By Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — ELNORA — The North Daviess School Board met Monday night and discussed the settlement the corporation recently received after Secretary of State Connie Lawson filed a lawsuit on behalf of the 27 schools affected by the mishandling of funds placed in an insurance fund by Indiana State Teachers Association and National Education Association. North Daviess was awarded $286,499 and Superintendent Robert Bell said that the funds can be used to pay the attorney fees in connection with the four- year-old lawsuit and the remaining money should be used to help cover the cost of providing medical benefits to staff.
After much discussion, members of the board decided to speak to legal counsel before finalizing the plan to use the remainder of the funds to defray the cost of health insurance.
House Bill 1260 states allows that school corporations cannot pay more than 12 percent over the cost for the average health care plan and members of the school board agreed that it was important to be sure that the plan would meet the letter of the law before having it approved. Bell said the plan would help to start the transition of everyone paying the same for health insurance.
In other business, Adam Carroll and Lucas Swartzentruber as assistants to the baseball program. Carroll and Swartzentruber will share two assistant stipends with Bob Buehler who was approved as an assistant earlier this year.
Bell also recommended that all administrators be awarded a one year contract extension and a 1.76 percent stipend.
Members of the board will hold a separate meeting before approving the stipends and contract extensions that would run through the 2015-2016 school year.
The field trip request for Amy Dedina and Deanne Mayfield to take five students on an overnight trip to Fort Wayne for All-State Choir next month was also approved. Anna Mayfield, Renee Rink, Brytni Bray, Ben Lacy, and Megan Osmon will take part in rehearsals and a performance Jan. 23- 25.
North Daviess Elementary Principal Jodi Berry said the elementary Spell Bowl tam recently finished second in their division and region. The school will also be hosting its second annual Pint-Size Hero Blood Drive in late Jan.
Berry said the blood drive is an educational program and the Red Cross will come to the elementary after Christmas break and explain to students the importance of the donating blood. The students will take materials home to their families and encourage their families to donate blood.
Jed Jerrells said that the junior/senior high will be hosting a Senior Financial Aid Night on Jan. 13. All seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Matt Krieg a member of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association will be on hand to go over different types of financial aid and how to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
The next school board meeting will also be held on Jan. 13.