SCHOOL NEWS: Another retirement; personnel changes; surprise reimbursement

Board approves fourth teacher retirement notice

Brown County Schools had few takers when they offered $10,000, and then $20,000, to teachers to retire. Just one more teacher has joined the three who had already announced they were retiring at the end of the year.

Sprunica Elementary School science teacher Barbara Young decided to take the retirement incentive.

She had suggested to the school board on July 1 that they consider raising the incentive to $20,000, and after the meeting, Hammack and the board decided to do that, Hammack said. Still, no other teachers besides Young were interested. So the board brought the incentive back down to the $10,000 level and approved paying it to four teachers: Jeff Lepore, Donna Duff, Sarah Burke and Young.

Young’s job at Sprunica will be filled with an existing teacher — Brenda Krieger, who had just been appointed science teacher at Van Buren earlier this summer.

The plan is to fill Krieger’s Van Buren science job with the Van Buren teacher who had been slotted to teach PE and art, and to fill that Van Buren PE/art job with a paraprofessional, Hammack said.

“It is an absolute saving for the district,” she said.

School board approves personnel changes

The Brown County School Board of Trustees approved the following June 15:

  • Consultative services between Bob Harris and Brown County Schools. Harris will continue to advise the school district on budget and business issues as an independent consultant instead of with Educational Services, Superintendent Laura Hammack said. To save money, the school district chose not to fill the assistant superintendent job after Dennis Goldberg passed away last year; the board is using Harris instead on budgetary and business matters.
  • Pat Mulryan, Sue Thompson and Cheryl Wyman to work at Brown County Junior High School registration Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $10 per hour.
  • Transferring unencumbered cash balances from the transportation fund to the rainy day fund for budget year 2017. This transfer was done to help with the “squaring of accounts” and to fix imbalances in food service and pensions.
  • The retirement notice of Barbara Young, effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. This includes a request for VEBA Bridge Coverage.
  • Separating BCJHS eighth-grade volleyball coach Emma Totten, effective immediately. This was not a termination.
  • Separating Brown County Intermediate School after-school supervisor Samantha Prather, effective May 26. This was not a termination.
  • Separating Brown County Schools special needs bus driver Mark Winters, effective immediately. This was not a termination. Leslie Dras was appointed to replace him, full-time with benefits, $82 per day, 187 days, effective Aug. 9.
  • Separating Brown County High School cafeteria worker Gina Coughenour, effective immediately. This was not a termination.
  • Separating Helmsburg Elementary School teacher Sara Draper, effective end of 2016-2017 school year. This is not a termination.
  • Appointing BCJHS Robotics Club sponsor Dan Lewellen, $684 stipend.
  • Appointing BCJHS National Science Olympiad coach Erich Nolan, $684 stipend.
  • Appointing fifth-grade girls volleyball coach Jacob Koressel, $993 stipend.
  • Appointing fifth-grade boys basketball coach Justin Dodd, $993 stipend.
  • Appointing fifth-grade girls basketball coach Kady Lane, $993 stipend.
  • Appointing sixth-grade girls basketball coach Ryan Oliver, $993 stipend.
  • Appointing sixth-grade boys basketball coach Ryan Oliver, $993 stipend.
  • Appointing junior varsity boys head track coach Matt Williams, $2,234 stipend.
  • Appointing sixth-grade girls volleyball coach Eric Fohl, $993 stipend.
  • Appointing HES instructional technology coach Olivia Hobbs (shared with Natalie Robison), $2,226 stipend.
  • Appointing HES instructional team leader Brenda Ely (shared with Staci Harden), $2,226 stipend.
  • Appointing HES Math Bowl coach Jill Miller, $559 stipend.
  • Appointing HES Spell Bowl coach Olivia Hobbs, $559 stipend.
  • Appointing HES Science Bowl sponsor Brenda Ely, $559 stipend. Ely also will be the science fair coordinator for a $868 stipend.
  • Appointing HES high ability coach Alyssa Stanley, $2,226 stipend.
  • Appointing Sprunica Elementary School preschool teacher Daisha Holt, full-time with benefits, $15 per hour, 184 days per year, effective Aug. 7. She is a replacement for Allison Crenshaw.
  • Transferring Renee Seacat, BCS administrative assistant to the superintendent, to payroll specialist/deputy treasurer, full-time with benefits, $47,000 per year, 260 days per year, effective June 12. She is a replacement for Julia Smith.
  • Transferring Julie Emkes, SES special education paraprofessional, to transportation department administrative assistant, full-time with benefits, $32,500 per year, effective June 5, as a replacement for Lenora Mathena. In the same meeting she was appointed to that job, Emkes was transferred out of the transportation department to BCS administrative assistant to the superintendent, full-time with benefits, $42,000 per year, 260 days per year, effective June 12. She will replace Renee Seacat in the superintendent’s office.
  • Transferring Jannaka Oliver, SES health/office assistant, to transportation department administrative assistant, full-time with benefits, $32,500 per year, 260 days per year, effective June 12. She is a replacement for Julie Emkes.
  • Transferring Monica Feikema, Van Buren Elementary School preschool paraprofessional, to VBE preschool teacher, full-time with benefits, $17 per hour, 184 days per year, effective Aug. 7. She is a replacement for Kelly Harmon.
  • Transferring Brandi Lunsford, HES special education paraprofessional, to HES preschool teacher, full-time with benefits, $15 per hour, 184 days per year, effective Aug. 7. She is a replacement for Teresa Love.
  • Transferring Jason Kirchhofer, BCJHS football assistant coach, to BCHS varsity football assistant coach, $3,324 stipend. He is a replacement for Michael Carney.
  • Transferring Jay Myers, BCHS assistant track coach, to BCHS varsity girls track coach, $4,013 stipend. He is a replacement for Rob Abraham.
  • Transferring Kirk Wrightsman, BCHS assistant track coach, to BCHS varsity boys track coach, $4,013 stipend. He is a replacement for Rob Abraham.
  • Transferring Emily Roberts, SES paraprofessional, to SES preschool teacher, full-time with benefits, $15 per hour, 184 days per year, effective Aug. 7. She is a replacement for Vickie Burns.
  • Transferring Brenda Krieger, VBE science teacher, to SES science teacher. She is a replacement for Barb Young.

District gets money from special education co-op

Brown County Schools will receive a one-time, $45,000 credit for being a member of the Bartholomew County special education co-op program.

Superintendent Laura Hammack announced June 15 that the special education co-op has developed a cash balance and is redistributing the balance to member school districts through a proportionate share.

The money will be taken off of the bill the school district owes Bartholomew County for being a member of the co-op. It will be a savings for the district’s general fund.

As a member of the co-op, Brown County Schools is able to get services to help students who have disabilities, including vision impairments, autism and physical therapy.

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Sara Clifford has been raising a family in Brown County since 2005 and leading the Brown County Democrat since late 2009. In addition to editor, she is the beat reporter for town government and writes columns, features and general news stories.