December 28, 2011Having just completed renovation of a couple of rest rooms in the high school gymnasium, the Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees has turned its attention to facilities near the media center.
The board voted 6-0 (trustee Debbie Kaiser was absent) to approve spending up to $86,362 to renovate both a boys' and girls' rest room.
The project is to be paid for with leftover money from an essentially no-interest loan funded from the sale of federal Qualified Zone Academy Bonds the corporation received to renovate the science labs and media center at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School as well as up to $25,000 of emergency funds.
CCCSC Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge requested $10,000 of those emergency funds "in case we would run into issues, because we've had issues in the wall there in the urinals that we're afraid whenever we get in there, we're going to find things in the pipes."
Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees member Shawn Scott, who also is chief deputy of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, shows how the department can view the school’s live surveillance footage for laptop computers. Photo by Chris Adams
T & G Construction of Bedford, which renovated the gymnasium rest rooms, a project also paid for with leftover QZAB monies, will do the work. The gymnasium rest rooms cost $109.81 per square foot, while these will cost $109.87.
Eastridge said the student rest rooms, which haven't been renovated since the school opened in 1976, would be done the same way as those in the gymnasium, including having the same color scheme.
"It would look identical to those there," he said.
The board's vote also tentatively authorized renovation of two small staff rest rooms. Their inclusion in the project is contingent on Eastridge being able to negotiate the quoted cost down.
"I feel that $10,221 is excessive," he said.
Asked by board president Tim Jellison how much lower the cost would have to be, Eastridge said, "I'm thinking in the neighborhood of at least $2,500."
Eastridge said the contractor estimated the project will take a month, but he expects it to be closer to six weeks. During construction, students will have to use the rest rooms in another hall as well as in the gymnasium. Because of that, the time allotted between classes likely will have to be lengthened, he said.
In a related matter, the board voted 6-0 to give Eastridge permission to seek bids to renovate the Food and Consumer Sciences and Art classrooms at the high school.
The board also instructed Eastridge to have the construction engineer, while already at the school, to talk with John Fischer, band director, about how the band room and stage area can be upgraded.
"They have given us too much this year to ignore them," trustee Shawn Scott said of the band program.
The board also was given an overview of a new system that allows the Crawford County Sheriff's Department to have real-time access to the school security cameras.
Scott, who also is chief deputy at the sheriff's department, demonstrated how officers can see live video on the laptops in their cars.
He said the system is beneficial in that it allows officers to determine immediately whether an alarm is real or had been accidentally tripped. In addition, it would allow police to best determine how to proceed during an emergency, such as a shooting, including how best to evacuate students, he said.
Scott said that since the digital video is saved on a hard drive, it can be searched later and photos can be printed.
"It is a great, top-of-the-line system," he said.
In other matters, the board:
•Voted 4-2 (Jellison and Lee Holzbog against) to have Nanette DuPont continue to serve as Title I director through June 30.
•Received information from Eastridge for review regarding options for state-mandated certified staff evaluation.
•Voted 6-0 to approve a resolution to transfer unused and encumbered funds from the transportation fund to the rainy day fund.
•Were given a holiday performance by high school choir students Jesse Baize and Claire Schaftlein. The students were invited by Eastridge.
•Approved the following consent agenda items:
—The resignation of Jim Schultz as Marengo Elementary School Geo Bowl coach.
—The following coaching recommendations at CCJSHS by Jerry Hanger, athletic director: Kevin Jones, boys' junior varsity basketball; Ernie Stroud, boys' freshman basketball; and John Bowles, girls' junior varsity basketball.
—The following volunteer coaching recommendations at CCJSHS from Hanger: Hyla Conrad, assistant cheer and dance; and Randall and David Camp, assistant wrestling.
—The following coaching appointments at Marengo Elementary: Cheri VanMeter, Battle of the Books; Kendra Potter, Geo Bowl; Anthony Spinner, Math Bowl; and Renita McMonigle, Spell Bowl.
—Milltown Elementary Principal Tami Geltmaker's request for fifth- and sixth-graders to take a Toby Tours field trip to Chicago on May 9, 10 and 11.
—Mandatory direct deposit for all employees and contracted bus drivers effective with the Dec. 23 payroll.
—Medical Standing Orders for the corporation.
—Reference Services Inc. to act as the corporation's agent to conduct background checks and verifications through the E-Verify system.
—Eastridge's recommendation to move Kevin Wright from a computer data entry position to elementary schools technology to replace the retiring Bill McIntyre and Milltown Elementary secretary Tina Key to the computer data entry position at her current hourly rate. The Milltown secretary position will be filled temporarily for the next few months. All of the moves are tentative, with Wright and Key possibly being moved back to their former positions.
—Moving the March 20 board meeting to March 19.
—The recommendation from Mike Key, the corporation's director of transportation, of a bus addendum of two miles, effective Oct. 5, for driver John McDaniel.
—Permission to transfer bus route No. 33 and shuttle route C from Bernie Harmon to Rocky and Naomi Gray and to change route No. 5 from Rocky Gray to Rocky and Naomi Gray.
—Maternity leave request of Katrina Brace, guidance counselor at English Elementary.
CCJSHS to be one of few schools to be part of APTIP initiative
Crawford County Junior-Senior High School recently learned that it will be one of only 33 schools to participate in the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana.
The notice, in a letter dated Dec. 15 to CCJSHS guidance counselor Cindy Cain, came after the announcement that the University of Notre Dame's partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative, which developed APTIP, had been funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
"Based on your continued efforts in AP courses, your participation in programs administered by the Institute for Educational Initiatives (at UND), and your Memorandum of Understanding in June, (CCJSHS) is a member of the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana, set to begin implementation in 2012," APTIP Indiana program director Karen M. Morris wrote.
Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent of the Crawford County Community School Corp., publicly announced the high school's inclusion in the program during the Monday, Dec. 19, meeting of the board of trustees.
"We've added the course work," he said of the high school's existing Advanced Placement courses. "This grant, starting in 2012, will help us support that."
According to literature from the National Math and Science Initiative, APTIP's formula for success includes the following:
•Extra training for Advanced Placement teachers;
•Ongoing support from master teachers;
•More time on task for students in after-school and Saturday study sessions; and
•Incentives for teachers and students to excel.
"To bring APTIP to life in the classroom, NMSI has trained more than 8,000 pre-AP and AP teachers from across the country in the last three years," according to the NMSI, which was founded in 2007.
Results from the College Board for 2008-11 showed that participating schools had an increase of 124 percent in passing scores on AP math, science and English exams, almost six times the national average, according to the NMSI.
"If we see this kind of success for our young folks, I'm excited about it," Eastridge said.
In making the announcement that NMSI had secured $1.5 million in required matching funds to receive a $15 million "Investing in Innovation" grant from the federal government, allowing it to expand APTIP to Indiana, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett called it a "major victory" for the state's educators and students.
"APTIP is a proven program, and I look forward to the positive results in educator effectiveness and student achievement and growth," he said. "This program is aligned with our goal for students to be college and career ready."
CCHS officials will learn more about the details of the program in the coming weeks. Morris, in her letter to Cain, said she will visit the school to present the activities of the NMSI to AP teachers and corporation administrators as well as visit AP teachers during class and answer any questions.