Handbook approved, Beitzel says keep music

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The Switzerland County School Board of Trustees approved the 2016-17 High School Handbook at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 18th in the school administration building.

Vice-president Katie Collier conducted the meeting after president Nancy Peters resigned a month earlier. A special meting to interview candidates for the position will be held today (Thursday.

The board gave medals to the Archery team members for competing in the World championships in Myrtle Beach.

Board member Jill Cord opened discussion on the handbook asking if marching band participation was tied to the student’s grade. It is not.

Principal Greg Goewert noted the drug policy encourages first time offenders to attend school events.

It’s another reason to say no.

Wayne Daugherty opened discussion of graduation recognition policy. Goewert noted he handbook is worded from last year’s school board minutes. There will be one speaker. The board voted 4-2 to approve with Collier, Cord, Joe Bennett and Josh Deck voting in favor and Daugherty and Bill Roberts voting no.

Tammy Beitzel received a gift for her service. She retired after 26 1/2 years with the band and music department.

She thanked band parents, students and her father for instilling her love of music. She has struggled two years. There have been many fond memories. It is a bittersweet day, she noted then begged the board to make sure they will always have a music program.

Bennett gave a facilities report noting the Jeff Craig renovation should be complete by July 25th. There were some concession stand issues and there was discussion about the old administration building being used for the alumni or historical society.

Cord reported an endowment balance of $414,000 with $1,662,000 long term investments and $541,000 in short term funds. The bylaws are being reviewed to see is the board needs its own attorney. The board will have a walk through of Jeff Craig on Tuesday, July 26th at 5 p.m.

Superintendent Mike Jones reported negotiations are underway with anther meeting planned for July 22nd.

The board approved a MOU with the Community Mental Health to have an in house counselor to help address issues. They agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Ivy Tech where students pay half of the tuition except for the welding program.

The board approved bonding of the extracurricular account secretary and a Go Solutions Indiana Service Agreement. The free and reduced lunch policy was approved and approval was given to sell an old bus to another community.

The board approved the creation of an attendance secretary position at Jeff-Craig Elementary. The cost is approximately $25,000 depending on benefits.

The board reviewed a staff evaluation form and approved a 21st Century consultant contract.

Transportation department changes included bus driver Ken Byars to route #30 (Kathy Williams route), Jean Little to route #32 to Byars route, Sarah Hemingway as bus monitor on the special needs route, Mickey Ray for the Blind and Deaf School route to Scottsburg and Lawrence Brown as full time pre-kindergarten and special needs route.

The board accepted the resignation of Veronica Buckler, middle school language arts and Sandra Bowling, Jeff Craig elementary nurse.

Debbie Rayles was approved as cafeteria secretary with Theresa Theetge named middle school cook but will work five hours a week helping custodians.

Molly Tunny was hired as a new elementary teacher. She had worked last school year.

Melissa Mullen was selected for the instructional elementary resource.

High school extracurricular activities approved for the 2016-17 school year, excluding spring sports, included: Janet Hendricks- coordinator and language arts; Donna Baker- fine arts art, music and Art Club; Barry Smith math; Emily Schroeder and Valerie Smith computer science, Michelle White social studies; Ron Harris and Harold Scranton- archery; Adam Dennis- boys basketball, Kyle Green, Mitch Hobson and Russell Wiggins- basketball assistants; Ashley Kitts- girls basketball, Corey Lay, Byran Putnam and Wayne Ellegood- assistant girls basketball.

Kodi Thayer and Natalie Wheeler- Business Professionals; Casie Jesop, Sydney Sefton, and Andrea Brogan- cheerleading; Bryan Putnam- freshman class sponsor, Russell Wiggins- sophomore class sponsor, Greg Curlin- junior class sponsor, Marla Edwards- senior class sponsor; Greg Curlin- concessions; Emily Schroeder- Conservation/Science Club; Kris Sandlin- cross country, Adam Cole- assistant cross country,

Department heads include: Kodi Thayer- Business, Shaun Holliday- Foreign Language, Donna Baker- Fine Arts, Kris Sandlin- Health/P.E., Barry Smith- Math, Valerie Smith- Science, Denny Jackson- Social Studies, Michelle Fox- Special Eduction, Greg Curlin- Vocational, Marla Edwards- Guidance.

Carrie Barwick- Drama Club, Casie Jesop- Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Greg Curlin and Ashley Wehner- FFA sponsors. Football head coach Ryan Jesop, head assistant Adam Pietrykowski, assistant Pat Pietrykowski, varsity assistants Matt Drake, Russell Wiggins, Bryan Putnam, Dustin Bentz.

Janet Hendricks- Hi Ability coordinator and Junior Historical Society, Michelle Hicks- Key Club, Jonathan Grice- Band and choir director, Jamie Slone- music band assistant, Lisa Craig- Flag Corps, Lisa Ridener- Dance, Rachel Gasser- band camp brass, Jamie Slone- band camp woodwinds, Brandon Griffith- Band Camp percussion, Valerie Smith- National Honor Society, Shaun Holliday- Outdoor Club, Casie Jesop- Pep Club, Adam Pietrykowski- SADD, Brian Grigsby- Boys Soccer, Mitch Hobson- Boys soccer assistant, Jeff Mullins- Girls Soccer, Tully Anderson- Girls Soccer assistant, Julee Sanabria- Spanish Club, Shaun Holliday- Student Council, Eric Cole- Swimming, Lora Cole- Swimming Assistant, Kodi Thayer- Volleyball,LeeAnna White and Lindsay Chandler- Volleyball assistants, Kris Sandlin- Wrestling, Donna Baker, Kodi Thayer- Yearbook.

Volunteers assistants approved included: Archery- Casey Jones, Lisa Scranton, Ben Howlett; Boys basketball- Jamie Darbro, Dave Hamilton, Austin Ames; Boys soccer- Cindy Grigsby, Brad Grigsby, Logan Todd; Cheerleading- Halie Gault; Football- Ron Lee, Bonnie Baur; Girls soccer- Jade Mullins; Girls golf- Rob Daugherty.

Middle School ECA approvals included: Harold Scranton and Ron Harris Archery; Stacy Streett and Amanda Cole- competitive Language Arts; RaheJean Griffin and Mark Boggs- Math/Science; Jonathan Grice- band; Mark Sharp- 6th boys basketball; Sean Cook- 8th boys basketball; Kaulene Green- girls 7th basketball, Gary Pavy- Girls 8th basketball, Pam Yates Builder’s Club, Angela Grubbs- BPA, Megan Griffin- cheerleading, Amanda Cole- 7th grade sponsor, Paul Hewitt/Becky Meyerhoff- 8th grade sponsors, Jonathan Grice- Concessions, Cross country- Kaulene Green, Becky Meyerhoff- Drama, Pam Yates Fellowship of Christian Students,Ashley Wehner- FFA, Darren Byrd- head MS football, Matt Levell- football co-head coach, Rob Maust football assistant; Brian Grigsby- Boys golf; Cindy Grigsby- Girls Golf; RaheJean Griffin- National Junior Honor Society, Courtney Dayadharum- Soccer,Lauren Haskell assistant soccer, RaheJean Griffin- Student Council, Regina Miles- Swimming, Amanda Alford- Boys track, Michelle Detmer- Girls track, Liz Conrad- assistant track, Jonathan Grice- Vocal, Jennifer South 6-7th volleyball, Lesa McGarvey- 8th volleyball, Mark Jackson Wrestling, Ryan Jesop- Yearbook, Allen Chase- Baseball, Kaulene Green and RaheJean Griffin- softball co-head coach, James Richards – wrestling volunteer, Matt Levell an Shane Griffin- volunteer baseball assistants, Dick Koeniger- volunteer football assistant.

The next board meeting will be July 27th at 6 p.m. for the appointment of a new board member and officers selected. A September open house will be planned at Jeff Craig.