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Board announces closure of investigation

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- The South Putnam School Board announced Tuesday it has closed its investigation into the alleged forced resignation of former SPHS social studies teacher and varsity baseball coach Harold Campbell.

"No further action will be taken," said Superintendent Bruce Bernhardt during the meeting.

Campbell claims his Feb. 26 resignation was at the request of SPHS principal Kieth Puckett, who told Campbell some serious allegations had been brought against him.

Campbell contends a proper investigation was not conducted before Puckett requested his resignation. The Indiana State Teachers Association began its own investigation into the allegations and took its findings before the board during an executive session in April.

ISTA representative Kim Fidler, who was present at Monday night's meeting, said the case is not closed as far as the ISTA is concerned.

In addition, Filder told the board members she has been moved to a new district due to some reorganization by the ISTA. Steve Wise will be the new ISTA representative and taking over the case.

"I will be helping Steve with the case, but will be serving a different district," she said.

In other business:

* The price of a school lunch will increase by $.05 for the 2009/2010 school year. A student will now pay $2.45 and the cost for an adult will be $3.15. The price of breakfast will remain the same.

* The board approved elementary textbook fees. The prices are as follows: kindergarten, $63.07; first grade, $91.23; second grade, $77.83; third grade, $66.73; fifth grade, $54.31; and sixth grade, $58.06.

* Board members approved the transfer tuition policy. It allows a student living outside the school district to transfer provided he or she has good grades, behavior and attendance at the previous school. It also states the student can transfer as long as there is no undue burden on the school, such as class size. The transfer student must also provide his or her own transportation.

The non-resident student admission policy is available at the school's office for anyone who is interested.

* The board approved to make temporary loans from the Rainy Day Fund, if needed, on June 30 and Dec. 31. This will take the place of the corporation taking outside loans and paying interest.

* School board president Michael Rissler and vice-president Steve Cash read their oath of office for board members following the meeting being called to order.

* Becky Samsel and Terri Beasley will remain treasurer and deputy treasurer, respectively.

* Bernhardt, Samsel, Beasley and Cash will remain as the bid opening committee.

* Regular board meetings will still be conducted on the third Monday of every month with a few exceptions. On Jan. 19 and Feb. 16, which are Tuesdays, the board will meet. On Dec. 14, which is the second Monday of the month, the board will meet due to winter break.

* Personnel report:

New hires include Jennifer Perrin as high school English teacher; Harriett Dobson as high school English teacher for two periods per semester; Robert Wasson as high school science teacher; Zack Love and Marc Hendrickson to share the junior high school football coaching position; and Steve Ricketts as technology director for the corporation.

Resignations include Stephanie Schopmeyer as high school family and consumer science teacher; Harriett Dobson as high school English teacher at the end of the 2009/2010 school year; Robert Wasson as high school science teacher, also at the end of the 2009/2010 school year; and Dian Hurst as computer lab aide at the high school.

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like I said, the banner once again took away my comments, I can't believe you let people dog the two Tammy's but you say anything negative about SP school board and you take away the comment, who on the school board monitors this and calls you to get it taken off, they don't want the public to hear the thruth

-- Posted by senior'08 on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 8:51 AM

to the school board, I will never ever vote for any of you EVER, I hope that people come forward and challenge this

-- Posted by senior'08 on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 8:53 AM

SPHS has always gotten away with stuff - they did when I was in school and they do now.

-- Posted by luv2bmom2001 on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 1:19 PM

I went to the SPHS website and all that was on it was last year's info. No calander, wrong school lunch info, whats up with that? I know that the seceratary's were there after school was out. They didn't appear to be too busy to get that done.

$2.45 for school lunch? You have to be kidding!!!

We need to get these power people out. My children going through SPHS are not getting a QUALITY education! All they are learning is favoritism and you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours! OH and don't have ANY holes in your clothes.

-- Posted by prayforall on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 1:46 PM

Being on the school board is a thankless job. It requires much more than people realize, unless you have "been there, done that." It takes a good person to be a good board member, not someone with an axe to grind. School boards are much more successful when the public supports their decisions. And if you disagree ... you have the opportunity to change the board. Find other quality people to seek the position. The key is public participation. VOTE!

Congratulations to this board. You are doing what is required of you, making tough decisions and moving on. Be it right or wrong, you have to move forward. Let the school administrators do their jobs and you deal with policy issues. Once again ... job well done. P.S. Do not let the ISTA intimidate you. They are good at defending their members and congratulations to them for that. But continue to do what is right for South Putnam.

-- Posted by cvilleguy on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 6:43 AM

As an impartial observer, it appears to me only one side has stayed professional throughout all of this. I don't know the ISTA's reputation, or what their mission is, but from following this story it gives me a bad taste in my mouth.

For a representative to come to a private meeting between her and the board in which she is clearly told the personnel matters won't be discussed publicly (which, by the way, is typically to protect both employer and employee) and then have her sabotage the public meeting by bringing up the very thing she was told not to seems clearly unprofessional. That was followed by the teacher in question giving a 9 minute speech in which he made all sorts of accusations about people who were not there to defend themselves--and the Banner put this video on their website (why, I don't know).

Then, the ISTA representative actually begins commenting on this website about the meetings and criticizing board members and administrators. All the while, the administrators met with the teacher one one one, and the board met with the ISTA rep and the teacher one on one, and then stayed out of the public mudslinging.

I live in Cloverdale, have nothing to do with this situation, nor do I really have any concern how it comes out. Just as an impartial observer, however, it appears to me one side is acting professionally, while the other is acting far from it.

-- Posted by cloverfan on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 7:17 AM

thank you some one who is impartial to this. I agree that the board has been very professional throughout this process! Thank you to all the board members who have worked hard and have done their best to make the right decisions for the School Corporation! There is a new school year getting ready to start lets move past all of this and have a great year!

-- Posted by proudeaglemom on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 7:33 AM

ok proud eagle mom, I was at that school board meeting, and the school board was rude they gave no one else a chance to speak that night, there are a lot of other issuses at that school that need to be addressed, I bet your so proud of south putnam when our kids can't have a good time at the ball games, do you know that these kids can't hollar anything when the opposing team is at the free throw line and they can't say AIRBALL, this administration doesn't let these kids be kids, the school section at a basketball game is pathetic, the school board wouldn't know it because they aren't there. All I can say is I am proud of my child no way will I ever be proud of South Putnam.

-- Posted by senior'08 on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 8:12 AM

ibdarn-You can complain to the governor all you want, but being a taxpayer has no bearing on whether you can comment in the news media. This is a privately owned newspaper that can make its own editorial decisions.

-- Posted by eagles20 on Wed, Jul 22, 2009, at 1:45 PM

Why would the Banner erase comments critical of their reporting? This IS a news reporting media isn't it? News should be investigated and published w/o bias.We dont just buy the Banner for the classifieds,tv section or the blogs.We also buy it hoping to get an accurate reporting of whats happening in our community and that includes our public schools.witholding news,slanting news,avoiding or suppressing news SHOULD NEVER be an option.The Banner,by many accounts is a newspaper on the way out of usage.Some say its more a print shop for inserts,school printings ect.Hopefully thats not true and it soon realizes its obligations to report the honest true and accurate news.Its editors and certainly its publisher should want to do just that.Readership and those advertisers that pay the bills should expect readership to be strong,not steadily declining..

-- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Thu, Jul 23, 2009, at 7:27 PM

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