• Krystle Pharr as the new activity director at the junior high.
• Dylan Krohn and Jenna Beuligmann as volunteer assistant tennis coaches.
• Vince McClure as a volunteer high school boys’ basketball coach.
The next regular school board meeting will be on Monday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the central office.
By Valerie Werkmeister.
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