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January 11, 2013

Barr-Reeve School Board handles new business

Tax Referendum Open Meeting on Jan. 22

MONTGOMERY — New officers were elected at the first meeting of the Barr-Reeve Community Schools Board of School Trustees, with Joe Cummings serving as president, Scott Lottes as vice president, and Galen Graber as secretary for 2013.

In addition, in a Board of Finance meeting, Cummings was elected president and Graber secretary. Graber was reelected to the board in the November general election, so he was given the oath of office, as well.

In other new-year business, the board approved a resolution to transfer and encumber appropriations. The move allows the corporation treasurer to move unspent, unencumbered funds from 2012 to the 2013 books, according to Superintendent Travis Madison. He said money is not moved between funds; it stays in the same fund but may be moved from one use to another within the fund to keep everything “in the black.”

Madison gave the board members detailed information on the end-of-year transfers, which they approved, along with the ECA treasurer’s report.

In other new business, the board accepted a field trip as educational. Stephanie O’Brian will take band members to the Rhythm Discovery Center in Indianapolis today, and they’ll also hear the Indianapolis Symphony. Funds for the field trip were donated by Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

Chastity Sward and Aaron Ash were approved to attend Harmony training at North Daviess Elementary School Tuesday. Six other teachers also were approved for professional development: Gwen Graber, Abbie Swartzentruber, Susan Jacobs, Kerri Boyd, Annetta Graber and Tracey Nowaskie will attend the annual textbook fair in Huntingburg Feb. 5.

Under personnel, the board accepted the retirement letter of Jean Hand, who has taught at Barr-Reeve for 27 years. The board members expressed their thanks and best wishes to Hand. She’s the seventh teacher to accept a $25,000 retirement incentive.

“She’s done a wonderful job for us,” said Madison, who had Hand in fourth grade and whose child also had her as a teacher last year.

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