Area schools look to join Dots in Blue Water

Authored by Manda Arnold on Jul 10, 2013

The South Adams School Board heard a report from this month’s Examples of Excellence, the Dots in Blue Water team during Tuesday evening’s regular school board meeting. Approximately 15 students and 11 adults made the trip to Haiti in June to bring clean water to the Haitians.
Along with cleaning and organizing the local mission where they stayed, the team distributed 85 family-size purifiers. Sixty-one of these went directly to Haitian families while the additional 24 were placed in a local store for distribution. Michael Baer also reported to the board that Adams Central, Bluffton, and Jay County schools have expressed interest in joining the Dots in Blue Water team next year. One teacher from Bluffton High School, Susan Ballinger, was already a part of this year’s team.
In facility news, Dave Vorhees reported that he has received two quotes for the cross country pavilion. Companies were asked to submit a cost for the building with an option for additional protection around the posts to keep vandalism away from the property. Limberlost Construction submitted a quote of $21,850 with an additional $4,500, and Marquis Builders submitted a bid of $21,896 with an additional $5.536.
Litwiller recommended that the board award the bid to Limberlost Construction and that $22,000 from leftover building construction be approved for the construction. The additional $5,000 could possibly come from the athletic boosters, who have already agreed to give $3,000 toward the project. The board unanimously approved Litwiller’s recommendation.
Vorhees also reported that both the home and visitor’s football concessions have been power washed and repainted. The pool has been drained. He stated that it needs grout in some areas and will have an acid bath before being refilled. He hopes to have the project finished by September. The roof project is going along very well and should be completed in two weeks.
The board approved the textbook rental fees for the 2013-14 school year. Fees will be kindergarten $71.86, first grade $139.17, second grade $119.37, third grade $101.69, fourth grade $93.57, fifth grade $89.31, sixth grade $108.80/$120.95 (band), and high school fees averaging $265-$285 depending on the student’s schedule.
In personnel news, the board approved one resignation, Ginger Roughia as middle school track coach. They approved several employments, Rachel Burkhead, high school volleyball varsity assistant (freshman); Patti Johnston, high school girls soccer assistant; Dianna Fox, middle school/high school cross country assistant; Nathan Rupp, middle school/high school cross country volunteer; Logan Steiner, middle school football assistant; Corey LeMaster, 8th grade boys basketball coach; Barry Humble high school wrestling head coach; and Josh Kimberlin, high school wrestling assistant.
The board approved a cell phone allowance for eight administrators and directors of South Adams who rely on their cell phones to conduct school business. They are Jason Arnold, Michelle Clouser, Mark Cook, Trent Lehman, Scott Litwiller, Shellie Miller, Jeff Rich, and Dave Vorhees. Employees will need to complete a request form and agree to abide by the school’s smart phone policy. They will then be reimbursed $30 per month.
Per a recent law passed by the General Assembly, the board made necessary adjustments to its Transfer Policy for Non-Resident Students. The law requires a school corporation to accept none or all non-resident transfers, with only a few exceptions where students can be excluded. The school corporation that chooses to accept non-resident transfers may no longer accept transfer students based on its own criteria. The few exceptions where students can be excluded deal mainly with students who were suspended or expelled for violating their previous schools drug or alcohol policies; for causing physical injury to a student, school employee, or visitor to the school; for possessing a firearm, deadly weapon, or destructive device; or who are transferring primarily for athletic reasons. The school may also not accept a transfer if there is no room for that student in their grade.
The board approved the maximum number of students at each grade level as 120 for K-3 and 140 for 4th through 12th grade. They also established the cut off date for transfers to match the date of the February 2013 count day.
In property news, Litwiller has contacted five brokers to date and asked them to respond to a questionnaire by Friday, July 19 to indicate their continued interesting in selling the property. He has one or two more that he is wanting to contact, but stated that all of the brokers seemed very interested and he expects a good response.
In other news,
- The board approved the School Resource Officer Agreement approved at last weeks Geneva Town Council meeting. The school will pay Geneva $35,580 (10 monthly payments of $3,558) for Officer Scott Dailey to work 45 hours per week for the length of the school year beginning August 12.
- Coach Clint Anderson was approved to take the cross country team to Chain O’Lakes State Park in Albion in early August for three nights.
- The board appointed board secretary Julie Mansfield as the Indiana School Board Association Legislative Designee.
- The board appointed Scott Litwiller as the Administration Representative of School Employees Benefit Trust.

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