BAINBRIDGE -- In a special school board session Thursday, the North Putnam School Board approved the contract for the Bainbridge Elementary roof, approval to seek a grant for Roachdale Elementary and the hiring of a new baseball coach for North Putnam High School.
The Bainbridge Elementary roof project will be headed to the bidding stage after the school board voted to approve the contracts drawn up by architecture firm Odle Mc-Guire Shook.
The bidding stage will allow the board to see which contractor can do the project at the lowest cost to the corporation.
Roachdale Elementary is looking to do some improvements to the school also. The school will be seeking a grant from Lowe's that will allow for the construction of an outdoor classroom and sheltered area.
The estimated cost for this outdoor area would be $15,000. The Lowe's grant would provide a third of the cost of this area.
This area would allow students a covered area to participate in various activities such as outdoor classes to having a place to read. The board agreed that the outdoor area would be a good addition to the school.
A new hire for the spring was also voted on at the board meeting. North Putnam High School will be getting a new baseball coach for the spring season, Phil Webster.
Webster used to be the varsity coach at Decatur Central High School and recently served as pitching coach at Franklin College.
Decatur won a state championship and 11 sectional titles under Webster's coaching.
The North Putnam School Board will have its next regular meeting on Feb. 21 at 7 pm.
In other business:
-- The board stipend was approved. Board members will receive $2,000, $1,000 paid in June and $1,000 paid in December.
-- Donations from the Target Field Trip Grants program were accepted to help fund transportation costs for teachers and substitutes.
-- The PTO donated $500 to North Putnam food services to help pay for milk in the afternoon for kindergarten students who receive free/reduced lunch.
-- Jason Chew and Rick England were approved to attend the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents winter seminar.
-- New employees for North Putnam School Corporation are: Woodie Hutcheson, Teona Sawyer, Christina Tallman and Robert Williams as bus drivers and Julie Parrish as a cafeteria aide at North Putnam Middle School.
-- Two resignations were announced: Jill Schreiber as volleyball coach at North Putnam High School and Susan Robinson as media center assistant at North Putnam Middle School.