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SPIRIT program targets racial tension

Numerous high school students at Corydon Central and South Central high schools will take part in diversity training and learn about conflict resolutions next week. The program, called SPIRIT (Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together), is the brainchild of the U.S. Dept. of Justice to reduce racial tension and violence in communities throughout the United States.
The South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees learned of the diversity training, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, at its monthly meeting Jan. 8.
Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is the only federal agency dedicated to preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents and civil disorders. CRS can assist these groups when race, national origin and color are at issue.
‘(Superintendent Dr. Neyland Clark) told me the Dept. of Justice reached out to him to offer support. Apparently they monitor news for topics where they can assist and Dr. Clark found the SPIRIT program had success across the country and thought it could be beneficial to us,’ Corydon Central High School Principal Jennie Capelle said.
Between 40 and 60 CCHS students will meet in Corydon, and 20 to 25 South Central students will meet at the South Harrison Community Center in Elizabeth, on Monday. On Tuesday, the students from both schools will come together to discuss their session from the day before.
Also at the Jan. 8 meeting, the board unanimously accepted a motion to grant the administration the authorization to create specifications and proposals for safety, security and surveillance upgrades deemed to be necessary at all schools in the corporation.
Each school will present its own set of challenges to increasing security, Carolyn Wallace, director of business operations for SHCSC, said.
The agenda also include the board’s annual election of officers.
Mary Mathes was voted president after being nominated by Vickie Engleman and seconded by new trustee Mindy Wibbels, and Larry Hauswald retained his seat as vice president (nominated by Engleman and seconded by Joyce Bliss). Engleman was nominated by Hauswald for the position, and seconded by the other new trustee, Shelly Romero. Karen Lopp made the motion to nominate Bliss; however, that motion died for a lack of a second. Engleman was elected by a 5-1-1 vote, with Bliss voting against and Engleman abstaining.
In new business, bids were opened for the replacement of the wood shop dust collection system at Corydon Central High School.
Hussung Mechanical from Louisville submitted a base bid of $179,768, with an alternate bid for a reduced capacity system of $11,632 less. GBMC of Clarksville submitted a bid of $160,275.80 with an alternate of $11,900, and Dane Sheet Metal from Louisville submitted a bid of $200,000 with an alternate of $10,900.
The board will take the bids under advisement and award it to the lowest and best bidder.
During board member communication, Mathes said she wanted to start a plan that would name the gymnasium at Corydon Intermediate School after former math teacher and athletics coach Gary Haub, who passed away in September.
‘It would be a great way to remember him and honor him for all of the nights he spent away from his family, in the gymnasium where he was all those nights,’ Mathes said.
According to corporation policy, it must be three years after a person dies before such a consideration could be taken.
‘In two years and nine months, I’ll be back,’ Mathes said.
Several personnel changes were made at the meeting. They were, by building:
Corporation ‘ approved hiring of preschool bus assistant Susan Foreman;
Corydon Central High School ‘ approved Kimberly Brewer as substitute agriculture teacher, James Randy Brightman as assistant baseball coach;
Corydon Intermediate School ‘ accepted resignation of custodian Gregory Hall;
Heth-Washington Elementary School ‘ accepted resignation of Diana Smith, involuntary transfer of teacher Cathy Dobbins from grade 3 to grade 6;
South Central Elementary School ‘ accepted hiring of preschool assistant Anna Meeks and kitchen helper Jennifer Withers;
South Central Junior-Senior High School ‘ accepted hiring of 1/2 activities supervisors Cherie Hofmann and Regina Sue Lanham; and
Corydon Elementary, Corydon Intermediate, Heth-Washington schools ‘ accepted termination of instructional assistant Damariz Esparza.