Excitement was the word at the Jac-Cen-Del
school board meeting on Wednesday, August 17. Every principal,
faculty member and school board member in attendance couldnt
stop smiling when speaking of the new additions to the middle
school and high school.
Brian Fehribach, high school assistant principal, described
what he saw on the first day of school. I wish you could
have seen the kids, he noted, they were so excited.
High school principal, Johnny Budd, said the facility was met
with great excitement. He thanked the school board for their
decisions on the building project and explained how he feels
the students will benefit from it.
Ron Back, technology director, spoke of the technological upgrades
he and his team worked on over the summer. All computers have
been switched from Novel to a Windows server and have been updated
to Microsoft Office XP 2010 software. When all computers are
running, the schools will have one computer to every two students.
There were also 12 new projectors installed. The benefit from
all the technology projects over the summer is that schools
can now accommodate students in many different ways.
Superintendent Bill Narwold awarded Ron Back with the I
Caught You award for going above and beyond his duties
as the technology director. He said Backs work and leadership
is impressive and he saved taxpayers tens of thousand of dollars.
Another award presented at the meeting was the Indiana School
Board Associations Outstanding School Board Award
that the Jac-Cen-Del school board received. They will be recognized
with a plaque at the Indiana School Board Associations
Indiana State PL 221 and AYP results were discussed at the meeting.
As a corporation, in 2006 the state had JCD on academic watch;
five years later they have been upgraded to exemplary progress.
The elementary school received an A grade with exemplary
progress. The middle and high school received exemplary progress
and a C grade due to a cap on the graduation rate,
which was not met.
Superintendent Narwold stated drop-out and graduation rates
are his main area of concern.
Our community should demand nothing less than a high school
education and diploma for all students. Weve got to find
ways to keep kids in school and graduating. Were playing
by the rules (when reporting graduation rates) and will continue
to in order to get those numbers up, said Narwold.
Budd explained his goal for the middle school and high school
is to have a minimum of three percent growth with every student.
In order to achieve this goal, individual targets will be set
with each student.
The construction project should be completed at JCD by November
1. The hopes of those in attendance were that the improved facilities
will help increase student performance.
In other news:
The board accepted the resignation of middle and high
school English teacher, Jennifer Prince, effective August 1.
The board approved the employment of Jeff Bedel as elementary
school custodian; Amanda Huff as part time bus aide, cook assistant,
and custodian; and Amelia Comer as middle and high school English
The list of the use of JCD facilities for non-varsity,
Saturday events for 2011-2012 was approved.
Donations of furniture from Hill-Rom and student school
supplies from Osgood Trustee Bill Warren and MainSource Bank
The board approved changes to the middle and high school
student handbook. Now, a student successfully completing four
sport seasons may receive one PE credit fulfilling the graduate
requirement. This change includes all IHSAA athletic teams,
cheerleading and dance team.
Board members in attendance were Kathleen Dickman, John Billman,
Bill Roberts and Deanna Young The next regular meeting will
be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the JCD Elementary