Thursday, August 19, 2010

Whitko School Board Meeting 16Aug10

Several new Whitko Community School employees attended a reception prior to the board meeting Monday, August 16. Pictured above are, in front, from left, Bruce Hansen and Annalise Puentes; middle row, Jill Eberly and Michelle Baker; in back, Brad Clark, Tim Misiora, Theresa Daggett and Rob McKerr. (Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

By TRSmith
Whitko school board members started Tuesday’s agenda with a special meeting to review the 2011 budget.
The $11,019,000 budget includes, as one part of its revenue source, a 12.5-cent tax levy, which would bring in $500,000, if the tax referendum is approved in the November 2 general election.
The budgeted amount is based on the district having 20 fewer total students than last year.
For the next 18 months the district will operate on $16,663,000.
The board approved advertising the proposed 2011 budget, as required.
At the start of the general meeting, superintendent Steve Clason said despite the announcement of $27 million in federal funds coming to Indiana for kindergarten through grade 12 education, the need for the referendum is still there.
Gov. Mitch Daniels has also announced that he did not expect any reductions in education funding, Clason said.
“It just depends on who you believe,” Clason said.
There will be a public meeting Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Whitko High School auditorium to discuss the upcoming referendum issue.
The board welcomed several new teachers to the district with a reception prior to the meetings.
High school principal Parrish Kruger introduced Tim Misora who will teach English and journalism; Brad Clark who will teach business vocational subjects, careers and PIC; Rob McKerr who will teach economics, government and social studies; and Theresa Daggett and Jill Eberly who are half-time teachers for family and consumer science and culinary arts.
Bruce Hansen was introduced as the interim principal at South Whitley Elementary School, a position he’s accepted for a year, as a consultant. Randy Miller declined the position August. 1.
Pierceton Elementary School principal Barb Ihnen introduced Michelle Baker as art instructor and Tricia Shoemaker as assistant music instructor.
Annalise Puentes was introduced as a special services teacher.
Kruger also announced that Trier Ford will conduct a Drive One For Your School program on Saturday September 18. For every test drive of a new Ford model, $20 will be given to the school in an area of the test driver’s choice. The event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Requests for scholarships to offset the $80 athletic fees are coming in, Kruger said. Students may practice without paying the fee, but not play.
“Some of our coaches are sponsoring players themselves,” Kruger said. “The majority of the funds raised from the golf scramble will go to scholarships this year.”
He said the Whitko Wildcat Booster golf scramble proceeds has gone to equipment maintenance in the past, with the equipment in good shape, the money will go toward athletic fees. There were 35 teams in this year’s golf event.
Ten teachers, who were released last year, have been offered contracts for the 2010-2011 school year: Jessica Nettrouer, Julie Klepinger, Lisa Shisler, Jen Bruce, Megan Downs, Kim Kelley, Jessica Long, Jami PeGan, Sabrina Waterfield and Crystal Zielasko.Other employment actions include: Angela Trump moving from PES to Whitko Middle School as health clerk; Leigh Froebe, hired as PES health clerk; Sharon Obregon, hired as PES preschool homebound assistant; Tonia Weigold, PES Title 1 assistant; Sue Paulus, part-time PES recess-cafeteria assistant; Hollie McKinney, part-time PES recess-cafeteria assistant; Heather Simon, PES resource assistant; and Courtney Whitney, PES temporary teacher during the leave of Crystal Zielasko.Emily Shearer resigned as family and consumer science - culinary arts teacher at WMS; Leslie Singer resigned as part-time PES Title 1 assistant; Becky Damron was discontinued as 504 health needs assistant at PES; Melissa Craig was discontinued as seventh grade volleyball coach and Caitlin Sautter was discontinued as WMS cheer sponsor.
In other business, the board:
• Appointed Donald Kenipe to the Pierceton-Washington Township Public Library Board;
• Approved participation in the Whitley County Transit Emergency Management Plan, which effectively opens the schools to the public for shelter during emergencies;
• Approved participation in the Friends Mentoring Program at SWES as presented by Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI);
• Granted permission to advertise for latch key services; andSupported a resolution to return to the Central Time Zone which would provide another hour of daylight in the mornings, as recommended by the Coalition for Central Time.The next school board meeting is one week earlier than normal, the second Monday of the month, September 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
School board members are Terry Eberly, Deb Collier, Roger Boggs, Cindy Kreger and Jorell Tucker.

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