By Valerie Werkmeister
Some MSD of North Posey teachers who do their best in the classroom will reap the benefits of their hard work in the form of cold, hard cash. Thanks to the award from the Indiana Department of Education, an Indiana’s Excellence in Performance for Teacher’s grant, North Posey is set to receive $240,000. Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp made the announcement that the district had received the award during the board meeting, Monday, January 14.
Teachers who are given the designation of “effective” or “highly effective” on their evaluations will receive a special cash award at the end of this school year. North Posey is one of 40 other schools who received the grant.
Another exciting announcement was the opening of the new clinic for district personnel use. Employees who currently receive health insurance through the school district will be allowed to visit the clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Administrators are hopeful to see a reduction in health insurance premiums, teacher absenteeism due to illness and healthier employees through utilization of the clinic.
Currently, district personnel who do not take health insurance through the corporation are not eligible to visit the health clinic. Administrators stated they hope to open this option in the future.
As is customary during the first meeting of the New Year, board members conducted elections for new officers. Stephen Bender was chosen as the new board president, replacing Joe Neidig. Neidig will serve as vice president, Linda O’Riskey was re-elected as board secretary.
Carol Lupfer was reappointed as the corporation treasurer and Jayme Bender will continue as the deputy treasurer. William H. Bender will continue as the school board attorney.
Stephen Bender was nominated to serve on the board of finance with Geoff Gentil appointed as president and James Scarafia appointed as treasurer.
In addition, Gentil will also serve as the board’s policy liaison and Neidig will serve as the legislative liaison.
The board voted to keep their current compensation package without any increase. They currently receive $2,000 per year with an additional $100 per meeting with 12 total meetings making the total salary $3,200 per year.
Steve Bender, Gentil, Neidig and O’Risky all signed conflict of interest statements.
A K-6 reading textbook committee was approved for both North (NE) and South Terrace Elementary Schools (STES). The committee includes seven teachers from each school, one per grade level. The committee members are scheduled to attend a workshop on February 5, in Huntingburg to review potential books. Their recommendations will be presented later to the parent committees for a final decision.
In other business, the board approved:
•A renewal contract for the corporation office with TDS for a three-year agreement at $200 per month for long distance service.
• Camp’s recommendation to hire SWAT pest control for the district’s pest and termite control.
• Brandon Barrett’s request to host the third annual Valhalla 5K Run/Walk on March 9. All proceeds will benefit the high school athletic department.
• Gary Gentil’s request to host softball camps for girls’ ages nine to 14 on February 19 and 21, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Girls’ ages six to eight are scheduled for February 20, also from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
• A request from Mike Wassmer to take approximately 50 high school FFA students to the Louisville National Farm Machinery Show on February 13.
• A request by Marilyn Rogers to take the physics, calculus and AP English classes to Chicago for their annual trip scheduled March 16-19. They will visit the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Fermi lab, Hancock Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry.
• A facility-use request from the Wadesville-Blairsville Regional Sewer District to use the South Terrace library on February 21, March 14, April 16, and May 21 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
• A request from NE principal, Terri Waugaman to hire Eric Fisher and Karen Bippus as instructional assistants for the Title 1 program.
• A request by NPHS principal Scott Strieter to hire Craig Wilderman to sponsor and direct the spring musical/play. In addition, Amy Moore and Scott Schmitt will also work with Wilderman.
• A request by Gary Gentil to hire Jordan Redman and Kevin Wassmer as volunteer coaches for the softball team.
• FMLA requests from JoBerta Campbell and Leah Weber.
The next regular board meeting will be held on February 11, at 7 p.m. at STES.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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