The South Putnam School Board is quite proud of the accomplishments of its students. During its monthly meeting, the board learned about students achievements from both South Putnam High School Principal Kieth Puckett and high school athletic director Matt Griswold.
Puckett announced the SPHS students of the month. These students were nominated by their teachers and were voted on by the faculty. The students were seventh grade Sarah Cheatham, daughter of Gary and Liz Cheatham; eighth grader Sam Schlatter, son of Forest and Carolyn Schlatter; ninth grader Andrea Whaley, daughter of Marvin and Becky Whaley; 10th grader Nik Wood, son of Terry and Melissa Wood; 11th grader Whitney Warren, daughter of Ron and Tricia Warren; and 12th grader Caitlynn McKinney, daughter of Doug and Cheryl McKinney.
"We are really proud of our kids," said Puckett.
Supt. Bruce Bernhardt informed the board that Griswold sent him an email about the achievements of the school's athletes. Griswold stated that four of the school's athletic teams have completed their regular season games and have moved on into the tournaments/sectionals.
Bernhardt said that he wanted to commend all the school's athletic teams and wish them the best of luck as they go into their sectionals. "We're proud of our athletes," said Bernhardt.
In other business, the board:
-- Approved the resignation of high school instructional aide Elaine Burdge.
-- Approved the hiring of Central Elementary pre-school aide Rebecka Howard, high school head softball coach Evonne Canary, high school assistant softball coach Heather Robinson, junior high school wrestling coach Pat Havey, high school assistant football coaches Khris Tomasino and Chad Lee, high school boys freshmen basketball coach Eric Anderson and high school boys seventh-grade basketball coach Kyle Ames.
-- Approved the advertisement for additional appropriations. Bernhardt informed the board that the appropriations are the legal authority from the state to spend money in the capital project fund and the special education pre-school fund. The board is not spending any additional money in the funds. The board will advertise and hold public hearings during next month's meeting.
-- Approved the contract with ProLiance Energy, a reseller of natural gas. The corporation will purchase its gas from ProLiance through a yearly contract.
-- Informed the public that they are still negotiating with teachers on a contract. Bette Bertram had asked the board where it was at in the phase.
Bertram also asked the board members why those with insurance could not give up their insurance to pay for an art teacher for the elementary. Board member Dale Mendenhall told Bertram that he only took was offered to him.
-- Approved the request from the wrestling for an overnight trip to Coach Scott Miller's farm for a camp Friday, Nov. 3-Saturday, Nov. 4.
-- Informed the public that it is still working on the art program situations at the elementary schools.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in music room at Central Elementary. This meeting is open to the public.