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New Students Bolster CAB Enrollment
November 7, 2007 - The Charles A. Beard School Board dealt with a number of issues at its last meeting in addition to the climactic 4-3 vote that defeated an effort to return CAB's insurance business to the local agency dropped this summer for one in New Castle.
Interim Superintendent Ray Pavy advised the board at its October 16 meeting that CAB's final student count for purposes of determining how much financial support will be received from the state was 1,361 on September 14. He said this represents an increase of 17 students over last year's count.
Business Manager David Bundy told the board that the Department of Local Government Finance will not hold local budget hearings with CAB and other area school corporations until after certified assessed property values have been received from counties. He said that for the 2007 budget, assessed values for Henry County were not certified until the spring, but Pavy added that he thought both Henry and Rush counties would be finished by late November.
The board was also advised by Bundy that proposals from area insurance agencies wanting to represent CAB would be due November 6. He said he planned to present these proposals to the board at its November 20 meeting, along with bids for snow removal.
In personnel matters, the board granted a request for maternity leave for an unnamed teacher and approved making Lisa Wells a permanent bus driver. The board also approved the resignation of KHS media aide Karen Trent and the hiring of Marilyn Thompson to replace her.
The board also approved the appointment of three wrestling coaches. J.B. Muncy will be the head wrestling coach at Knightstown High School and Knightstown Intermediate School, and Matt Kennedy and Jon Wagner, were approved, respectively, as Muncy's assistant coaches at KHS and KIS.
The board approved adoption of a policy that allows CAB to charge 10 cents per page for copies of public records, and $2 for official academic transcripts for former students. The board also voted to approve changes on two pages of staff handbooks for Carthage and Kennard elementaries.
The board voted to allow a KHS student to graduate a year early. However, the board's decision was conditioned on the student completing all required coursework and being accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning by April 10.
KIS teacher Tom Crawford, president of CAB's Classroom Teachers Association, addressed the board briefly about the need to rehire a social worker for the elementary schools. In response to a request made by a board member at a prior meeting, he provided information he said demonstrated the need for a social worker.
Board member Ron Womack asked for an update on a question asked by a parent the month before about the lack of fencing along the State Road 109-facing side of the Knightstown Elementary playground. Pavy said he is still looking into this issue and that it could be three to four months before he gets an answer.
Board member Debi Ware remarked that several teachers commented to her about the good job Christie Brokamp, the new principle at Knightstown Elementary, is doing. "Everyone is giving her great, high marks," she said. Board member Leah Kopp added that Brokamp told her that school board members are doing a good job and that she appreciates all that board members do.
In other matters, Pavy recognized the Knighstown American Legion Post 152 for allowing use of their facility for the KHS Principal Coffee each month. He also extended recognition to all students and staff for their work during ISTEP + testing, and thanked Jane Selvidge for her work during the Knightstown Elementary Book Fair.
Pavy also paid tribute to former Knightstown Elementary Principal Tony Triarsi, who died October 5, saying Triarisi had been a "caring, devoted educator" who "touched many lives." Pavy said he was proud of the way CAB staff reached out to help the Triarsi family after their loss, and said that a scholarship will be established by the family in Triarsi's memory.
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