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 Staffing Changes Coming to CAB

July 8, 2009 - Several staffing changes for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year were announced last week during a special meeting of the Charles A. Beard School Board.

Superintendent Gary Storie provided board members with a handout at the June 30 meeting showing the changes, several of which will affect Knightstown and Carthage elementary schools. At Knightstown Elementary, the changes will affect six different teaching positions, while two positions will be affected at Carthage.

Carissa Brammer, who had taught fifth grade at Knightstown Intermediate School, will now teach second grade at Knightstown, while Knightstown teachers Kristin Crawford, Jana Burton and Cindy Cox will leave their respective positions teaching first, second and third grade. Crawford will become a third grade teacher, while both Burton and Cox will move to the fourth grade.

While the above staffing changes did not require the school board's approval, two positions at Knightstown Elementary did because Storie said they qualified as "new hires." Emily McCorkle, who had previously taught kindergarten at Kennard Elementary, will teach first grade at Knightstown, and Tisha Shultz, who had taught first grade at Kennard last year, will teach third grade at Knightstown.

At Carthage Elementary, Beth Childress, formally a Title I teacher, will become a second grade teacher. Dee Scheumann, who had taught third grade at Knightstown, will take over the Title I duties.

Other staffing changes included making Cindy Barber the head cook at Knightstown High School, and making Gail Trueblook a line cook there. Also, Jack Barber was switched from a custodian at KHS to an evening shift at Knightstown Elementary.

Storie told the board that the staffing changes had allowed two full-time positions to be eliminated: a custodian at KHS, and a full-time line cook at KHS. There are still one or two full-day kindergarten teaching positions, as well as a five-hour line cook job at Kennard and a three-hour line cook job at KHS that may need to be filled.

The board also voted last week to approve Cindy Hammer's appointment as varsity volleyball coach at KHS. Hammer, who replaces lay coach Chris Underwood, had previously coached the sport at Knightstown Intermediate School.

In other business, the board voted to approve CAB's participation in the federal Title I program that provides educational funding for schools that have a certain percentage of students who receive free or reduced-price lunches. With Knightstown Elementary now having enough of these students to qualify, Storie said all three of CAB's elementary schools will be eligible to share the Title I funds, an estimated $191,000, CAB is expected to receive.

The board also OK'd transferring a $13,112 appropriation in CAB's budget for elementary summer school to an allocation for remediation that will be provided throughout the year. Storie said that doing this will allow CAB to spend approximately $19,000 in grant funds that were received for remediation services.

Storie advised the board that he and Facilities Director Mike McKillip have begun meeting with architectural firms interested in working with CAB on facility improvements. He said four firms have been interviewed, and that they would meet with two more in the following week.

The board was also advised that CAB is looking at other options for providing long-term disability insurance for employees. Storie said CAB had previously obtained this coverage through the Indiana State Teachers Association, which, as of Aug. 1, will no longer provide it.


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