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Teachers go back to workplace for summer

Last summer, to become better educators, 11 Corydon Central High School teachers became students in the workplace.
The teachers participated in “School to Career,” a program funded by state grants that encourages teachers and students to promote education by experiencing where learning can lead, explained CCHS counselor Donna Enlow.
Enlow wrote a grant proposal to Career Link South, the regional coordinator for School to Career. Career Link South administers grant monies in 14 counties, making programs like School to Career possible.
Enlow offered the opportunity to any interested teachers at CCHS. Teachers participated on a volunteer basis, sacrificing part of their summer vacation for a small stipend and a positive experience.
The program consisted of a 40-hour internship or observation in the CCHS school district or the region. Participants had to document their time and link the experience to their field of expertise. They also had to make a presentation to the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees. The participants fulfilled that obligation at the board’s November meeting.
Biology teacher Jerry Conrad divided his 40 hours between two businesses. His first stop, Wildlife and Forestry Management, which is based in Don Reed’s home in Georgetown, yielded the lesson that trees have value and can be managed like a business.
Conrad’s class appraised the value of trees on the CCHS campus and developed a Web site at
Conrad’s second work experience was at Robertson Crushed Stone, near Depauw, where he saw conservation practices in action.
“They sell lime there that goes to the PSI plants in the western part of Indiana and Illinois, which is used in scrubbers to catch particulate matter,” Conrad said. The result is cleaner power plant emissions. Robertson’s also does a great deal of recycling, Conrad said.
Business teacher Kathy Baelz immersed herself in businesses surrounding a 16-year-old’s most coveted consumer good: the automobile. Taking the approach of affordability, Baelz visited Bennett and Bennett Insurance, John Jones GM City, Bank One of Corydon, the Harrison County License Branch and, perhaps a necessity for first-year drivers, Martin’s Body Shop.
The visit to Bank One garnered a guest speaker, Bill Hollingsworth, for Baelz’s personal finance class. Hollingsworth talked to the class about credit. Baelz will share her own new-found expertise with the class during a chapter on car ownership.
Choir teacher Daniel Suddarth participated in the program with two students, Mary Page and Mary Beth Wendelin. They went to a summer show choir camp at St. Joeseph’s College in Rensselaer. Suddarth participated as a pianist and voice instructor, while Page and Wendelin learned an entire show choir routine.
After returning to school, the girls taught the routine to their classmates. The group will perform it at the Fiesta-Val competition in St. Louis in May. The students also organized a fund-drive to raise the $8,000 to participate in the competition.
The CCHS choir group will be on tour Dec. 11 and 12, singing at various locations. Call 738-5750 for more information.
In other board business:
• Corydon Central Junior-High School art teacher Rudee Rodriguez addressed the board concerning a more elaborate teacher internship program.
“These would be traveling internships with businesses and industries that have international connections making it possible for teachers to experience some of the things they will be teaching about with new state academic standards and thematic units,” Rodriguez said.
The board asked Rodriguez to work with administrative personnel to further develop her idea. More specific details were needed before a recommendation on the proposal could be made, Supt. Neyland Clark said.
• Warren Haun addressed the board on behalf of the Carpenters Union. Hahn said a copy of the performance bond had not been delivered to the union attorney as requested.
Dr. Clark said that he believed the document had been sent to the attorney. Clark also said South Harrison had received a letter from the attorney saying that he was satisfied with the information he had received and was not pursuing any additional information.
• Former South Central Junior-Senior High School janitor Doug Keys addressed the board about his termination in late August. Keys deferred his statements to an executive session at the board’s request.
Candidates for the position vacated by Keys were on the agenda and were to be considered at the meeting. Clark requested that the item be tabled. However, board trustee Mike McGraw made a motion that a candidate referred to as “candidate number two” be hired with reviews after 30 and 60 days. Sue Haake second the motion, but it failed 2-5.
The board action dealt with the list of candidates and was independent of Keys’ situation, Clark said during an interview.
• A recommendation for compensation for coaching freshman volleyball failed with a 3-3 vote and one abstention because the motion did not have majority support. The item proposed the money designated in the master contract under the extracurricular schedule for freshman volleyball be divided equally between the junior varsity and varsity volleyball coaches.
The freshman volleyball team was coached, in part, by an individual who had not received board approval. The recommendation was intended to reinforce the position that the board does not condone circumventing procedures.