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Cox returns as principal at Marengo Elementary

August 27, 2008
Alan Cox, former Marengo Elementary School principal, is returning to the position, after the Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees voted last Tuesday night to rehire the current high school physical education to his former post.

Cox, who served at Marengo in the late 1990s, was given the position by a 5-2 vote, with trustees Lee Holzbog and Troy Wheeler casting nay votes.

The board acted on the recommendation of a committee set up to find a replacement for former Principal Judy Bueckert, who resigned for a position outside the school corporation.

In another matter, the trustees held a public hearing on the 2009 budget, inviting public comments on the advertised budget, the 2009-11 Capital Projects Plan and the 2009-20 Bus Replacement Plan. With no comments, the board, after adjourning the public hearing, unanimously passed resolutions to adopt the Capital Projects and Bus Replacement plans, as well as a levy neutrality resolution. The former deals with the corporation's bonding of its severance liability and is mandated by the state.

The school board is expected to adopt the 2009 budget at its Sept. 16 meeting at the Crawford County Administration Building, located at 5805 E. Administration Road, Marengo.

In other business, the school board:

•Was told by Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge and Crawford County Junior-Senior High School Principal Greg Moe that the students who took the ACT test scored above the state average.

"And that's a trend that's going to continue," Eastridge said.

•Passed, 7-0, the following consent agenda items:

—The resignations of Judy Bueckert as Marengo Elementary principal and Angela Wilcox as English Elementary dance squad coach.

—Kevin Milligan as cross country coach at English Elementary.

—Kim Allen as the girls' and boys' B-team basketball coach at English Elementary.

—Debbie Ruble as Battle of the Books sponsor at English Elementary.

—Jason W. Elliott as the girls' and boys' A-team basketball coach at Milltown Elementary.

—Phillip Birden as the girls' and boys' B-team basketball coach at Patoka Elementary.

—Jayme Oxley as the cheerleader coach at Patoka Elementary.

—Kristyn Chanley as the dance squad coach at Patoka Elementary.

—Mary Jo Smith as the Math-a-Thon coach at Patoka Elementary.

— Phillip Burden as the Geo Bowl coach at Patoka Elementary.

—Kelly Beck and Brandy Hall as the Spell Bowl coaches at Patoka Elementary.

—Monica Holzbog as the Battle of the Books coach at Patoka Elementary.

—Angela Crecelius as the Science Bowl coach at Patoka Elementary.

—The following bus addendums to start on Aug. 7 and continue through the 2008-09 school year or change in student residences: Delaine King, two miles; and Anna Eastridge, two miles.

—Patoka Elementary Principal Nanette DuPont's request for a kindergarten through 12th grade overnight field trip to Sycamore Springs Park on Sept. 25 and 26.

—The second reading of several NEOLA policies.

—Andrew Ruble as assistant junior varsity football coach.

—Bill Mahoney as assistant junior high assistant football coach.

—Danny Newton, Lloyd Arnold, Steven Massengale and Jim Carlton as volunteer assistant football coaches.

—The following dress code prohibitions at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School: unnatural colored hair and piercings other than earlobes and nose studs. Also, all book bags and backpacks must remain in the locker during the day.

—Nerissa Fraime, Leavenworth Elementary; Ramona Garrett, Milltown Elementary; and Renita McMonigle, Marengo Elementary to non-certified Title I positions.

—Wanda Blackgrave and Sandi Pike as Title I certified instructional assistants at Patoka Elementary.

—Brandon Johnson as the co-drama/speech coach at CCHS.

—Billy Harris as a volunteer junior high school boys' tennis coach.

—Hope Haverstock as a volunteer junior high school volleyball coach.

—CCHS Assistant Principal Amy Belcher's maternity leave request for Sept. 25 through Dec. 22.

—Krisanne Roll as yearbook sponsor at CCHS.

—The following addition to the contract regarding vacation language for 12 months support staff: "Effective July 1, 2008: Those employees hired after July 1, and prior to the next January 1, shall receive one week paid vacation leave."

—A resolution for declaration of emergency regarding replacing a failed water heater at Marengo Elementary.

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