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Cloverdale Schools agree to on-site Cummins therapist

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Lisa Bishop must have made a good impression.

On Monday, the Cloverdale Community School Board unanimously approved a request from high school officials to reach a referral agreement with Cummins Behavioral Health Systems to set up an on-site therapist for students dealing with emotional problems.

The Cummins Health representative met with the Board in May to discuss the proposal.

Bishop was one of three Cummins Health representatives at the May meeting. She told the board the health service was willing to set up a site at the school for services to make it easier for students and their parents.

On Monday, board members learned the high school had already set up a room in its facility for representatives to use.

"We're just waiting for approval," high school representative Sonny Stoltz said. "It's such a big push right now in all school systems.

"In my eyes, we've seen this push for some time."

On Monday, Stoltz told the board members other health centers had contacted the school regarding the issue.

At its May meeting, board members learned from Cummins representatives that using the service would increase communication between the health provider and the corporation. In addition, they told the school board there would be no additional cost for the corporation as the health provider would bill parents through private insurance, Medicare or a sliding-scale fee.

Board member Todd Whitlock made the motion to accept a one-year contract with Cummins Health with board vice-president Pamelia Hepfer making the second.

Meanwhile, corporation attorney Karen Dutcher was on-hand Monday to administer the official oath of office for newly-appointed board member Don Albietz.

Albietz was unanimously approved by the board in May to replace outgoing board member Barb Petro.

Petro submitted her resignation from the school board at its April meeting. She is recovering from a recent stroke and had served on the board since July 7, 1987.

"I'd like to welcome Don to the board," board president Linda Mann said.

Albietz has lived in Cloverdale since 1976. He previously ran the Lieber State Park Recreation Area. He also has seven kids in the school system.

In other news, the board:

-- Approved claims and financial reports in addition to the high school financial statement by a 6-0 vote.

-- Set up meeting dates to begin preliminary discussions on the 2006-07 corporation budget.

-- Heard an update on Old National Trail from Milner.

-- Approved Katie McLaughlin to use of the middle school for the school awards ceremony.

-- Approved Mandy Roberts to use the middle school for a camp lock-in for middle school cheerleaders on July 20-21.

-- Approved Jacob Whitaker and the Cloverdale Fire Dept. to use the area behind the middle school for firefighter training on Saturday.

-- Unanimously approved the corporation to advertise its annual financial report.

-- Approved by a 6-0 vote to allow the corporation to apply for Title I funds.

-- Unanimously approved the corporation to advertise for bread and dairy bids.

-- Approved a resolution to transfer funds.

-- Approved the retirements of high school English teacher Janet Branneman, high school social studies teacher Alice Buck, high school business teacher Marie Moore, high school strength and conditioning/health teacher Mike Stallcop, and high school math teacher Ken Williams.

-- Unanimously approved the hiring of high school English teacher Amanda Mitchell, high school social studies teacher Andrew Tyler, high school math teacher Malinda Mann, high school business teacher Adrie Koehler, high school/middle school agriculture teacher Sarah Dyer, summer school English (freshman-sophomore) teacher Audrie Grimes, summer school English (junior-senior) teacher Doug Wokoun, summer school algebra I teacher James Wade, summer school pre-kindergarten teacher Patty Lien, summer school second grade teacher Candace Hutcheson, summer school kindergarten-first grade teacher Sarah Weller, summer school third- and fourth-grade teacher Rachel Mitchner, summer school fourth and fifth grader teacher Meganne Holley, high school/middle school teacher Brittany White, and elementary/middle school media specialist Jeremy Simpson.

-- Approved the resignation of eighth-grade girls' volleyball coach Katie McLaughlin, assistant baseball coach Sam Brown, and seventh- and eighth-grade baseball coach Dave Walton.

-- Approved the employment of volunteer girls' basketball coach Jarrod Duff, eighth-grade volunteer assistant coaches Rob Keefer and Kevin Taylor, seventh-grade co-football coaches Dave Petty and Andy Tyler, seventh-grade volunteer assistant coach Brian Siddons, seventh- and eighth-grade volunteer assistant coach Jarrad Hughes, eighth-grade volleyball coach Candace Hutcheson, seventh-grade volleyball coach Rebecca Kissling, wrestling coach Brian Siddons, wrestling volunteer assistant coaches Rob Keefer and Donnie Helterbrand, and eighth-grade co-head coach Billy Boyette.

-- Voted down by a 4-2 count against Rick McGuire as eighth-grade football coach, with board members Dave Brinkman and Whitlock both voting in favor.

-- Approved the resignations of high school principal Gary Boyd and third-grade teacher Melissa Miller.

-- Approved Title I contracts for Rachel Mitchner, Sarah Weller, and Candace Hutcheson.

The board meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at the corporation building. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 10.



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