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Trustees appoint new member, talk baseball

September 04, 2013
When formulating a game plan, it's always a good idea to plan with a full roster, and since the resignation of president Lucas Stroud, the Crawford County School Corp. Board of Trustees has been playing a man down. But that will no longer be the case when the September meeting rolls around.

Stroud, who was a member of the board of trustees for 11 years and represented District 1, resigned his position in order to fill a construction trades teaching position at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School.

With a motion by Danny Mitchell, a second by Kelly Hammond and a 5-0 vote, the board elected to fill the vacancy with applicant Bill Harris.

Harris has many ties to the school corporation. His son graduated in 2013, his wife is a teacher in the corporation and, until last year, Harris was a basketball coach for Crawford County Junior High School. Now, he will represent District 1 on the school corporation's board of trustees.

"The board gave due consideration to all applicants, and I concur," Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge said. "It is a testament to Bill's character and the strength of our board that they were able to come together and reach the same decision."

Stroud's wife and CCJSHS science teacher Brandy Stroud was on hand to discuss an upcoming opportunity for high school students to travel to Costa Rica as part of a cultural and biological learning initiative during spring break.

They will be utilizing EF Tours, a well-known touring organization.

"Costa Rica is the No. 1 destination for the group," Stroud said. "It's picked more than any other excursion."

Stroud is no stranger to taking students on educational trips. She has previously taken students on an extended trip to Hawaii. During their trip, they were able to gain credit for school.

"It's an adventure for them," she said. "Something for them to see the world."

Stroud reassured the board that guides would be with the group the entire trip and there will be no more than six students per one adult. Other students from around the country would also be joining the students from Crawford County on the trip.

"We still maintain the relationships that we made from Hawaii," she said. "I just think it's a really, really great thing for kids to be able to travel to someplace that is not this place. This is a great place, but we want them to be able to see other places, as well."

Later in the meeting, as part of the consent agenda, the board approved the request.

In another matter, athletic director Jerry Hanger addressed the board regarding the summer baseball and softball program meetings held early in August.

"It was a very productive meeting. The general consensus is that we need to leave the program as is with high expectations," Hanger said, "even if we have to pay them some out of the $2,010 salary that the coaches have."

His recommendations are to hire adult staff and begin the season one month earlier. In addition to those changes, Hanger also would recommend that the students play 15 scheduled games with option of the coach adding more games.

Options for practice spaces include English Elementary School and Harmony Park in English, though that is still under consideration and no decisions have been made.

"I spoke with representatives of the town and they said they'd be more than happy to help us with that," trustee Dennis Talley said. "They'd love us to be there."

In other news, the board approved the following 5-0:

Kelly Hammond's motion to approve the resolution to adoption the Crawford County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan needed to allow the school to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room project grant money. Traci Kerns seconded the motion.

Kerns' motion to approve the regular and executive session minutes from July 16, July 30 and Aug. 8. Shawn Scott seconded the motion.

Consent agenda items approved unanimously included:

Resignations from Greg Gogel, social studies teacher at CCJSHS; Patricia Elliott, part-time cafeteria aid at CCJSHS; Nicole Forbes, CCJSHS dance coach; and Monte Eckert from the Title I position at English Elementary.

Therapy dog Jazzy to begin presentations at English Elementary.

Alicia Bullington as first-grade teacher at Leavenworth Elementary and Kellen Krammes as social studies teacher for CCJSHS.

John Bowles, boys' sixth grade basketball coach; Jim Grizzel, boys' fifth-grade basketball coach; Kim Grizzel, girls' "A" team basketball coach; Jason Wolf, girls' "B" team basketball coach; T.J. Wolf and Ashley Gibbs, dance coach volunteers;and Rebecca Pierson, volunteer for the Christmas program, all at Marengo Elementary.

Kelly Jackson, interim dance coach; and volunteer football coaches Jim Carlton, Jim Grizzel, Beth Stroud, Jason Stroud, Rocky Gray, Jim Donnelly, Foy Shuman, Nathan Stroud and Carl Hovis (pending limited criminal history checks).

David Bullington as part-time custodian at CCJSHS.

Transfer of Brooke Mohr to Milltown Elementary and posting a part-time aide for Patoka Elementary.

Hammond made the motion to approve the consent agenda. Trustee Shawn Scott seconded the motion.

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