Board limits insurance participation at SA

Authored by Manda Arnold on Apr 13, 2012

Upon the recommendation of superintendent Scott Litwiller, the South Adams School Board unanimously approved a resolution stating that classified employees hired after May 1, 2012 have the opportunity to participate in the school group health insurance plan but will not receive a school-paid fringe benefit towards the health insurance premium unless they work at least 30 hours per week and at least 200 days per school year.
Litwiller made the recommendation due to the somewhat uncertain financial future and the reorganization of the Adams Wells Special Services Cooperative, which will add eight teachers and 12 teacher’s aides to the school’s workforce. The vote to reorganize looks to happen in the near future, possibly as soon Friday morning. Litwiller stressed that there will be no change in services because of the reorganizing of the Adams Wells Special Services Cooperative.
Litwiller also presented the board with a possible Alternative Education Program. Over the past 18 months, Litwiller stated that he has had some casual conversations with board members about starting an alternative classroom at South Adams. After visiting North Adams and Jay County and observing their alternative classrooms, he said that he was not sure South Adams could sustain an alternative program or have the expertise to set it up the way it should be set up. He did recognize that the need for such a program exists within the community.
In February, Litwiller, high school principal Trent Lehman, and middle school principal Jeff Rich, along with administrators from Adams Central and North Adams met with representatives of The Crossing, a faith-based, alternative school fully accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. It is a private school, but it works with the community’s public school. Even though the students are serviced at The Crossing’s campus, they are enrolled in the public school.
The Crossing would need a guarantee of 25 students, but all of those students would not have to come from South Adams. There is also the possibility of working with neighboring schools in Adams County and possibly Wells and Jay County.
Litwiller stated that he would like to bring The Crossing’s director Rob Staley to the board for a presentation in the near future.
In sports news, the athletic department presented the spring sport participation numbers. In high school, 143 out of 370 students or 39 percent are participating in a spring sport. This is only down one percentage point from last year’s numbers. Middle school spring sports participation is down five percentage points from last year. Out of the 331 middle school students, 55 (17 percent) are participating in a spring sport. However, the only spring sport offered for middle school students is track. The elementary camps and clinics also presented good figures. The baseball academy had 88 participants, the swimming stroke clinic registered 86 students, and the softball camp had 56 girls.
In personnel news, the board approved the retirement of three elementary teachers. Dawn Smith, a fifth grade elementary teacher and Linda McKean, a fourth grade elementary teacher will retire effective at the end of the school year. Kathy Pfeifer, an elementary art teacher will retire effective April 30.
The board also approved the resignations of Nicole Grandlinard as a part-time Waterford/Rosetta Stone aide, effective April 5; Ryan Cunningham as girls varsity head basketball coach; Dean Stahly as freshman boys basketball coach; Tanya Fox as varsity cheerleading coach; and Kristi Cressman as JV cheerleading coach.
Finally, the board recognized Gary McMillan, Jerod Daily, and their six students who are participating in the State Skills USA Contest in Indianapolis this weekend.


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