SGCS: Honors students of the month

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees held its monthly meeting Monday, with three students earning recognition for their success as they became Students of the Month. Those students are Jadrian Clouse, Mallory Pearson and Isabelle Turner.October is “Learning Disability Awareness Month,” and during the meeting, Director of Special Education Nancy Becker reminded those present of teacher Erica Vogel and the great example she has served in relation to special education.Churubusco Elementary Principal Shellie Miller complimented Amy Pence and Dee Boyle for their “wonderful job” as office staff and thanked the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), all the parent volunteers and the community members for their help in making the walkathon a success. Seventy-two hundred dollars were raised, and Churubusco Elementary is “so appreciative.” Teacher Night is Nov. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., and the second annual 5K run will be held Nov. 5. Proceeds will benefit the Whitley County Humane Society.Thursday will be senior night for volleyball, and football’s senior night will be Oct. 12. Volleyball and cross country sectionals begin next week, as well as a food drive which will take place during smart period. On Nov. 13 a Veteran’s Day assembly will be held.The school board members approved professional leaves for Sue Lough, whom they also appointed as the SGCTA representative to the SEBT board, beginning Oct. 2 and Jim Folland beginning Dec. 21. The real estate purchase approved at the last meeting was accepted by the seller; closing is expected Friday. Oct. 9 marks a common wage hearing for the new construction. The board members approved Wayne Krider, Director of Maintenance and Grounds, to the Common Wage Committee with Ralph Bailey serving as his backup. An update to the contract concerning the initial decision maker was also added, as a fence has already been built and a canopy torn down. Background checks are being performed on all workers and photo IDs issued for added student safety.Todd Fleetwood received a Certificate of Achievement recognizing him as Chief Business Officer, and two new hires gained board approval also. Tracy Manth, a bus driver, will fill the teaching job currently held by Marylin Norris, who is moving away. Manth will also retain her bus driving job. Josh Moore picks up the extracurricular position as a boys basketball coach.The board members approved a Target grant in the amount of $525.48 from the “Take Charge of Education” program. Churubusco schools remain grateful to parents who shop at Target and help with this program and remind others that if they wish to participate, the information can be found by asking a Target associate or on the school’s website. A donation of $60 from the Kuznar family was also approved to help the athletic department.Concerns over enrollment and the budget continue to give Churubusco Schools goals to work toward, but the school board trustees are addressing these issues.