Superintendent of Rush County Schools Matt Vance gave his State of Schools Address at the conclusion of the August school board meeting Tuesday evening.

“The summer has flown by and now we are ready to start the 2019-2020 school year. We had some great accomplishments during this past year such as continued student achievement, increased assistance in the area of mental health and we had numerous positives from each building that were visible on a daily basis, too many to mention in this report,” Superintendent Vance said. “I can assure you we will work to continue to set high expectations and produce a top level product as we have done in this corporation for many, many years and one that we all can be proud of. We must continue to work together throughout this corporation to ensure the best environment possible for all.”

In the address, Vance applauded the expansion of RCS Preschool Program, discussed issues RCS faces today and other topics.

“As I begin year six in this seat, it is an honor to serve in this role,” Superintendent Vance said. “Yes there are challenges to deal with, and there will continue to be challenges, but I am confident that with the individuals we have in place, we will strive to be the best we can be.”

Superintendent Vance gave school board members a facilities update during the meeting. He said he was pleased to open the new RCHS Fitness Center last Saturday.

RCS is looking to replace scoreboards at the high school football and soccer fields and in the auxiliary gym. Superintendent Vance said he would soon begin looking for those interested in sponsoring the scoreboards.

Repairs were made to the air conditioner at Benjamin Rush Middle School and it is now working well.

Vice President of the RCS School Board Doug Marlow, who is also a part of the RCHS Booster Club, said the club will be selling 1,200 raffle tickets for $20 apiece to benefit high school athletics. Funds the booster club raises will help pay for varsity letter jackets, awards, player sport and travel fees and more.

A grand prize of $2,500 will be award to the raffle winner. A prize of $1,000, two $500 prizes and two $150 prizes will also be awarded.

Last year, the booster club raised $30,000 for RCHS athletics. Marlow said this year the club has set a goal to raise $50,000.

Superintendent Vance said RCS will participate in a Rush County Community Development Course hosted by representatives from Ball State University at the RCS administration building Monday through Wednesday next week.

The school board reviewed and approved RCS proposed 2020 budget. The budget will soon be advertised in the newspaper.

The school board voted to approve RCS beverage contract with Pepsi.

The school board also voted to approve E-Learning Days, which will be utilized in the event school is canceled due to poor weather conditions.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction at RCS Melissa Leap informed the school board of a new Indiana law (Senate Enrolled Act 217), which requires students to be screened for dyslexia. Leap said there will be at least one teacher trained to advise students with dyslexia at both RES East and RES West.

The new law calls for all students in grades K-2 and at-risk students in grades 3-12 to be screened.

Director of Transportation at RCS Tim Hancock said he hoped RCS three new school buses would arrive by Wednesday.

School board members gave comments toward the end of the meeting. Many echoed how excited they were about the opening of the new RCHS Fitness Center.

Secretary of the RCS School Board Tammy Jackman commended RCS for supporting students who exhibit their hard work and show livestock at the Indiana State Fair. She said the schools are understanding and allow make up work for those who participate in the fair.

The school board rescheduled its September and October meetings for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Wednesday, Oct. 2.