North Posey schools earn ‘A’ grade, re-elects officers

By Valerie Werkmeister
A new year often means changes, but not so for the MSD of North Posey. Board members met for their first meeting of the year on Monday, January 13, and voted to keep things status quo.
Stephen Bender will remain president, Joe Neidig continues as vice president; Linda O’Risky remains as secretary; Carol Lupfer will be the corporation treasurer and Jayme Bender will serve as the deputy treasurer and William H. Bender will continue as the corporation attorney.
Geoff Gentil will continue as the board’s policy liaison and Neidig will serve as the legislative liaison.
The board also chose to keep their compensation the same. Board members receive $2,000 annually and $100 per meeting for a maximum annual salary of $3,200 per year.
Conflict of interest statements were signed by Bender, Gentil, Neidig and O’Risky as they either have relatives employed by or companies that do business with the corporation.
Dr. Angie Wannemuehler informed board members of the districts’ recent accountability grades. All four North Posey schools received an ‘A’ ranking for students’ achievements on test scores. North Posey is one of only 27 other Indiana school districts to have received this designation.
Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp stated it is the second time in three years that North Posey has achieved this ranking. Board members expressed their appreciation for the hard work by teachers and students.
Danny Ellis discussed the outcome of a recent energy audit completed at South Terrace Elementary School. The audit was performed free of charge by Vectren as part of the Energizing Indiana initiative. All energy aspects of the school were evaluated and the school received many energy saving tools that will save the school money over the course of the year.
He explained a vending machine-miser was installed so that energy using components will automatically shut-off when it’s not in use will save $193 over the next year.
Smart-move power strips were placed on 66 computer monitors that are projected to save $1,300 annually. Thirty light sensors were also placed in storage rooms and the restrooms that could save the district $4,000 annually.
Overall, the audit results rated STES with a 95 out of 100 in its current energy efficiency usage. Board members were pleased to hear the results and that the school received many new energy efficient tools to further reduce costs.
In other business, the board approved the following:
• A resolution Plan of Constitution which changes board voting districts.
• Adding a provision to Dr. Camp’s contract qualifying him to receive health savings account contributions that all other employees receive if he chooses a high deductible insurance plan.
• A request by Marilyn Rogers to take the physics, calculus and AP English classes on the annual Chicago trip March 1-4. Students will visit Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, the Fermi Lab, the Hancock Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry.
• A request by Mike Wassmer to take 53 FFA students to the Louisville National Farm Machinery Show on February 12.
• A facility use request by the Wadesville-Blairsville Regional Sewer District to use the library at South Terrace Elementary School for monthly meetings the third Tuesday of each month.
• An agreement with American Appraisal for fixed asset accountability that will cost $1,120.
• Debra Whitfield’s request to use personal leave days to attend WorldStrides International teacher convention in Florence, Italy on February 13-17.
• Camp’s request to hire Frank Smith as the district School Resource Officer.
• North Elementary School (NES) principal, Terri Waugaman’s request to hire Courtney Wolf, Rochelle Belt and Susan Cooper as instructional assistants for the Title 1 program.
• Camp’s request to transfer Jenny Wiggins from a technology coordinator position to a technology teacher position at NES. She will develop new curriculum that will be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.
• Brad Miller’s request to add Joe Schmitt as a volunteer junior high wrestling coach.
• Kelly Trafton’s request to add Weston Whitehouse as a volunteer assistant director for the spring production at the high school.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, February 10, at the corporation office.

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