Perry Central charts plans for stimulus money for Title 1, special-ed programs

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By Vince Luecke

LEOPOLD - Perry Central Community Schools will receive about $270,000 in extra funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed this spring by President Barack Obama.

The federal stimulus money making its way to Hoosier communities will support Title 1 and special-education programs, members of the district's board learned last Monday. An extra $200,000 is expected to fund special-education programs and another $70,000 for Title 1, which provides supplemental funds to school districts to help them meet educational goals, including improving reading skills.

Perry Central educators plan to put the funds to good use but realize the extra financial support won't be long term.

"All of us know the stimulus funds will be here one, maybe two years," Schools Superintendent Mary Roberson said.

Decisions on whether schools receive a second year of funding will depend on how well programs did in the first year. Effectiveness and creativity are two factors that will rank high when decision-makers allocate money for the second year.

Teacher Retirements

The board approved retirement requests by two teachers, Ruth Lueken and Francie Wagner, both of whom will step down at the end of the current school year.

Other personnel moves include the granting of maternity leave to Assistant Superintendent Tara Bishop and the resignation of Susie Knox as co-sponsor of the school's National Honor Society. Joe LaGrange was appointed driver's education instructor and Greg and Bo Gibson were named junior high softball coaches.

Field Trip Requests

As the end of the school year nears, students will be taking field trips. First-graders will go to Evansville and Mesker Park Zoo May 15, while Jamie Guillaume and her elementary student council will peruse books at Barnes and Noble May 8. Elementary Principal Ray James will accompany students receiving Up in One, Down in None Awards to Barnes and Noble May 15. Presented by Perry Central's Optimist Club, the awards go to students who improve their grade in at least one class while not going down in any others.

In other business, the board:

• Adopted high-school social-studies textbooks.

• Approved a supplemental contract for High School Principal Jackie Wright to perform technology upgrades. Money will come from a capital-projects fund.