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March 19, 2014

ND to extend school day from April 7 to May 7

The North Daviess school board met Monday evening and approved the resignations and retirement of three employees. Jim Kane will be retiring from his position as custodian on May 2. Kane was hired in September 2002. Mara McCrary, a network administrator, resigned on Feb. 28. McCrary had been with the corporation since March 2007. Ron Knepp resigned from his position as girls varsity basketball coach. Knepp had served as the head coach for five years.

Superintendent Bob Bell said the corporation was reimbursed $37,902.95 from the state for free and reduced textbooks and the figure was about 98 percent of the submitted claim.

Board members also approved an agreement with Pace Community Action Agency to provide Head Start preschool at North Daviess Elementary. It was also decided that the corporation would not be offering driver’s education classes this year. Bell said that only seven students had signed up for the courses and to break even, the school would have to charge those students $600 for the class. The drop in enrollment, Bell said, may be caused by the ability for students to take a portion of the course online. He also said that two other schools offered driver’s education in the summer for students from all corporations.

A recommendation to repair the tennis courts was also brought before the board. The cost for the project was estimated to be about $30,000. The board also approved an overnight stay in Evansville for members of the varsity softball team who will be playing in the Evansville Central Tourney May 9-10.

In other business, some adjustments were made to the school calendar. The last one hour extended day for students will be April 4 but the board approved a recommendation to add 16 minutes to the school day from April 7 until May 7 in lieu of attending school on May 27.

North Daviess Elementary Principal Jodi Berry said that students had completed the ISTEP applied skills portion of the test and that students in third grade would be taking the IREAD3 online test today. ISTEP multiple choice portion will be conducted April 28-May 13. Core Link testing for grades three through six will be May 12.

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