Staff, students praised at JCD meeting

Beth Rumsey

Jac-Cen-Del school nurse Marla Thompson and several other staff members were recognized for their work in running the recent flu clinics at the regular board meeting on Wednesday, December 16. According to elementary school principal Leanna Phillippe, community volunteers helped the students through the tough moments before the shot.

Phillippe also reported that the elementary students collected a truck and trailer load of non-perishable items for the Osgood food pantry. JCDES staff held a cookie exchange, including extras that were sent to the troops. Postage was provided by the student council and staff members.

Speech/Pathologist specialist Dana Weber updated the board on her job responsibilities. According to Weber, she works with students from both the elementary and the high school. She works with the 65 students independently as well as in groups.

Weber explained that the students are recommended by parents, teachers, or sometimes doctors. Students are tested and a case conference is held prior to receiving services.

Superintendent Bill Narwold announced two student teachers will begin second semester. Jesse McClure from Purdue University will assist in the math department and Becky Roepke from St. Mary-of-the-Woods will be working with Sue Dixon in the kindergarten class.

The “I Caught You” award was presented to Cynthia Rimstidt, guidance office administrative assistant. She was recognized for her professionalism and efficiency as well as her willingness to go above and beyond to help the staff and students.

In other business:

• The temporary contract for Tammy Halcomb was approved. Halcomb will cover the maternity leave for Sarah Jaisle through the end of the first semester.

• The three year contract for property, liability, umbrella, and workman’s compensation was awarded to MainSource Insurance.

• The board unanimously approved the Local Public Agency Project Coordination Contract. Funds were awarded by Safe Routes to School to construct and repair sidewalks, install ADA ramps, pavement markings, and safety signs connecting the schools with local businesses and residential districts.

All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at the Southeastern Career Center beginning at 7 p.m.