First student day is August 15
JCD gets ready for new year

Wanda English Burnett

The construction project at Jac-Cen-Del has not deterred the maintenance and custodial staff from getting the building ready for the first day of school on August 15.

At the July meeting, the board of trustees recognized the custodial and maintenance staff. “Their ability to work as a team quickly and effectively to assist with construction is outstanding,” board members noted.

Newly elected board president Deanna Young thanked Bill Craddock, director of maintenance, for his extra efforts in his first month of employment as he dealt with the building project and change of personnel. She said she was excited about the new building project and middle school concept. Her word for her term as president is “believe”.

Orientation for kindergarten students and their parents is August 12 from 8:30 to 10:30 and from 12:30 to 2:30. During the sessions, the students and parents will be given a sample of the day's schedule and activities. Parents will be given suggestions on how to best help their child, according to Dr. Leanna Phillippe, principal for the elementary school. They will also be given a tour of the building. “Hopefully this will assist students and parents into the transition of full day, every day kindergarten,” noted Dr. Phillippe. Kindergarten students will not attend on August 15. Their first full day will be August 16.


Dr. Leanna Phillippe gave the report for the elementary school building. She noted that the ISTEP results continued to improve including special education students. Board member John Billman said he was extremely pleased that the ISTEP scores continue to improve. He said he felt that the accumulation of data helps with the understanding of the school’s progress and where improvements are needed.

The elementary school will focus on creating an atmosphere of Education Matters! “We will continue providing support for students and parents to be part of the school community,” noted Dr. Phillippe. She also gave other goals for the elementary students and staff.

Middle School:
The middle school report was given by Brian Fehribach, administrator. He shared the discipline report saying suspensions were on the decline. His hope is that expulsions will decline also in the coming school year.

Class sizes for the middle school will be 15 to 20 students. High school class size will be around 30 students per class. It was noted that small class sizes for the junior high are important to help with students’ involvement and success.

In the first semester of the school year, Mr. Fehribach will be spending time in the elementary school to get to know the sixth grade students before their transfer to the middle school (new building) in the second semester.

Superintendent’s report:
Dr. Bill Narwold gave important upcoming dates: August 3,4, and 5, registration and book rental; August 11, 12 staff orientation; August 15, first day for students and August 17 the next board meeting, which will be held in the middle school/high school at 6:30 p.m.

In other business:

• Supt. Narwold presented a plaque to outgoing board president Kathleen Dickman.

• Bill Roberts was elected as vice-president of the board, with Deanna Young being president.

• Paul Hardy was elected secretary.

• Lynaya Hess will remain treasurer with Pam Comer as deputy treasurer. Hess will be the recording secretary for the board meetings with Comer as alternate.

• Paul Hardy will be the legislative representative to serve as the delegate to the ISBA Fall Conference.

• School board meetings will continue to be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Jac-Cen-Del Elementary Library or the Jac-Cen-Del Middle/High School.

• The entire board will serve as the financial committee for 2011-2012.

• The board members shall receive a compensation of $2,000 per year as well as a supplement of $50.00 per meeting, not to exceed $2,600 per year.

• The superintendent will serve as the member of the board of managers for the Southeastern Career Center, the contact person representing the corporation for Title IX (sexual harassment, discrimination), to serve as the corporation section 504 coordinator and the principals to serve as coordinators for their respective buildings to address any concerns with handicaps of an employee or student.

• The superintendent was also recommended to be appointed the school representative to the Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Special Education Cooperative, the Wilson Center, and the Indiana Virtual Academy for the 2011-2012 school year.

• Legal counsel will continue to be Timothy Day.

• Ripley Publishing Co. was designated as the print media for legal advertising for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

• It was recommended that Narwold, John Billman, and Paul Hardy file a conflict of interest statement in compliance with Corporation Bylaw 144.3.

• Bill Roberts and Paul Hardy will serve on the personnel committee. John Billman was asked to serve on the calendar committee.

• The board unanimously approved a Resolution Appropriation of Rainy Day Funds in the amount of $20,291.93 including payments for annuities, retirement bridge, non-participation in health care plans and sick days.

• An unanimous approval was also given to approve the Extra-Curricular Activities Financial accounts as presented.

• The resignation of William Schuler, custodian at the high school was accepted.

• The board unanimously approved the Osgood Dairy (Dean’s Foods) to be the provider of dairy products and Interstate Brands (Butternut) for the 2011-2012 school year as per their agreement to honor the United Purchasing Cooperative pricing.

• The board approved the 2011-2012 textbook/rental fees for kindergarten through the fifth grades.

• Mileage reimbursement was approved in the amount of 55.5 cents per mile as per IRS calculation. The new rate will be in effect August 1, 2011.

• Melodie Busch was approved to be the board’s appointment to the Osgood Public Library Board for four years beginning July 20, 2011 and ending on July 31, 2015.
Given unanimous approval from the full attendance board were the following coaching designations:

Varsity boys basketball, David Bradshaw; assistant boys basketball, Steve Narwold; freshmen boys basketball, Roy Thomas; 8th grade boys basketball, David Espinda; 7th grade boys basketball, Jason Volz; 5th/6th grade boys basketball, Travis Rohrig/Jason Hughes; varsity girls basketball, Scott Smith; assistant girls basketball, Matt McNew; 8th grade girls basketball, Tim Sutton; 7th grade girls basketball, Kyle Degler; 5th/6th grade girls basketball, Travis Rohrig/Jason Hughes; varsity basketball, David Bradshaw; assistant baseball, Jason Volz; varsity girls/boys cross country, David Bradshaw; Jr. Hi girls/boys cross country, Steve Narwold; and varsity girls golf, Chad Pindell.

Other coaching approvals included: varsity soccer, Mark Jones; assistant soccer, Mike Douglas; jr. high soccer, Larry Hammond; varsity softball, Tim Sutton; assistant softball, Kyle Degler; varsity boys/girls track, Tom Hughes; assistant track, Larry Hammond; jr. high boys/girls track, Travis Rohrig; co-varsity/JV volleyball, Sarah Jaisle and Tammy Shaw; 8th grade volleyball, Christa Riley; 7th grade volleyball, Abby Lauber; high school cheerleading, Nicole Drockelman; jr. high Cheerleading, Andrea Rohrig/Cindy Toops; Athletic trainer, Michelle Sebastian.

The positions of varsity boys golf and assistant jr. high track are open.

The board gave unanimous approval for Amy Watson to be employed as corporation nurse for the 2011-2012 school year; and for Dan McQueen to be employed as a custodian.

Kathleen Dickman announced that the board was in receipt of the retirement notification from superintendent, Bill Narwold, effective June 30, 2012. The board will begin the search for his replacement in the next couple of months.

The next regular board meeting will be held August 17 at 6:30 p.m.