South Putnam gets ready for school

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The South Putnam School Corporation board approved the advertisement of the 2012 budget during its monthly meeting on Monday.

The budget, along with the capital projects plan and bus replacement plan, will be published at a later date, and then the board will hold a public hearing regarding the budget.

South Putnam Superintendent Bruce Bernhardt also discussed some of the issues and events that took place over the summer.

"It's been a hectic summer," Bernhardt said on the eve of classes resuming.

The sewage treatment plant is currently working just in time for school to start and the board is proud of other renovations to the school auditorium's stage and technical equipment. Bernhardt thanked board member Steve Cash for his efforts in updating the systems.

The board also approved the personnel report. Resigning are Kelly Croan and Marilyn Cooper of Fillmore, bus driver Jo Miller, high school custodian Coleen Joyce and high school coaches Heather Perkins, Zach Love and Renata Hendrickson.

The school also hired Bradley Laney as a sixth-grade teacher at Fillmore, Catharine Tesmer as an instructional assistant at Fillmore and Jill Nichols in food service for the high school.

Technology director Steve Ricketts said that last week, lightning struck one of the wireless towers for the school, but thanks to the insurance policy the school had taken out, the tower was fixed in a day and a half and it will not affect the school's Internet connections at all.

"Money well spent," said board member Nancy Wells.

The corporation also replaced the phones in the high school and Fillmore, allowing all four schools to connect by extension numbers and saving the school money on long-distance fees.

Ricketts also said registration during the Putnam County Fair was quite successful, even during the rain. The school was prepared for rain and was able to continue registering students. They were the only school that was able to do this, Ricketts said.

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