School board makes staff changes as new year gets started

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The Switzerland County School Board met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday night, and as the 2008-2009 school year gets underway, the board dealt with some staffing changes.

Agriculture teacher Kyle Weaver’s resignation was accepted by the board, as he will assume duties as an assistant principal in Madison. To replace him, the school board on Monday night hired agriculture teacher Melissa Andrew.

The school board also approved the temporary employment of consumer education teacher Sunshine Hartwell; and also approved teacher Brian Godsey’s leave of absence request. Angela Grubbs was approved to teach an “A+ Technology” class at the high school; and the resignation of high school math teacher Michael Crussel was also approved.

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In other business discussed by the school board:

– The snow removal bid submitted by Works Excavating was approved.

– The school board accepted the donation of a memorial bench and a tree that was planted by the Switzerland County Elementary School PTO. It was also announced that the PTO will sponsor a Walk-A-Thon fundraiser on September 12th.

– The board officially approved a contract with the Switzerland County YMCA, pending funding approval from the Switzerland County School Endowment Corporation. The contract is for $32,500.

– Darrell Hansel and the school corporation have agreed on a consulting agreement contract for him to serve as the Title I Coordinator.

– Corporation treasurer Wilma Swango was approved as the contact person for the school’s insurance company.

– Endowment requests were heard and approved for consideration by the endowment board. Among those requests was the approval for collectable practice uniforms by high school varsity basketball coaches Wayne Ellegood and Brian Bowen.

– The school corporation’s Education Plan had its first reading.

– In use of facilities requests, Gayla Bullock was approved to use the high school cafeteria ovens for serving the Vevay High School alumni dinner on August 23rd.

– High school teacher Bonnie Fancher was approved to take her environmental science class on a field trip to Cincinnati for a visit to the ORSANCO floating classroom.

– In announcements: the Switzerland County FFA chapter again ranks in the top 10-percent in the nation; and will undergo an evaluation for national awards at the FFA National Convention being held in Indianapolis on October 22nd-23rd.

The next meeting of the Switzerland County Endowment Corporation will be on Tuesday, August 26th.

There will be a special school board meeting on Thursday, September 4th, to officially approve the 2009 budget.

The next meeting of the school board will be on Monday, September 15th, at the administrative offices on Seminary Street.