Storm doesn't stop budget adoption

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By Janet Robb

Perry Central's 2009 fiscal plan wins approval

LEOPOLD - Even though classes were canceled early this week because of Sunday's storm, the Perry Central School Board met Monday evening to adopt the district's 2009 budget and passed several resolutions.

Members adopted a general budget of $8.2 million for 2009, along with money for capital projects, transportation and bus replacement. Resolutions included plans for bus replacements and capital projects.

State testing was supposed to start Monday for third through eighth grades and Tuesday for 10th-graders but with classes canceled, testing was postponed until classes resumed Wednesday.

In a press release from the Indiana Department of Education, several schools were closed because of Sunday's storm and the state is working with school corporations on when testing can resume.

Perry Central Superintendent Mary Roberson said Wednesday the testing window for the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus ends Sept. 26 and they started testing when classes resumed.

The education department release said if classes could be held Wednesday, the Graduation Qualifying Exam for 10th-graders could be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. With several students still without power and absent, Roberson said they have received permission from the state to hold the GQE Monday through Wednesday.

In addition to canceling classes, the storm also blew out some of the windows in the school's dome. Roberson said school officials have been planning to replace the windows and wasn't shocked that the storm blew some out.

To repair the damage, the board reviewed quotes from Keusch Glass Inc. and Architectural Sales. Keusch submitted a quote for $106,613 while Architectural Sales bid $166,060 on the job.

Members gave Roberson permission to take these quotes and go into negotiations. She also said the board is allowing her to spend money when it's available to fix the windows.

The meeting also served as a public meeting to discuss an Indiana Department of Environmental Management grant to purchase equipment for the community. Roberson said the Perry County Solid Waste Management District would match funds if the school receives the grant. With no comments from community members, the board passed a resolution to apply for the IDEM grant.

Students in seventh through 12th grades will take home parental consent forms for drug testing this week she said. The forms will be due Oct. 1 with testing to begin soon after, Roberson added, saying students who drive to school or are part of extracurricular activities must submit to random drug and alcohol screening.

In other business several personnel changes were made. Dayna Hinton and Julie Duke-Hubert were hired as part-time instructional assistants. With the resignation of Bob Ransome as assistant varsity baseball coach, Gary Hanan will take his place and Phil Zellers will take the assistant-coach position. Debbie Dauby will coach eighth-grade girls basketball and the high-school math academic team, Ty Guillaume will coach the social-studies team and Stephanie Walsh will coach the science team.

The board also accepted the resignations of Angie Hill as instructional assistant and Colette Cunningham as eighth-grade girls basketball coach. Melissa James will coach sixth-grade girls basketball with Chris Hubert coaching the seventh-grade girls basketball team.

The board approved several personnel recommendations at their August meeting, including instructional assistants and coaches. Allison Underhill was hired as a part-time Title 1 assistant with Sarah Barnett hired as an instructional assistant. She will work five hours in elementary special needs and two hours in physical education.

Guillaume was hired as assistant varsity cross country coach with Jane Goffinet named junior high cross country coach. The resignation of Jacob Schwartz as an assistant junior-high coach for cross country was also granted, as was Bob Linne's request to step down as sixth grade boys basketball coach so he could assume the job as seventh-grade boys coach.

Andrew Devillez's employment as an after-school tutor was granted, with high-school students Chelsea Hendrix, Logan Shearn, Shelby Wright, Megan Bartlett and Amanda Faulkenberg serving as Lights-On assistants.