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North Putnam to raise athletic participation fees

Monday, July 25, 2011

ROACHDALE -- High fuel prices over the last year meant the North Putnam School Corporation lost money on athletic transportation last year in spite of charging athletes $15 in transportation fees.

With the shortfall and continued budget constraints, the school board voted 7-0 on Thursday to raise the fees to $20.

The question of who ordered state runner-up rings following last football season also resurfaced. The budget issues made this move unpopular among school board members. Superintendent Mary Lovejoy said she would look into the issue further.

"I want to find out who ordered the rings, whether they're still here or not," Charlie Boller said.

The board also voted to give board members access to the central office. By a 5-2 count, they voted to issue keys to any board member who chooses wants one.

"We've been voted on and entrusted with the school," Mark Hoke said.

Boller said he didn't want a key, but saw no reason his fellow members shouldn't have access.

"If we trust current staff with keys, I don't understand why a board member can't have one," Boller said.

The board approved the following 25 personnel moves:

* New employment: Kristin Crabtree, halftime Roachdale P.E. teacher and halftime NPHS biology teacher; Miranda Hutcheson, NPHS family and consumer science teacher; Holly Kiger, NPMS special education teacher; Karen Kientz, Bainbridge health aide, secretary; Jennel Huber and Andre Williams, NPHS summer band assistants.

* Medical leave: Lisa Leonard, Roachdale teacher, Aug. 15-Dec. 22; Glenda Simpson, NPHS custodian, June 24-July 26.

* Athletics: Jim Brothers, NPHS head girls' basketball coach; Tony Gray, NPHS head swimming coach; Nathan Martindale, NPHS head boys' basketball coach; Ashley Moeller, NPHS head cheerleading/dance team coach; Jim Crosley, Norm Fish, Ollie Haste, Ken Kerns, Fred Shorter and Mark Smith, NPHS volunteer assistant football coach; Joanie Knapp and Jonathon Shannon, NPHS volunteer assistant girls' basketball coach; Mark Lehr, NPHS volunteer assistant swimming coach; Josh Means, NPHS volunteer director of football operations; Lawnie Lawhorn, seventh-grade football coach; Jason Allmon, volunteer seventh-grade assistant football coach; Kristi Straziscar, NPMS assistant cheerleading coach.

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I would find it interesting to know the reason board members would need a key to the administration office. Yes, staff have keys to the schools, but I would bet they don't have keys to the admin office. What business would any board member ever have to go to the administration when no one was there?

-- Posted by interested party on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 11:20 AM

I fully agree with interested party. Why would they need a key?

-- Posted by jakeboy on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 2:15 PM

The interested board members requested key access to be able to pickup their board packets after hours. I suspect that may not be their only motivations.

Dr. Lovejoy let it slip who (current employee) she believed ordered the rings during the meeting. Charlie Boller indicated that he thought "civil liability" should be explored to recoup the money from this person.

-- Posted by jorge on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 3:11 PM

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