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School board honors Marksmen b-ballers

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By STUART CASSIDY

Staff Writer

 

TELL CITY – Accolades were abounding Tuesday for those who School Superintendent John Scioldo heralded as “Tell City’s favorite sons.” With the Marksmen basketball team fresh off it’s first sectional title in more than a quarter century, and after a weekend that saw the boys knock off the top-ranked team in Class 2A, there has been much excitement abuzz in the community.

In the mantra, “For the city …” which was said at the victory pep-session before regionals, school board president Gregg Jarboe said the sentiment “spread like wildfire” as fervor grew, and the slogan was emblazoned onto T-shirts that were available for the regional games at Paoli. Several faculty at the board meeting Tuesday proudly adorned those shirts.

Addressing the individual members of the team, board member Rick May attributed the players’ feat as “magical,” providing a new generation of athletic successes for the school.

“It was a special time for a lot of people,” he lauded, noting the vast Tell City group at both Huntingburg and Paoli gyms. “There was a sea of red from the people in the stands.”

Calling on his own past, his senior year in 1973, which showcased a statebound Marksmen, May said the current team reinvigorates “the pride, the hope to the community,” that paves the way for continued successes.

“It brought a tear to my eye to see you guys win that sectional.” May said.

In other business, Laura Noble, William Tell Elementary principal, announced the school has employed new approaches toward emotional learning initiatives. Pairing the school’s Eli Lilly counseling grant with tools provided through the Southern Indiana Education Center, Noble said outside educators have been coming to the school to help students in “controlling and understanding the social-emotional aspects of their bodies” and how to make the best decisions in given situations. The techniques are reportedly structured to a student’s learning level.

Noble touted that the efforts are seemingly being well accepted into the curriculum, now in week two of the five-week process, and once the outside educators are finished, WTE teachers will incorporate some of those tools into their curriculum.

• Tell City School recently was awarded its share of state disbursed Teacher Appreciation Grant funds. In all, TC was awarded $41,566 which will be distributed among all teachers at the elementary and high school. Teachers rated as “effective” will earn stipends of $469.03 and those designated as “highly effective” will get $586.29. Administrators at each school and at the corporation office will see similar amounts, but that money will come form the general fund.