Wolfpack football to remain in PLAC
By Chris Adams, Contributing Writer
Despite the Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees voting otherwise last month, the high school football program will remain on this fall’s Patoka Lake Athletic Conference schedule.
During last Tuesday’s board meeting at the Crawford County High School media center, Superintendent Mike Key said corporation officials learned from conference officials following last month’s split vote (Lance Stroud and Larry Bye against) that temporary withdrawal from PLAC competition is prohibited.
“There was, after that meeting, a clarification in the bylaws that doesn’t permit that from happening,” he said.
The December vote came following the recommendation of CCHS Principal Brandon Johnson, who in a letter to Key and the board, wrote: “The PLAC is full of teams who consistently decimate the team, and there is no real learning or growth occurring with our present program.”
Johnson noted that temporarily removing the program from PLAC competition would “allow us to play teams that might be stronger than we are but are closer to our level. We wish to use these contests to make our program better and improve our students’ skill in order to rejoin the PLAC in the near future.”
While the Wolfpack will continue to play PLAC teams, the program also will schedule more competitive games, Key said.
Key, at the request of Stroud, also gave a brief update about the construction project at CCHS, which will include moving Crawford County Middle School to the building.
The project, Key said, is moving along nicely, especially the middle school portion, which is three months ahead of schedule.
“They are in the process right now of putting the roof on the cafeteria. They’ve got the west wall covered with insulation board, and we’re starting on the north wall of the building,” Key said, adding that brick could go up in the next couple of weeks.
He said work will pick up even more shortly, as the contractor is finishing another job and those employees are added to the Crawford County project.
While the high school portion of the project is about a month behind schedule, Johnson said it won’t affect the start of the 2021-22 school year.
In another matter, Key said the corporation received the results of an emergency preparedness plan audit prepared by the Indiana Department of Education. He said CCMS, which was the subject of the audit, was given “a clean bill of health.”
“Steve Balko from the state came down and really, really bragged about how good our emergency plan was down at the middle school,” Key said.
“I just wanted to make sure we recognized the middle school and all their efforts that they do, not that all the rest of (the buildings) wouldn’t have been in the same shape. It was just (CCMS) got picked out of a hat,” he said.
In other business, the board:
Voted 7-0 to approve the following consent agenda items:
— The resignation of Cheyenne Detweiler as part-time developmental pre-K aide at South Crawford Elementary School.
— The transfer of Tara Elliott to the part-time developmental pre-K/emotional disability aide position at SCES effective Jan. 4.
— The transfer of John Bowles to the head of facilities position at CCHS effective Jan. 4.
— John McDaniel as temporary part-time day custodian at CCMS from Jan. 12 to July 31.
Was notified by Key that the corporation no longer is considered by the state to be a distressed situation. The state had previously earmarked the corporation as such on a financial report.
Approved, 7-0, Hannah Schultz as a part-time media aide at CCMS.
Voted 6-0-1 (Trustee Paul Broughton abstained) for Broughton to serve as its representative on the Crawford County Redevelopment Commission.
The meeting — the first for Broughton and fellow trustees Ann Richardson and Karen Sheller, who were elected in November — also served as the board’s annual reorganization session.
The officers will remain the same as last year: Troy Wheeler, president; Wayne Carothers, vice president; and Stroud, secretary. Each was approved with no dissent.
Also as part of reorganization, the board:
Voted 7-0 to re-approve Tina Key as corporation treasurer and Krissi Fraze as assistant treasurer.
Approved, 6-0-1 (Broughton abstained), the annual salary for trustees at $2,000.
Voted 6-0-1 (Broughton abstained) for trustees to receive a per diem stipend of $65 for additional meetings.
Approved, 6-0-1 (Broughton abstained), for trustees to receive a per diem of $35 for in-state meals and $50 for out-of-state meals.
Voted 7-0 for the Clarion News and The Corydon Democrat to be the newspaper publications for official notices.
Voted 7-0 for regular board meetings to continue to be on the third Tuesday of each month.
Following the reorganization session, the trustees conducted a Board of Finance meeting, during which they appointed themselves to serve as corporation officers.