SPSC to offer online registration
GREENCASTLE -- With a new school year fast approaching, South Putnam School Corporation is offering parents a more convenient way to register their children for school.
It is a quicker, more convenient way for parents to register students for the upcoming year and get parking spaces or athletic passes. In addition, there will be representatives from SPSC at the Putnam County Fair, which runs from July 23 to July 30, who will be able to register students online or make changes to students' schedules. Parents can also obtain a Honeywell username and password.
SPSC technology director Steve Ricketts told board members there have been about 35 to 40 students registered online, but the high school lab would be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during fair week for parents without access to Internet or a computer.
An online payment option will be coming soon, too, Ricketts said.
However, parents are still required to attend registration at the child's respective school to finalize all paperwork and payments.
Visit www.sputnam.k12.in.us to find out more.
After a nomination and election of officers, the school board will remain the same: Michael Rissler, president; Nancy Wells, vice president; and Steve Cash as secretary. Rebecca Samsel will remain as treasurer and Terri Beasley will remain as deputy clerk.
The board voted to keep its attorney John Zeiner and school board meetings will typically be held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Central Elementary. There are exceptions for Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day and the December meeting, due to the holiday break.
Textbook fees for elementary students were passed at $71.97 for kindergarten, $99.30 for first grade, $86.62 for second grade, $60.03 for fourth grade, $56.61 for fifth grade and $60.11 for sixth grade.
The board also approved budget consultation by Tim Jackson with Educational Services Company, who currently helps Cloverdale, North Putnam and Mill Creek schools.
Superintendent Bruce Bernhardt said he anticipated only needing Jackson for a few days this year and his expertise and second set of eyes are a great help in preparing the corporation's budget.
The board accepted the retirement of South Putnam High School's agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor Larry Bottorf effective June 30. Bottorf is recognized as the founder of the school's agricultural program and has spent the past 40 years as a high school's agriculture teacher.
"Larry has dedicated a good portion of his life to South Putnam," Bernhardt said. "We hope he enjoys his retirement and wish him the best."
Bernhardt said high school principal Keith Puckett has been pleased with the application process.
Also under personnel were the retirements of eight other South Putnam teachers, which are not effective until the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
They are: Barbara Bennett, Fillmore Elementary; Jill Bonebreak, Reelsville Elementary; Sharon Evans, Central Elementary; Carl Coons, SPHS economic teacher; Betty McGill, Central Elementary; Deborah McNabb, SPHS learning disabilities teacher; Allan Rains, SPHS English teacher; and Tim Schroer, SPHS English and Latin teacher.
Bernhardt said these teachers have chosen to take advantage of a clause in their contracts, giving them the option to schedule their retirement within a five-year guideline.