By Valerie Werkmeister
It’s not every day that someone gets to come in contact with a bearded dragon, but students at North Posey High School do.
The reptile is a class pet in Marilyn Rogers classroom. He is used to demonstrate what a cold-blooded animal is like. Students also learn about the molting process. Recently, members of the MSD of North Posey School Board updated and revised a number of policies. As a result of the update, Rogers initiated a request to keep the animal within her classroom. The board obliged and Rogers’ request was approved during their September 10, meeting.
The board approved all of the budget forms and resolutions pertaining to the 2013 budget. The advertised budget estimate for the rainy day fund is $800,000; General fund – $9,009,030; Debt Service – $986,916; School Pension Debt – $356,385; Capital Projects – $2,253,910; Transportation – $1,421,815; Bus Replacement Plan – $249,128. The total estimated budget amount is $15,077,184.
The approved resolutions included: Resolution for Appropriations and Tax Rate, Resolution to Adopt 2013 Bus Replacement Plan, Resolution to Adopt 2013 Capital Projects Fund Plan, Tax Neutrality Resolution, HB 1192 Resolution, Resolution for Fall Budget Hearing, and 2013 Budget Transfer Resolution.
In other business, the board approved:
•Camp’s recommendation to accept the new life insurance and long-term disability rates from Dearborn National.
•The PL221 school improvement plans that are required by law.
•The Poseyville Kiwanis’ facility use request for North Elementary parking lot and playground during Autumnfest on September 29 and 30.
•A request by Nicholas Berry to apply for a $3,500 grant through the Posey County Community Foundation. If he is awarded the grant, he will use the funds to increase technology in the special education department.
•a request by Mike Wassmer to declare an old and unused band saw as surplus.
•Dr. Scott Strieter’s request to hire Mike Kuhn as the high school boys’ head track coach and Leesa Kuhn as the assistant coach.
•Kelly Carlton’s request to hire Jennifer Beshears and Christine Grider’s as instructional aides at South Terrace Elementary School (STES).
•Terri Waugaman’s request to hire Kristina Griffin as an instructional aide at North Elementary School (NES).
•High school English teacher, Diane Smith’s, retirement request effective at the end of the school year. Smith has served as a teacher at North Posey for 44 years.
•Waugaman’s request to hire Sarah Eckels and Susan Henze as Spell Bowl coaches at NES. They will split the stipend 50/50.
•Lisa Brandenstein’s resignation request as the fifth and sixth grade girls’ basketball coach.
•Wassmer’s request to take 11 students on an overnight trip to attend the National FFA Conference in Indianapolis on October 24 – 27.
•The annual contract with Vanguard for fire and safety testing and maintenance in all corporation buildings. The annual cost will be $5,995.
•A request by Cub Scout Pack 390 to hold monthly meetings at STES.
•A request by North Posey Relay for Life to use NES on September 23 from 1 – 4 p.m. The group was also given permission to use the high school for the annual Relay for Life event on June 8-9, 2013.
•The Wadesville-Blairsville Regional Sewer Board to use STES for a meeting on December 18, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the corporation office. It is being held on a Tuesday due to Fall Break on Monday.
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