By Valerie Werkmeister
The North Posey community is reeling from the news that beloved high school football coach, Carl Joe Gengelbach, will retire at the end of the school year, after 44 years of service. He wasn’t the only long-time teacher to turn in his retirement request in to school board members. Four long-time North Elementary School teachers will also leave at the end of the school year. They are following in Donna Nash’s footsteps, who retired in December.
MSD of North Posey School Board members approved retirement requests from Susie Crawford, Gerri Wagner, Mary Ann White and Karen Davis. Crawford has taught for 17 years, Wagner has taught for 35 years, White and Davis have both taught for 38 years. The loss of these experienced teachers will surely be felt in the elementary school.
The board agreed to forge ahead with a large purchase of new technology for the school district, per Eric Long’s request. The district’s computer coordinator recommended the purchase of 75 computer stations for K-8 teachers’ utilization. The total cost is $75,915. Their current machines will not go to waste. They will be tailored for student use in the classroom. Currently, those older computers range in age from five to eight years old.
In addition, the board approved a three-year lease price of nearly $40,000 for four mobile computer labs with 30 stations per cart. Each school within the district is slated to receive one cart. This will be South Terrace’s first mobile lab while the other schools will now have two.
Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp presented an overview of three large projects board members are considering. He showed finalized drawings for the new three-bay bus garage, the 1,200 square foot expansion at the corporation office and a new high school roof.
The current bus garage is in poor condition and needs to be demolished. The new garage will have enough room for a wash bay, pit and long-term bus repair as well as an office and restroom area.
The corporation office expansion will add office space on the main floor for the three employees currently working in the basement. The board room will also be expanded. The projects will go out for bid this month.
Sheryl Seib addressed the board on behalf of the Posey County Farm Bureau, Inc. regarding agriculture education. Her organization would like to see an Introduction to Agriculture course be a requirement in junior high curriculum. She stated current high school FFA members said it would have been helpful while making choices regarding future classes in high school. Camp will examine this possibility during future curriculum review.
Board members heard a presentation from high school history teacher, Brandon Barrett and student Jacob Goedde regarding their recent trip to Washington, D.C. The trip was a success and Barrett hopes to plan other future trips to historical sites.
In other business, the board approved:
•Requests from Carol Lupfer, corporation treasurer and Lori Lingafelter, corporation ECA treasurer to cancel outstanding checks that have been unpaid for two years.
•A request by NPJH principal, Steve Kavanaugh, to spend $800 in extracurricular funds to purchase equipment for the weight room from Otis Meredith. The school corporation will reimburse Kavanagh for this purchase.
•Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp’s request to override last month’s decision to contract with SWAT Pest Control. Instead, the school district will remain with Action Pest Control.
•Camp’s request to purchase two new International buses at a cost of $178,446.72 from Midwest Transit. This includes a trade-in of $6,200 for two existing buses.
•Natalie Barnard’s request to take the Anatomy and Physiology students to Louisville, KY on February 19 to visit the Kentucky Science Center. They will see the Body Worlds Exhibit.
•Jennifer Neidig’s request to take the BPA students to Indianapolis to compete in the State Leadership Conference March 10-12.
•Shannon Schickel and Pam Schmitt’s request to take the high school and junior high student council members to the State Council Representatives Assembly in Indianapolis March 11-12.
•Schickel’s request for the high school student council to use the main high school gym to host a dance marathon on March 8, from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. to benefit Riley Hospital for Children. It will serve as a service organization project for the council.
•Kelly Carlton’s request to use the high school auditorium for the annual South Terrace Talent Show on April 11-12.
•Purdue University’s request to use the high school auditorium on April 19 for the Posey County 4-H Talent Show.
•Jennifer Collin’s request to use the main gym and foyer on April 20 for the Next Step Cheer Expo.
•Schickel’s request to resign as the eighth grade volleyball coach effective immediately.
•Brandon Barrett’s request to have Ashley Alvey as a volunteer assistant girls’ tennis coach.
•Stacy Ahrens personal leave request March 11-13.
•Timothey Morrow’s intermittent FMLA request over the next 12-weeks. This was approved pending his submission of the proper documentation.
The next school board meeting will be on Monday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the corporation office.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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