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Debbie Kaiser, center, and Lee Holzbog listen as Tim Jellison thanks the board during the trio’s farewell. Photos by Leslie Radcliff

Board says farewell to trio of trustees


December 26, 2012
The Dec. 18 meeting of the Crawford County School Corp. Board of Trustees at Marengo Elementary School was a bittersweet moment for many in attendance.

"I will surely miss working with all these individuals," Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge said. "These are three individuals who have truly decided to put kids first."

Trustees Debbie Kaiser, Tim Jellison and Lee Holzbog had what was their last monthly meeting and there was plenty of laughter and thoughtful reminiscing during Eastridge's and the outgoing members' speeches and cake and punch reception.

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Dennis Talley and Kelly Hammond, right, take notes as Eastridge fills them in on the energy study.
"To be elected to a position by the folks you live with and around is quite an honor," Kaiser said. "I feel like this board did a lot of good things. … Our corporation has grown and come a long way."

Each person praised the development and forward thinking of the schools administration and board in 2012 and the years that they had served."

"We have rebuilt and remodeled a lot in our high school," Holzbog said, "but we still have a long way to go, and I hope that these guys will continue in that tradition."

On hand for the evening were representatives from Jasper Memorial Hospital, including Joe Lahue, director of medical practice management, and Kelly Claus, director of business development.

Both expressed their excitement about the pending contract between the school corporation and Memorial Hospital's Crawford County Family Medicine located at the Jasper Engines and Transmissions facility north of Leavenworth.

"This facility will be open five days a week," Claus said. "The main model difference is that it's relationship-based care where the time spent with the provider is, on average, about 30 minutes."

The JET/CCFM facility is a full-service medical site that is equipped with two exam rooms and offers wellness and screening tests, health risk assessments and coaching, acute care, primary care, chronic disease management, fitness, nutrition and rehabilitation services, mental health professionals and a pharmacy "mini" dispensary. It also provides a nurse, nurse practitioner and internist who can offer everything from treatment for a scraped knee to annual women's exams.

Relationship-based care is stressed and the clinic is open five days a week.

Trustee Traci Kerns made the motion to approve the agreement between the school corporation employees and the CCFM facility and Myrna Sanders seconded the motion. It was approved 7-0.

In another matter, Wayne Larimore spoke about the energy-saving measures that Eastridge and the trustees have been gathering information on during the last several months.

The board short-term versus long-term payback options. Larimore went on to explain that some of the changes will see a return of the initial investment immediately while other energy efficient changes will take longer to see a return but would eventually pay for themselves.

"We have to do this in chunks," Eastridge said, "And it seems like there's a lot of savings in the gyms."

Eastridge's recommendation was to work on the gyms in the high school and Milltown Elementary School and install motion based lighting in the bathrooms that have not been renovated yet throughout the corporation.

A motion to do so was made by Kaiser and seconded by Shawn Scott. It was approved unanimously.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to approve:

•The retirements of Janet Leonard at the end of the 2012-13 school year after 24 years of service to the school and David Foust, effective Jan. 3, after 37 years.

•The transfer of Brandon Jones' sick days from South Central Area Special Education Cooperative.

•The 2013-14 school calendar. The first for students will be Aug. 2.

•Jeremy Keith as bus driver of route No. 21.

•Corporation nurses standing orders and secretary evaluation form.

•The termination agreement with South Central Area Vocational School.

•Adding a caveat to the grading scale in the handbook that reads: "Any student who enrolls in an advanced weighted scale dual-credit course but is not eligible for the college credit will receive a weighted scale grade figured into their GPA."

•Amy Belcher and Christopher Broughton's request to take Patoka Elementary School students to St. Louis May 8 through 10.

•Recommendation from athletic director Jerry Hanger to approve volunteer assistant track coaches Joey Speece and Ann Stratton.

•Transfer of Janice Thayer to the family and consumer sciences position for the remainder of the school year and to extend Cindi Roberts' contract to allow her to fulfill the position left by Thayer.

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