By Tim Pinkham Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — LOOGOOTEE — Because Loogootee School Corporation takes good care of the officials who work their games, two Loogootee High School seniors will receive $1,000 college scholarships April 5.
Thomas “Pace” Jenkins, a multi-sport official and Loogootee resident, announced the scholarships during Tuesday night’s Loogootee School Board meeting. He said members of the Southwestern Indiana Officials Association vote each year to give scholarships to one boy and one girl athlete from four schools in their area.
Jenkins said Loogootee just missed last year, finishing fifth in the voting. This year Loogootee was in the top four, along with Southridge, Forest Park and North Knox.
In other business, the school board reluctantly accepted the resignations of two long-time employees, which will be effective at the end of the school year. Ernie Martin, a high school engineering and technology teacher, has been at Loogootee for 41 years. Brenda Weisheit, a high school guidance secretary, has worked for the corporation 27 years.
Because of the unusual number of weather-related missed days of school, students will be attending past the May 23 graduation date. Make-up days of school will be May 27-30.
Superintendent Laura Mattingly said the valedictorian and salutatorian for the senior class are usually determined by the academic results for the entire year. However, due to the unusual circumstances this year, she asked the board to approve a one-time change in policy to allow the top two students to be determined by their grades as of May 2.
The board approved these coaching contracts for next school year: boys basketball, Mike Wagoner; girls basketball, Chad Wade; boys tennis, Rick Graves; girls volleyball, Doug Denson; co-ed cross country, Adam Tompkins; cheerleading, Hannah Kidwell; and dance team, Tiffany Lingenfelter and Amber Smith.
After the meeting, High School Principal John Mullen reminded the board that he, Intermediate School Principal Lacey Wade and four teachers will be traveling to Sweden from March 27 to April 4.
In October 2013, five teachers from Vallentuna High School in Vallentuna, Sweden, visited Loogootee schools for about a week.
The visits are part of a Global Teacher Exchange Program between the two schools.