School Board Approves DeKalb Central Summer School Plans | The star

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WATERLOO – The DeKalb Central School Board on Tuesday approved summer school plans for elementary, middle and high schools in the district.

Summer school students will be required to take classes in person. All COVID-19 safety guidelines will remain in effect and change as necessary, based on guidelines from the DeKalb County Department of Health and the Indiana State Department of Health, the Deputy Superintendent said. Lori Vaughn.

The remedial classes for summer schools in primary and middle school will take place from June 1 to 25. Student breakfasts and lunches as well as transportation will be provided. Elementary summer school will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. The college summer school will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The elementary course offering will include reading, literature and mathematics. The college’s course offerings will be Language Arts and Mathematics.

Plans are subject to change, pending registration numbers and staff availability, Vaughn noted.

The council also authorized Vaughn to send and hire the necessary staff for the programs. At the elementary level, this includes up to 15 certified teachers, eight paraprofessionals, a school nurse and a clerk. The college’s program staff includes up to nine certified teachers, nine paraprofessionals, a school nurse, and a clerk.

The high school summer school will take place from June 1 to 28 with morning sessions from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon sessions from 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Transportation will be provided for the morning sessions, with the transportation for afternoon sessions. be determined at a later date, the board heard.

Credit recovery courses will be offered in Algebra I and II; English 9, 10, 11 and 12; and geometry. Economy and government will be available for the promotion of 2022 and sixth semester graduates. Other course offerings include an advanced orchestra; health; physical education I and II; and supervised agricultural experience.

The board approved the assignment and hiring of up to 20 teachers and three paraprofessionals for the high school course offering.

Vaughn said the district hoped to let parents know around the beginning of May if their children were recommended to undergo rehabilitation programs.

• The board voted in favor of a donation of $ 11,400 to the sports department of DeKalb Middle School from Kelly York of The North Eastern Group realty and Steve Hostetter of mortgage lender Bailey & Wood.

The donation will be used to purchase a scorer’s table and 50 chairs that will be used during the school’s indoor sports seasons. In return for the donation, the council granted a request for York and Hostetter to advertise their business services on the table.

• The council voted to accept four Come Back Stronger grants awarded to the District Preschool Program of Early Learning Indiana and supported by the Lilly Endowment. The preschool programs at Country Meadow, JR Watson and McKenney-Harrison Elementary Schools will each receive $ 9,000. The Waterloo preschool class will receive $ 13,500.

The grant opportunity was created in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to support early learning facilities and classrooms, the council said.

• The board approved the purchase of 1,000 Chromebooks from Trafera, formerly Firefly Computers, for $ 266,000. The new Chromebooks will restock student devices that will be retired, District CFO Steve Snider said.

While Trafera was the sole bidder on the project, it is one with which the district has “a big history,” Snider said.

• The district will use May 27 as a make-up day for February 17 when schools were closed for a snowy day.

• Council approved a $ 1 per diem fee increase for the district preschool. The fees for 2021-2022 will be $ 12 per day for a full-wage student, $ 6 per day for a half-wage student; and free for eligible students.

• Council voted to add an additional full-time staff member to the district maintenance team. Snider said that with a district of more than 3,400 students, more than 500 staff, six school buildings, 10 other buildings and the many acres that come with each location, the district needs to increase its current maintenance staff from five to six.

• High school students will travel to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., March 18-23, 2022. Council approved the trip, where students will participate in music clinics and perform in parades for park visitors .

• Council approved a change in the maximum guaranteed price of the “construction manager as builder” contract awarded in January to Fetters Construction for the JR Watson Elementary School yard project in the amount of $ 546,378. Snider noted that the full cost of $ 645,511, which includes several indirect cost items, design fees, and upfront costs for a bond issue, is well within the remaining funds in a 2019 general bond to complete the project. Snider said construction on the yard could begin as early as next week.

• Superintendent Steve Teders reported that 13% of students in the district still learn at a distance. Teders said the district is planning in-person participation for fall 2021 and will continue to follow health protocols.

• Teders announced that a community meeting to discuss facility upgrades will be held on April 5 at 6 p.m. at DeKalb Middle School. Teders said the district hopes to broadcast the meeting live for those who cannot attend in person.

• In terms of personnel, the board has accepted the retirement of: Susan Zuber, secondary school science teacher; high school secretary Katherine Rufner; and high school guidance counselor Michael Muter.

The board accepted the resignation of: Rod Cone, high school boys’ basketball coach; Angela Schaper, food service employee; paraprofessional from Kyle Zabarsky College; Kim Darnielle, kindergarten teacher in Waterloo; Tina Helbert, food service employee; Mackenzie Snider, high school cheer coach; Kelly Beakas, high school unified track coach; and Damian Disque, a junior high school boys’ basketball coach.

The Board approved the appointments of: College Custodian Benton Miller; the animators / interpreters of the high school Ciara Pulliam and Luke Lechel; McKenney-Harrison replaces Melody Courtney and Emily Hamman long-term; Cheryl Erwin, central office payroll specialist; high school unified track assistant coaches Michael Anderson, Pauline Gowins and Amanda Kelley; and assistant high school track coach Jesse Garrett.

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