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Free breakfast, lunch for all Crawford students

July 24, 2019
Crawford County Community School Corp. Superintendent Mike Key announced at last Tuesday night's board of trustees meeting that every student will receive free breakfast and lunch during the 2019-20 school year.

"We certainly see that as a great thing for our families," Key said, noting that he just received word earlier in the day that the Indiana Department of Education had approved the funding.

"We look for those kinds of things, and sometimes they're there," he said. "We take advantage of them. Hopefully, it will be a long-lasting event that we can look forward to."

In another bit of good financial news, Key, with Community Foundation of Crawford County Executive Director Christine Harbeson in the audience, announced the corporation received a pair of grants totaling more than $11,600 via the CFCC.

The corporation received $10,365 from the Mulzer Education Fund, as well as $1,265 from Jasper Engines and Transmissions.

"We're happy to be able to do things like this. This is what we're here for," Harbeson said, noting the endowments were established with the purpose of benefiting the school corporation.

"We're overjoyed to be getting this," Key said. "It's a great partnership that we have."

In another matter, the board voted 7-0 to approve up to $4,000 for the ALICE program, along with both school resource officers, at a cost of $850 each, attending a seminar in Ohio.

Ray Saylor, the corporation's S.R.O. based at Crawford County Middle School, said all corporation staff — both certified and non-certified — at each building will receive training in the ALICE program.

According to literature from the ALICE Training Institute, the program is designed to ensure anybody employ strategies to ensure student safety. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

In a follow-up from the June meeting, the board tabled an agreement with Viasat, a high-speed internet company wanting to lease ground at East Crawford Elementary School.

Key presented the agreement, which calls for Viasat to pay the school corporation $800 per month, along with a 3-percent increase each year, for the board to approve pending review from the corporation's legal counsel.

Trustee Larry Bye made a motion, which Trustee Doug McLain seconded, to table the agreement, after McLain said he could not vote on the agreement until he had a chance to review it.

Assistant Superintendent Jamie Smith cautioned that delaying action until the regular August meeting could jeopardize the agreement, as Viasat is intent on moving quickly.

The board, however, said the agreement could be taken up at a special meeting that it likely will schedule before then.

In other business, the trustees:

Were notified by Key that the corporation's special education classes, which had been at ECES, would be moving to South Crawford Elementary School.

Approved, 7-0, the retirement of Jerry Hanger as athletic director, retroactive to June 30, and to post the position as a support staff contract instead of as a certified staff contract as it had been.

Hanger's position as boys' varsity basketball coach for the 2019-20 season remains unchanged.

Approved, 7-0, the 2019-20 student handbooks for each school.

Voted 4-3 (Wayne Carothers, Myrna Sanders, Lance Stroud and Troy Wheeler for; Bye, McLain and Dennis Talley against) to approve Key's recommendation to post an opening for an administrative position.

Voted 7-0 to renew a contract with Burgher & Burgher to serve as the corporation's legal counsel for the upcoming year. The contract terms remain the same.

Approved, 7-0, the following consent agenda items:

The resignations of Lacey Bottorff, social worker; Jessica Branham, track and field coach at ECES; Gail Shafer, custodian at Crawford County High School; Traci Frazer-Elliott, cook; and Kelsey Hildenbrand, Bailee Kennedy and Kimberly Novak, Title I aides.

The following recommendations from CCHS Principal Brandon Johnson: Candace Goldman, Title I aide; Shannon Hogle, social worker; and to declare the poster printer located in the office as surplus as it no longer functions and the repair cost exceeds its value.

CCMS Principal Amy Belcher's recommendation of Heather Nichols as special education teacher.

Eric Summers as pre-K special education teacher at SCES, per the recommendation of building Principal Amy Etienne.

Etienne's recommendation of employment of the following for the summer reading program, July 8 through 19, funded by a Duke Energy Foundation Grant: Carly Kaiser, reading; Shirley Smith, Brenda Key and Jennifer Huff, reading instructional assistants; and Robby Taylor, bus driver.

Federal Medical Leave Act requests of a pair of employees.

Per the recommendation of Smith, declare as surplus bus No. 41 (2001 Chevrolet/Bluebird special needs), bus No. 51 (1998 International 66-passenger) and bus No. 90 (2000 Chevrolet activity).

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