Rushville Republican

July 5, 2013

Slaton may be leaving school board

By Kevin L. Green Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — Rush County Schools Board of Trustees member Jeff Slaton indicated at the panel’s Tuesday evening meeting that he is considering resigning from the board at next month’s meeting.

Slaton wasn’t specific about why he is considering such a move, but did say that he wasn’t getting done what he had hoped to and that he “might be more effective from the other side of the table.”

Fellow board member John Wilson said he hopes Slaton reconsiders.

Attempts to contact Slaton for additional insight and comment were unsuccessful. Watch the Rushville Republican for more on this story as information becomes available.

In other news, the start of the local school year is fast approaching. Kindergartners should report to class Tuesday, Aug. 6; Wednesday, Aug. 7 is the first day of the new school year for grades 1 to 12.

“It is imperative that people register their kids,” superintendent of schools Dr. John Williams said. “Doing so is critical for planning class sizes, hiring teachers and a host of other considerations.”

If you have questions about the enrollment or registration process you should call the school in your area or the RCS administrative office at (765) 932-4186. Back to school information can also be found on the corporation’s Website at

In keeping with House Enrolled Act 1381, the board also passed a motion establishing policy regarding out-of-district transfers.

The policy basically states that Rush County Schools will accept such transfer requests with the exception of those involving senior students at the high school level. Dr. Williams said that for a number of reasons excluding seniors potentially benefits RCS with respect to impact on graduation rates and the high school’s “report card” from the state.

Dr. Williams said several other school systems have adopted similar policies.

Rush County Schools will accept a limited number of such requests and Aug. 5 is the late date interested persons may apply for a transfer.

Discussion was also held regarding the corporation’s budget process for next year.

Dr. Williams explained that a proposed budget will be advertised in the Rushville Republican Aug. 20 and again Aug. 27. A public hearing on the matter will be held Sept. 3 and the board will vote on the budget Oct. 1. It will then have to be approved by the state’s Department of Local Government Finance, which has the authority to lower proposed line items but not to increase them.

The board made several appointments including Sharon Holloway as the corporation’s treasurer, Jean Stanley as the assistant treasurer, treasurers for each of the schools in the system and local law firm Worth & Barada as the board attorney. This is the 40th consecutive year John Worth has served as the local school system’s attorney.

The board selected Prairie Farms to supply local schools with milk and dairy products during the upcoming school year. Pinkerton Oil was the successful bidder for diesel fuel supplies.

A memorandum of understanding with Head Start was approved. This will allow the program to operate at Milroy Elementary School.

The personnel report was approved as submitted, as were claims and payroll.

The next meeting of the RCS board is 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the corporation’s administrative building located at 331 W. Eighth Street, Rushville.

Contact: Kevin L. Green @ 765.932.2222 x108