The Rush County Schools Board of Trustees met earlier this month.
The board heard from Shawn Iverson (Technology Coordinator), who gave an update on the results of the e-rate proposals that have been submitted and approved. Vendors were chosen as follows: Internet will continue with ENA, Frontier will be the local and long distance carrier, mamboSchools was chosen for web hosting/new site creation, and Verizon Wireless for cellular service.
Iverson indicated that Technology Indiana requires you to have a technology plan in order to receive funds. The current three year plan (2011 to 2013) is comprised of goals designed to support and provide technology resources in all areas of testing. Another goal is to reduce cost through technology implementation; newer computers and servers have made us more efficient. RCS is realizing greater savings as the system becomes more energy efficient. Several things have taken place that are enhancing classroom instruction with technology. White boards and digital projectors are available. There is district-wide wireless capability and a policy to support this feature. There are building level plans in place too. Multiple labs are in place corporation wide (typically 30 computers per lab).
RCHS principal Matt Vance gave an update on the Summer School offerings for Rushville Consolidated High School.
Preparations are well under way for Summer School to begin May 28, 2013. Speech will be added this summer. Math, English, Government (CP), World History (CP), FFA Summer Program and Drivers Ed will be offered. Summer School ends July 2, 2013.
Enrollment numbers for Summer School are not known yet. It was cited that those attending Opportunity School this fall could also benefit from Summer School.
Board member Jeff Slaton stated that we may need to add PE back into Summer School in order to give kids more scheduling options. Vance indicated that the current PE class needs seem to be working with scheduling. Students are given multiple opportunities to schedule PE during their four years at RCHS. Current PE classes are not over-sized and seem to work well. All were reminded that students need 48 credits to graduate and are given 60 opportunities (credits) to complete these requirements.
Superintendent of schools Dr. John E. Williams gave a report on the impact of Sequestered Funds.
At this time Dr. Williams said it was his understanding that Special Education, Vocational, Title I and Title II programs may be impacted by the sequestering of federal dollars.
“We have not received a great deal of information. This is what we know today; there will be approximately a 5 percent reduction in the dollars that come to the state in a variety of programs,” he said.
Vocational funds have been protected.
“We have received no official word from the state concerning how it will affect us or other individual districts. If and when applicable, these reductions will be reflected in the 2014/2015 school year. More detailed information will be shared as soon as it becomes available,” he added.
Dr. Williams also shared information about the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act and how it will impact Rush County School employees.
For anyone working 30 hours a week or 130 hours a month, health care will need to be available/offered.
A full review all positions with regard to hours worked will be reviewed and clarified.
Further information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.
Dr. Williams also congratulated the board for being designated as an “Outstanding Board.”
If a majority of a board attains a minimum of Level 1 recognition via the ISBA (Indiana State School Board Association), the board is considered to be an “Outstanding Board.”
As of March, the Rush County School Board has been named an “Outstanding Board” due to the fact that Jeff Slaton, Dr. Steve Sickbert and Paul Barada have been granted Level 1 status. Anita Jackson has been granted the Level 2 status and John Wilson has been granted the Master Status.
There will be a presentation of the “Outstanding Board” designation at the spring regional meeting of ISBA.
In other news, the board approved the minutes of the previous meeting, personnel report, donations received, out-of-state field trip requests, claims and payroll.
Board member Ron Lienemann reported that the Rushville Elks has received a grant for use in tutoring students through the Boys & Girls Club. At this point they need to be able to identify students who could benefit from tutoring. It was suggested that Chet Walker at the Boys& Girls Club of Rush County could assist with a list of students.
April 20: Prom
May 5: Staff Retirement-Recognition Program at 2 p.m.
May 7: Board meeting at 7 p.m.
May 11: Booster Club Auction at 9:30 a.m.
May 16: RCHS Awards Program at 8:30 a.m.
May 23: Students’ last day.
May 28: Summer School begins.
June 2: Graduation at 2 p.m.