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GCSC board accepts wave of personnel items at special meeting

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The 2011 fall semester is more than two weeks old and things are still settling into place for the employees of Greencastle Community Schools.

All teaching positions were filled prior to the Aug. 16 start of classes, but some shuffling continues in other positions throughout the corporation, as the board accepted 46 personnel items at Wednesday's special session.

"Hopefully this is the bulk of the moves," GCSC Superintendent Lori Richmond said. "Presently most of our positions are filled."

Perhaps most interesting is a move that has not yet been made. With the process of hiring a new athletic director ongoing, the board voted to compensate high school assistant principal Russ Hesler for pulling double duty.

Hesler, who has been acting as athletic director since Scott Knapp's resignation in early August, will receive a weekly $500 stipend for the task until a new director is hired.

In varsity coaching news, former GHS girls' soccer coach Maurice McKee was reappointed to the position for the remainder of the year following Curt Bingman's resignation on Aug. 22.

Kent Menzel was also appointed as the GHS girls' and boys' swimming coach.

Sue Kass, who was appointed corporation treasurer at the Aug. 9 meeting, resigned the new post, effective Aug. 29.

The board also approved a contract with Educational Services Company (ESC) to review the corporation's insurance plan. ESC will examine all details of the present plan as well as exploring other options.

By contract, the services will cost the school a maximum of $3,200. If ESC believes services will exceed this amount, it will require board approval.

An anonymous donation of $1,600 was also accepted to the middle school athletic program for the purchase of new cross country uniforms.

Personnel items also included:

* Resignations: Melanie Duncan as school psychologist, Sept. 9; Joan Mundy as occupation therapist, Sept. 2; Robin Heineman as GMS cafeteria assistant; Hailey Wright as pre-school bus monitor; Valarie Serviss as custodian, Sept. 2; Valorie Farkas as short-term substitute teacher for Warren, Aug. 17.

* Termination: Renee Miller as executive secretary, Aug. 19.

* Autumn Ramsey's maternity leave was extended through the end of the school year.

* Diane Pierce transferred from GHS secretary/receptionist to GHS principal's secretary.

* New hires: Brenda Johnson as GHS secretary/receptionist; JoEllen Remsburg as high school ECA treasurer; Jayme Barber as payroll clerk; Dan TeGrotenhuis as home/school liaison; Anne Kinton as Tzouanakis instructional assistant; Laurie Ferguson as regular route bus driver; Tonya King, Nancy Brock and Janet Brown as substitute bus drivers; Candice Childres as GMS custodian; Candice Pelfrey as pre-school bus monitor; Melissa Wright at GMS noon aide; Jennifer Hanks as GMS noon aide; Jennifer Hanks as alternative school noon aide at GMS; Brittany Eubank as Ridpath noon aide; Shannon Hammond as Ridpath noon aide; Samantha Callahan as speech aide.

* Extracurricular positions: Sarah Booth appointed GHS honor council sponsor; Carrie Hamilton appointed GHS drama music director; Jana Boggess resigned as GHS honor council sponsor and junior class sponsor; James Bradley Wood hired as freshman football lay coach; Cathy McCall and Ryan Keller appointed National Honor Society sponsors; Culley DeGroote appointed GMS middle school student council sponsor; David Stephens appointed seventh-grade boys' basketball coach; Stacey Stoffregen and Art Dwiggins appointed GMS track head coaches; Amy Weliever appointed GMS track assistant coaches; Hope Crosbie and Suzanne Funk appointed sixth-grade sports dance sponsors; Paige Tesmer appointed GMS cheer coach; Lindsey Etcheson appointed GMS assistant cheer coach; Josh Buis appointed GHS strength coach.

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$500 a week seems a bit excessive. Is this why the school corporation charges full price for students to attend sporting events? Let's loosen up and promote school spirit and safe activities for the children to attend by lowering the admission cost for students to attend sporting events.

-- Posted by greencastleparent on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 8:45 AM

Considering that is at least, on the conservative side, a $60,000 per year job they are getting off pretty cheap. They should pay him both salaries.

-- Posted by nobody important on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 7:28 PM

The school offers year long passes for those students that attend sporting events all year for $25. It will get them into all home games in all sports. That is a good value. Also basketball and football have to help support all of the other sports that don't bring big crowds. Officials cost a ton of money whether it is a varsity game, JV or 7th grade game. Most people have no idea what it takes to manage logistically, football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, girls golf, boys and girls cross country, etc.. not just for the high school but for the middle school as well, arrange transportation, deal with the day to day problems that arise with facilities, upset parents because their kids doesn't play as much as the rich kid (not because he has less talent). Making sure all the officials are hired and show up, fields are prepared etc. I'm sure most anyone would want more than $500.

-- Posted by LitNup on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 8:48 PM

Too bad the school board didn't take a few minutes to vote on letting the TZ kids run cross country, and too bad there is a parent that is doing everything they can to prevent the elementary kids from running. I'd like to thank coach Dwigans for teaching the kids to never quit fighting for what you want and for what is right. I'd also like to thank the parents that have been practicing with the elementary kids until the board votes to allow them to run. Maybe if all the TZ parents showed up at the next board meeting they would vote to let our kids run.

-- Posted by moondogelvis007 on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 10:23 PM

I believe there might be more pressing matters to address in the future.

-- Posted by kbmom on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 9:12 PM

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