High School principal retires
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Johnny Budd is the new principal for the Jac-Cen-Del Junior Senior
High School. Budd, who was the assistant principal, replaces Ray
Ratledge who stepped down December 21 because of health reasons.
It was an emotional evening for both men at the December JCD School
Budd said, I have mixed emotions. I have lost a colleague,
friend and mentor. It is sad for me, but I thank you for your
confidence in me.
All of the school board members expressed their appreciation to
Ratledge for his service and dedication to JCD and wished Budd
well as he takes over the position of principal.
Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School Principal, Leanna Phillippe, gave
a Power Point presentation on ISTEP+. Phillippe reported most
grade levels did see an increase in reading and math scores. We
were pleased to see an increase in the writing prompt. Primary
special education continues to maintain scores. We saw a decrease
in grade four and intermediate special education. Math will be
the focus of our ISTEP+ analysis in January.
Superintendent Bill Narwold reported that 60 students have signed
up for drivers education. Because of some training sessions
held by Leanna Phillippe on substitute teaching, eight new applications
have been sent off. He also advised the receipt of monies from
the state. The Full Day Kindergarten grant of $53,868.00 was received
and the textbook reimbursement from the state was 100% reimbursed
JCDs basketball teams are highly rated. The boys team is
ranked #1 in the state and the girls team is #2. They are undefeated.
The I Caught You award was presented to Kelvin Comer.
Comer made wooden military soldiers for each branch of the service
and they were presented to military personnel who attended the
Veterans Day program.
Congratulations were given to Mr. Thole and the Jac-Cen-Del Robotics
Team, who recently competed in a statewide contest. Justin Stepleton
placed third in the Autonomous Division, Ethan Hess and Josh Obermeyer
placed first in the Radio Controlled Division with a special recognition
to Hess for remaining undefeated in all 15 of his matches and
for being the overall top scorer in the whole contest.
A projector valued at $1,000 was donated to the school from the
Virtual Academy. The school board agreed to an Inter-Local Agreement
with the Indiana Virtual Academy. The academy is located at the
Versailles Career Center. They had more than 1,000 students taking
classes this summer and is considered the premiere academy in
Treasurer Ruth Ann Peetz reported several tax amounts have been
received from the county auditor: $68,373 for property tax replacement,
$13,454 for vehicle excise tax and $43,429 for financial institutions.
The full amount from property tax should be received on December
31. On January 1, the new State Board of Accounts computer system
goes into effect.