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Trustees hire new CCHS principal

April 23, 2008
The Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees hired a new high school principal last Tuesday night, naming Greg Moe to replace Wayne Apple, who earlier announced his retirement, effective June 30.

Currently the middle school principal and transportation director at Garrett-Keyser-Butler Schools near Fort Wayne, Moe, who received a five-year contract, will officially begin at Crawford County High School on July 1.

Moe and his wife, Chris, who attended last week's meeting, with Moe being formally interviewed by trustees during the closed executive session prior to the public meeting, received several handshakes and well wishes after the meeting.

"I like what I see at Crawford County," Moe said on Monday, explaining his decision to take the CCHS job.

Originally from southeast Minnesota, he said he was amazed by the similar countryside in Crawford County and felt at ease with the people in the school system.

Moe, 52, said he hopes to work until he is 65 and he and his wife plan to move to the area in June.

Moe was hired by a 6-0 vote (trustee Roger Haverstock was absent).

In another matter, CARES Director Kim Grizzel gave a brief update on the before- and after-school program's successful fundraising efforts.

The program, which has done everything from selling bricks at each elementary school to producing a Crawford County version of the Monopoly board game, has raised some $70,000 "just in about six to seven months," Grizzel said.

Upcoming events, she said, include a demolition derby on May 10 at the Crawford County 4-H Community Park south of Marengo and joining the Town of Marengo in a raffle for the town's annual Fourth of July celebration.

Grizzel said the fundraising is important because the federal program that has provided operational grant dollars may be changing and those funds may no longer be available.

"We don't know what's going on with our funding right now," she said.

The trustees also voted 6-0, as part of a consent agenda, to:

•Approve the resignations of Brandy Stroud as varsity assistant track coach, Alan Cox as girls' junior varsity basketball coach, Janette Toney as high school cheer coach, and, at the end of the 2007-08 school year, Ashley Conrad as a Title I assistant.

•Name Adam Newton a volunteer assistant junior high school golf coach.

•Increase the salary increase of the varsity volleyball coach, junior varsity volleyball coach, concession manager and boys' and girls' varsity golf coaches.

•Acknowledge the RIF (reduction in force) notification of Jill Stutzman, who has been teaching math at CCJSHS on an emergency license. The position needs to be RIFed so it can be advertised and filled with a teacher with a permanent license. Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge at an earlier meeting explained the action in no way reflects on Stutzman's job performance.

•Approve the bus addendum recommendations of Mike Key, transportation director, for drivers Anna Eastridge, Larry Garrett and Ramona Garrett.

•Give $100 to the coaches of the GT Academic teams. Each team's coach will receive $100, unless they are co-coaching a team. In that case, the $100 will be divided.

•Approve an agreement with Roof Management Inc. to physically inspect the roofs at Patoka, English and Milltown elementary schools prior to the original contractor's warranty expiring.

•Hire Jason Jones as a part-time technology assistant at $11 per hour.

•Increase the substitute support staff pay from $7 per hour to $8.50 per hour in an effort to be more competitive with other school corporations.

•Submit the annual federally-funded Title I grant application.

•Approve the FMLA request of an employee.

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