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SC Elementary receives grant

South Harrison Community School Corp. received notice that its has received a 2008-2009 Title I Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grant for South Central Elementary School. The announcement was made Dec. 2 at the regular school board meeting.
The grant for the first year is $344,890, plus an additional $20,000 for external evaluation through the Center for Evaluation and Educational Policy in Bloomington. The grant will be used for professional development for teachers and to allow for curricular initiatives, including curriculum mapping and analysis of data and student work.
Also, the grant will fund two teachers to serve as academic coaches and will allow for professional development throughout the year and in the summer.
The grant will pay for $30,000 in books for classrooms and provide eight interactive SmartBoards during the first year. Upon meeting the requirements of the grant during the first year and pending available funds, the grant will be renewable for two additional years.
Also at the meeting, Micky Emily, a teacher at Corydon Central High School, gave a brief presentation about an enrichment trip to Japan she took Oct. 12 through 30.
‘I was extremely busy and had a wonderful time,’ Emily said. ‘I learned a lot about their culture. My students are sick of hearing about Japan.’
Corydon Central’s Manda Bussabarger was recognized for being Indiana High School Counselor of the Year.
During new business, Supt. Neyland Clark’s contract was extended by four years; however, the vote was not unanimous. The measure passed 4-2, with Joyce Bliss and Roger Windell offering the nay votes. The same two members were responsible for the two dissenting votes against the renewal of the contract of Director of Technology Jim Crisp and the renewal of the contract of Bruce Kulwicki, assistant director of Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative.
Assistant Supt. Jeff Hauswald’s contract was extended by a vote of 4-1-1, with Windell voting against and Larry Hauswald, his father, abstaining.
Director of Business Carolyn Wallace had her contract extended by a vote of 5-1, with Windell voting against.
Beverly Garrison, director of Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative, had her contract extended by a 5-1 vote, with Windell voting against.
The contracts of Corydon Central Junior High School principal Mark Black, Corydon Elementary principal Tamela Brewer, CCHS co-principal Jennie Capelle, Heth-Washington Elementary principal Nissa Ellett, South Junior-Senior High School assistant principal Karen Fleck, Corydon Intermediate School principal Sandra Joseph, South Junior-Senior High School principal Keith Marshall, New Middletown Elementary School principal Sharon Mathes, South Central Elementary School principal Laura McDermott and CCHS co-principal Gary Pope were all extended and passed unanimously by the board.
Personnel changes, by building, were also made at the meeting:
Corporation ‘ Accepted hiring of transportation coordinator Melissa Deaton and accepted recommendation to create and post new part-time position of transportation helper;
Corydon Central High ‘ Accepted transfer of Kathie Ponder from special education instructional assistant to ISTEP instructional assistant and accepted resignation of varsity football coach Jason Timberlake;
South Central Junior-Senior High ‘ Accepted hiring of volunteer softball coach Martin Kuerzi Sr., accepted resignation of Judy Love for retirement purposes effective at the end of the 2008-09 school year and eliminated three collaboration assistant positions filled by Patricia Bell, Erika Campbell and Mary Huffman.
Prior to adjournment, several members of the board extended their appreciation to Bill Fleace, who took part in his final board meeting. He will be succeeded by Ray (Radar) Lillpop at the Jan. 6 meeting. Lillpop defeated Fleace in last month’s election.