Upgrades slated for North Posey

By Valerie Werkmeister
MSD of North Posey Board members approved a ‘honey-do’ list of capital projects that would make even the most ambitious of husbands tired just by reading it. Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp read the list to school board members during their meeting last Monday, March 10.
The list includes: the removal of the former bus garage, re-paving the North Elementary School (NES) parking lot, patching the parking lot at the junior high, creating a road to the field house at the high school, installing a new dishwasher at South Terrace Elementary School (STES), purchasing new steam tables for each of the school cafeterias, remodeling the NES bathrooms, purchasing and replacing both student and teacher desks at various locations throughout the district, the completion of fence installation at the high school, purchasing a new mower and declaring another as surplus, upgrading the technology in five labs throughout the district, upgrading 120 computers to Windows 8, the installation of Office 365 and purchasing one new bus.
Camp stated the bus purchase will cost $90,000 and be paid out of the bus replacement fund. The total cost for the remaining projects is $504,000 and will be paid out of the capital projects fund.
Dr. Angie Wannemuehler reported the results of a district-wide survey given to all certified and non-certified staff in regards to opinions on how to make-up the most recent snow day, from March 3. While some neighboring school districts decided to extend their school day by one hour each day for six days, staff at North Posey overwhelmingly voted to go to school on Good Friday instead.
The board approved the make-up day and school will now be in session on the following snow make-up days: April 18 and 21 and May 22 and 23. The last day of school will be May 23.
Camp requested permission to offer summer school courses at each school. A minimum of 15 students will be required to enroll in order for the classes to be held. Reading will be offered for first through third grade students in two sessions. The first session will be held at the beginning of summer vacation for a period of three weeks. The second session will be held three weeks prior to the new school year.
Courses offered at the high school include English 9-12, United States Government, Algebra 1, Advanced Concert Band and Supervised Agricultural Experience. Language Arts and Math will be offered at the junior high.
In other business, the board approved the following:
• A facility use request from Girl Scout Troop 346 to use the South Terrace Elementary School (STES) gym on March 11, April 16 and May 14 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
• A facility use request from Cub Scout Pack 387 to use the North Elementary School gym on April 3, from 6 – 8 p.m.
• A request by STES to use the high school auditorium for their annual talent show on April 3 and April 4, and again on May 15, from their annual spring concert.
• A request by varsity volleyball coach, Natalie Barnard, to use the high school gym on July 14-17 and July 21-24 for volleyball camps. In addition, a pre-season volleyball tournament will be held on July 26.
• A request by Jennifer Neidig to take 10 Business Professionals of America students to the Indiana State Leadership conference in Indianapolis on March 16-18.
• A request by Marilyn Rogers and Natalie Barnard to take 15 Health Occupations Students of America to compete in the Indiana State Leadership Conference in Indianapolis on April 14-16.
• A request by Stacy Ahrens to resign as a cafeteria worker in the high school. She was replaced by Jody Danhauer.
• A request by Dr. Scott Strieter to hire Elizabeth Hall as an assistant high school track coach.
• An FMLA request from Barb Heldt and Brandon Barrett.
• Darrick Wiggins’ request to have Sam Patton, Cooper Martin, Tom Carl, Danny Embrey, Damian Word and Josh Stoneberger as volunteer baseball coaches for the upcoming season.
• Lauren Baumgart’s request to have Ashley Alvey, Brandon Barrett and Robert Akin as volunteer girls’ tennis coaches for the upcoming season. In addition, Tom Brown will serve as a volunteer coach for the junior high feeder league girls’ tennis program. Stephanie Brown and Eric Renshaw will assist him.
• Danielle Ritter’s request to use leave days from March 14-20.
• Kelly Carlton’s request to declare the Minolta Dialta DI450 copier as surplus.
• The board commended the efforts of Brandon Barrett who organized the fourth annual Valhalla 5K Run/Walk on March 8. There were a total of 151 participants, which was an increase of 36 from last year. Approximately $5,000 in proceeds from the race will be donated to the high school athletics program.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the corporation office.

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