By Lois Mittino Gray
It’s summer vacation for schools and that means the race is on to complete capital improvement projects before they reopen for business. Members of the Mount Vernon School Board learned that work started on two major projects right on their June 2 meeting day.
School Superintendent Dr. Tom Kopatich told members he was ‘wowed’ by how much the work crews completed in just that one day. Work on replacing the high school gymnasium bleachers, replastering walls, and installing better handrails began with one side of the bleachers in the gym already removed and floors taped up to preserve the wood.
Work was also done on the end zones of the track. The main oval will be repaired after the Relay for Life uses it on the weekend. School Board President Beth McFadin Higgins said, “They are on a strict timeline, a mission. Look at our opening dates.”
With that in mind, Kopatich announced that school offices will soon close for the secretaries and aides. “Someome will always be around, but administrators may be working elsewhere and not in their offices,” he said. “The only week we truly close is July 4.” The high school office will reopen on July 21, junior high on July 28 and elementary offices on July 29. Kopatich suggested waiting until those dates to enroll new students.
Another summer concern is whether to change the flashing light zones at Marrs and Farmersville Elementary Schools since school is not in session at the morning or afternoon times. “The state makes this decision, not us,” Higgins explained.
“We will check on the issue. They might not want to change it as people may get out of the habit of slowing downight If a person does get a speeding ticket, ‘we don’t get any of the money,’” she joked.
Personnel matters were a hot topic. Elizabeth K. Johns was hired to replace David Frye as the Principal of Farmersville Elementary School. She has been principal of Highland Elementary School in Evansville since 2005. Prior to that, she was principal at Tekoppel School and also worked at Vogel and Highland in Evansville. She and her husband plan to relocate in Mount Vernon.
Jacquelyn Maier was hired to replace Fran Wood-Osborne as Director of Special Education for Posey County Special Services. She has taught special education at both elementary and secondary levels for 22 years with the district. John D. Hubbard replaces Timothy Alcorn at Mount Vernon Junior High teaching social studies. He taught social studies in Albion, Ill., and served as the senior military science instructor in the army ROTC Program at USI since 2009. W. Byron Sanders moved up from girls’ assistant basketball coach to head coach at the senior high. The Bristol Myers retiree replaces Steve Mitchell.
Resignations were accepted from Marlene Clark as a food service worker and Eric Stemple as assistant high school football coach. Girls’ team sport coaches who are resigning are Keely Hoehn, Leigh Ann Latshaw, Jacquelyn Mayer and Luke Pyle.
Amanda McMillian was given permission to travel to present a speech at the eRevolutionTechnology Seminar in Evansville. FFA Sponsor David Ries and ag students will travel to Indianapolis for the FFA State Convention on June 15-19. The board allowed students permission to travel on a Sunday.
Horace Greathouse was presented a plaque for fifty years as a bus driver with the district. He is now retiring and expressed his pride in working for Mount Vernon school district.
The next board meeting is slated for Monday, June 16 at 5:45 p.m., in the Mount Vernon Junior High School library.
By Lois Mittino Gray