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Grant to provide Crawford students with Chromebooks

Grant to provide Crawford students with Chromebooks Grant to provide Crawford students with Chromebooks
By Chris Adams, Contributing Writer

Each student in the Crawford County Community School Corp. will soon have a Chromebook, thanks to a matching grant approved by the board of trustees last Tuesday night.

The board — meeting in the Crawford County High School media center with each trustee sitting at a separate table (trustee Myrna Sanders participated via speaker phone) and the public spaced out to ensure social distancing — voted 7-0 to approve the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant.

The grant will provide the corporation approximately 500 Chromebooks, Superintendent Mike Key said.

In another matter, Key said registration for the 2020-21 school year got underway that day, and, while there had been some challenges, things appear to be improving.

“It has been a tough, tough week,” he said. “We have gone without power, we have gone without phones, we’ve gone without internet, and we have recovered.”

In other business, the board:

•Voted 7-0 to adopt proposed changes to the 2020-21 Crawford County Community School Corp. Elementary School Handbook.

•Approved, 7-0, changes to the Crawford County Middle School book bill for the 2020-21 academic year.

•Voted 7-0 to approve the following consent agenda items:

—The retirement of Ted Goldman as head custodian at East Crawford Elementary School effective Sept. 1.

—The following resignations: Miranda Kellum as guidance counselor at CCMS and CCMS High Ability coordinator, Shirley Smith as Title I aide at West Crawford Elementary School, Sydney Morgan as eighth-grade English/language arts teacher at CCMS and Crystal Wethington as ED/Dev pre-K aide at South Crawford Elementary School.

—Crawford County High School Principal Brandon Johnson’s recommendations of Anthony Bell as summer football coach and Jordan (Tiger) Schultz as chemistry teacher, as well as to adopt changes to the 2020-21 Crawford County Community School Corp. High School Handbook.

—CCMS Principal Brandy Stroud’s recommendations to approve changes to the 2020-21 Crawford County Community School Corp. Middle School Handbook and the transfers of Lisa Striegel to the sixth-grade math teaching position and Heather Nichols to the eighth-grade English/language arts teaching position.

—Laura Pellman’s transfer from Title I aide to part-time cook at East Crawford Elementary School as recommended by ECES Principal Tara Carothers.

At a special meeting on July 7, the board:

•Voted 7-0 to approve the 2020-21 school year re-entry plan. The plan is available on the school corporation’s website,

•Voted 7-0 to name Jerry Hanger Jr. as the head varsity boys’ and summer boys’ basketball coach.

•Approved, 7-0, eLearning on Nov. 23 and 24 for the 2020-21 school year.

•Voted 7-0 to approve a blank resolution that suspends future policies that conflict with statutory waivers/extensions granted by the governor, Indiana Department of Education or the Indiana Department of Health.

•Approved, 7-0, Keri Ruff as mild special education teacher at ECES.

•Approved, 7-0, the 2020-21 legal services agreement with Burgher & Burgher.

•Voted 7-0 to approve the following consent agenda items:

—The resignations of Shiann Oxley as Title I aide at WCES, Brooke Wilburn as Title I aide at SCES, Bailee Lang as special education aide at CCMS and Jill Philpot as sixth-grade math teacher at CCMS.

—The following recommendations at CCHS: purchase of a six-year digital classroom set of books for Spanish, student fees added to photography and visual communication classes and Robin Nordhoff as a summer school math teacher (it is a grant-funded position).

—David Coultas as a seventh-grade math teacher at CCMS.

Also at the special meeting, Key announced the school corporation will partner with Centerstone to provide a family support specialist at each building daily. The specialist will work with families and students on behaviors at both school and home. The building principal will make the referral, but families will have the choice whether or not to participate.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7:15 p.m.


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