By Valerie Werkmeister
A large gathering of new personnel filled North Posey’s corporation office during their August 13, meeting as new teachers and staff were introduced to school board members. Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp stated that over half of the district was comprised of new personnel. It has become an annual tradition for the board to welcome new teachers and staff and meet each one.
After meeting the new employees, many new-hires were approved that evening. Angela Wannemuehler will assume the new role as the Director of Curriculum, Assessments and Special Programs. Haleigh Thomas will be the new speech and language pathologist for North Elementary and South Terrace Elementary School.
New faces at the high school will include Samual Alderfer as the chemistry teacher and Amy Root as the freshmen volleyball coach. Megan Redman will serve as a volunteer coach. Jacob Melliff was hired as the assistant wrestling coach. The board also approved high school principal Scott Strieter’s request to transfer Lauren Akin from the science department to the math department. In addition, Strieter’s request to transfer Chris Barker from the high school special education department to the junior high history department was approved.
In the junior high, Ashley Grimes was chosen as the new volleyball coach. Grimes will also serve as the new reading teacher at South Terrace. She replaces Tonja Beuligmann who resigned August 1. Stephanie Rhodes and Jessica South will split the stipend to serve as cheer coaches.
New North Elementary Principal, Terri Waugaman, recommended hiring Gail Alkire, Sarah Eckels and Susanne Renshaw as instructional assistants at the school. Her request was approved.
Resignations included: Paige Quade as the math teacher, assistant cheer coach and volleyball coach at the high school; Kristina Deters as the junior high history teacher; Krystle Roudebush as the junior high volleyball and track coach; Heather Bailey as the junior high cheer coach and Kevin Gengelbach as the high school head track coach.
Health insurance benefits may improve as a new agreement with Anthem was approved. Welborn Health Plans will dissolve at the end of this year. The new rate with Anthem is approximately $200,000 less than the current premium rate with Welborn. A one-time reimbursement will be returned to the employees due to the decrease in premiums. The new insurance will go into effect September 1 and end August 31, 2013.
In continuation with the trend to save employees time and money in regards to their health, school board members recently approved the addition of a wellness clinic. Employees will be able to utilize the local clinic instead of enduring a drive to Evansville to seek medical attention. An off-site, centrally located building and property was approved with a purchase price of $98,500 during last Monday’s meeting.
The building, at 4922A Highway 165 in Wadesville is owned by Tracy and Leighann Stroud and was most recently known as Hair Performance Salon. The 1,000 square foot facility will be remodeled and hopefully operational by December 1.
In other business, the board approved:
•A request by Camp to advertise the 2013 budget in local newspapers. A special budget hearing will be held August 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the corporation office.
•A request by NPJH Principal Steve Kavanaugh to spend approximately $500 in Extracurricular Funds (ECA) to purchase a refrigerator.
•A facility use request by St. Francis Catholic Church Relay for Life Team Captain, Jeri Ziliak, to use North Elementary on November 16 and 17 for the annual Christmas bazaar.
•A request for the ECA treasurers at the elementary and high school to attend an accounting seminar in Terre Haute on September 13.
•A professional leave request for Sandy Horn, Melissa Mahrenholz and Kathy Petrig to attend a special education teacher meeting on August 21.
The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the corporation office.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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