ELNORA — North Daviess schools are working on finalizing a few things before the start of school on Aug. 23. During Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Jodi Berry announced new student registration will take place Aug. 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Aug. 3 from noon to 7 p.m., returning students can register.
Berry said while construction is still taking place, things will be ready for students in about a month. To help make way for the new equipment and furniture, the school corporation will be auctioning off some of the old items. An open house, so the community can see the new media center, multi-purpose area and more, will also take place although no date has been set.
The school board accepted the resignations of junior high teacher and baseball coach Steve McNabb as well elementary food service employee Cara Ault and junior-senior high food service employee Shannon Meadows.
Robin Strange was hired to be the director for the KEY program while Brittany Kidwell was named the new K-6 social worker and Heather Montgomery and Sarah Wesner will serve as behavior interventionists. All of those position will be paid for through Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief program.
Addy Wesner was also added as a junior-senior high math teacher. Velma Parker will be a Title I paraprofessional and homeless liaison on a part-time basis and Melanie Collins, Valerie Flinn, Stephanie Otto and Anna Vaught were hired to help with food service.
A dozen new desks will be purchased from Lee Company for some teachers in both the junior high and elementary. Those desks cost $14,647. TechRefurb will supply 15 Project Lead the Way desktop computers and monitor replacements for $9,200. New office furniture for the cafeteria office will be ordered from Hudson’s in Washington for $6,351.92.
Berry also said sidewalks along the east side of the building will be extended and replaced once final quotes are in. The project could cost up to $65,000 for the removal and replacement of the current concrete. The work will also include ADA compliant ramps.
Contracts with Youth First to provide a social worker to students were renewed for three years. Pay will be $26,428 for the upcoming school year and will raise to no more than $37,703 the following year and no more than $39,023 in 2023-2024.
As part of the COVID stipends, all full-time employees employed through May 26, who worked at least 120 days will receive a stipend of $1,200 in recognition of the increase in employee work time and effort due to the pandemic. Part-time employees employed last school year will receive a $600 stipend. Employees with dual responsibilities will receive one stipend — the one greater in value.
Textbook rental and fees were also set for the upcoming school year. While prices vary for junior-senior high school students based on the classes they take, fees for the elementary are as follows: kindergarten ($114), first grade ($145), second grade ($137), third grade ($126), fourth grade ($128), fifth grade ($130) and sixth grade ($126).
Savvas, formerly known as Pearson, will be providing books for third grade English and language arts for the next four years as well as social studies for second through fifth grade students for six years and econ, government, psychology and U.S. and world history for high school students for the next six years.
TCI will offer first grade social studies for the next six years and McGraw Hill will offer seventh and eighth grade social studies for the next six years.
A $50 donation from Rotha and Kenneth Hudson for the North Daviess Fellowship of Christian Athletes was accepted.
The next school board meeting will be Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. with a work session on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. along with a tour of the construction. A hearing on the school budget is also slated for Aug. 16.