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This week's Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Board meeting came with several personnel recommendations.
Jim Tedder, Transportation/Maintenance Director for the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation, recommended Nathan Downy and Carol Geis as School Bus Drivers.
Hope Elementary School Principal, Lisa Smith recommended Connie Ball and Nancy Banta as Co-Sponsors for Little Hoosiers. "They would be great influences on our students in Little Hoosiers," Dr. Kathy Griffey, Superintendent for the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation, said.
Smith also suggested Amy Johnson as 5th Grade Girls Basketball Volunteer Assistant and Gary Joyce as 6th Grade Girls Basketball Volunteer Assistant.
For 5th and 6th Grade Cheerleading Sponsor, Lisa Smith recommended Tiffany Zollman.
A letter of resignation was accepted from the Co-Sophomore Class Sponsor, Sharon Mapes.
Hauser Junior/Senior High School Principal Shawn Price recommended the following several individuals for the following sponsorship positions:
Academic Coach - Becky Boyles
Sophomore Class Sponsor - Stephanie Tom
Senior Class sponsor - Rebekah Bryan
National Honor society - Rebekah Bryan
Sunshine society - Amy Macy
Spanish Club - Catalina Phipps
Additionally, Price suggested Sharon Mapes as the new Science Department Head, and Deborah Webb as a new Hauser Parent Volunteer.
Technology Director Denise Ollestad made a recommended Jon Pence for a Part Time Technology Assistant at Hauser. "Joe resides in Edinburgh and is eager to join FRHC's Technology Team," Griffey said. "And we are happy to have him."
"I'd also note that this is a position that is paid for through the capital projects fund," she said.
Griffey was pleased to introduce Alan Mize from DLZ Indiana, the company who assisted the Flat Rock-School Corporation in developing a Safe Routes to School Master Plan.
"We looked the history and followed the guidelines outlined by INDOT," Mize said. The main goal of this plan was to address issues that discourage active transportation and identify barriers to bicycling and/or walking to both Hope Elementary School and Hauser Junior/Senior High School.
The Master Plan outlines the most practical and beneficial infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects relative to the FRHC School Corporation. The projects were divided into four main activities:
1. Adding sidewalks within the school campus.
2. construct sidewalks within Goshen Meadows and along Hauser Drive.
3. Provide sidewalks and crossings from Hope Community Center to the east side of the School property along CR 750 E.
4. Upgrade sidewalks and crosswalks within the Town of Hope.
As it turned out, INDOT has suspended Safe Routes to Schools funding. "Basically, what they've done is to put all projects into one pot," Mize said.
Safe routes had been 100 percent funded, whereas now, all of these new projects are to be funded on an 80/20 basis. "This means that 20 percent of the project's money would now have to come from local money."
"For every dollar, 20 cents has to come from local funds."
Mize explained that for Bartholomew County, these types of projects are divided by area - there are designated urban and rural areas. "Currently, it looks like there will be no money coming from INDOT for the Safe Routes to School project in Hope," Mize said.
In short, INDOT has suspended it Safe Routes to School funding, but it may come back at a later date. "The good news is that you already have this Master Plan in writing and ready to go if they come back with funding."
Mize also explained the getting through INDOT is not an overnight process. It can take a couple of years. "Plus, when you use Federal money, you have to follow all federal guidelines, and you will have extra costs, like survey fees, design fees, construction inspection costs," Mize said.
"You have to decide if you can have someone locally put in the sidewalks, for example, for less money then going through INDOT," he said. "You may be able to get it done easier locally."
Dr. Griffey made a recommendation to approve an application to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security with matching grants for the installation of two new systems in the amount of $11,475. These systems have the ability to bring much security to Hope Elementary and Hauser Junior/Senior High School.
These security measures give both schools the capacity to screen people before they enter the buildings and the capacity to monitor door security across the entire school campus. "Our intent is for all doors to be deliberately and properly locked at all times," Dr. Griffey.
One system will notify school administrators and maintenance staff whenever an exterior door is not securely locked. The other system will allow school personnel visual and audio communication with all persons requesting entrance to the school prior to permitting that person into the building.
Jim Tedder made another recommended for contract with Robertson Paving in the amount of $8,700. Robertson Paving will be installing paving around Hope Elementary's gymnasium. "Mrs. Smith will be able to have more sidewalks and that will allow more cars to drop off in the morning," he said.
"This will only change how many children can be dropped off at a time," he said.
"We have almost 90 car riders this year, which is a lot, and is more than we've ever had," Smith said.
"The additional sidewalk area will also allow for more kids to be picked up at one time after school," Tedder added.
"We do anticipate this will really help," Griffey said.
Principal Price asked for the approval to take the Hauser Senior High School Band and Choir on a special trip. This is a four-year cumulative trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida that is open for every high school student in band or choir. "This is a great place to have fun and also to learn," Allison Anderson, Hauser Band Director, said.
This trip will be from June 8 to June 14, 2014, and a charter bus will be the mode of transportation. "I'm anticipating a total of about 45 people going, including students and chaperones," Anderson said.
The students have the opportunity to pay for their entire trip through fund raising; however, some of the families may opt to pay upfront instead. "Mrs. Anderson and the Hauser Band Boosters have worked hard to plan a safe, exciting and educational trip for our students," Price said.
Both Principal Price and Principal Smith made informative presentations to the School Board Trustees. Both educators are excited about new programs that are being implemented in their respective schools.
"We want to improve communication in three important ways," Price said.
One goal is to increase communications with parents. To do this, the Hauser will continue to depend on email dissemination of information and encourage parents to use Parent Portal, which was a success last school year as Hauser did not print report cards last year.
Parent Teacher Conferences, which will be on Oct. 3, will also be used to help discuss technology, dual credit opportunities for students, and general policy/procedure issues with parents.
Another goal is to help Hauser's junior and senior high students understand what appropriate digital communication looks like. In doing this, Price wants to inform the community about what is going on at Hauser.
A school messenger system is also coming soon and will be a good way to leave prerecorded voicemails about upcoming school-related events. For example, MCB Rollout is going to show kids how to use digital curriculum correctly, including social media forums like Facebook.
There will also be important lessons embedded in the curriculum. "Every teacher is expected to have a form of digital citizenship in their classroom," Price said.
There will also be resource lessons over appropriate use of digital communications, such as PEPC - Positive Behavior Supports Communication, and the students are interested in developing an electronic, student-created, school newsletter.
Price wants to reinforce the importance of community outreach, and Hauser will continue to support student and staff involvement in community-organized events. There will also be a regularly-updated school website.
Hauser High School students are already making great achievements this school year. The Hauser Marching Band just finished participation in both the Butler and IU Band Days over the last two weekends. "And, 14 of our seniors took part this past Monday in Bartholomew County Leadership Awards Days," Price said.
The development of a student service group comprised of mostly junior/seniors is another exciting aspect of the 2013-2014 school year as many students become involved in PCI - Project Community Impact.
Lisa Smith emphasized Hope Elementary School's Anti-Bullying Plan. On Sept. 10, the school sponsored a program for the whole elementary school, which featured a great motivational speaker, Jerry Ackerman.
"He did a parent presentation, although only one parent was present for some reason, and he gave two presentations to our students," Smith said.
"He also worked with 26 kids who will be a part of our Anti-Bullying Committee."
"We don't want kids to be a bystander, and Mr. Ackerman wanted the kids to know that bullying is also not a one time offense," she said.
"It is a continual thing, especially between the hours between 10 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. while Tweeting or on Facebook, Instagram and, now, ask.com where kids can ask very inappropriate questions and make very cruel statements."
Smith recommends continual monitoring by parents, grandparents and/or guardians. She also wants her students to think before they post. "What is posted NEVER goes away and is always somewhere in cyberspace."
Ackerman recommended that parents teach their children the very important three R's of bullying - Resist, Report and Reach out.
The student Anti-Bullying Committee will work throughout the school year on various bullying issues and have meetings once a month during lunch/recess time. They also decided they might like to have an Anti-Bullying Day every Wednesday and wear special orange t-shirts on those days.
Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 11:02:44 AM
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