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E-learning ‘success’ part of #BPNpride

Recent wintry precipitation led to multiple electronic learning (e-learning) days at the Lanesville Community School Corp., earning praise from both school principals Feb. 16 at the monthly meeting of the LCS Board of Trustees.
Lanesville Elementary School Principal Lisa Hammond and Lanesville Junior-Senior High School Principal Steve Morris said all three e-learning dates were a success.
‘Students have been diligent in completing their work (on the e-learning) day or within their three-day window,’ Hammond said.
During her principal’s report, Hammond noted that the county spelling bee had been postponed and would be Feb. 17 at Morgan Elementary School, the fifth-grade boys’ basketball team finished its season with an 11-2 record and the sixth-grade boys’ basketball team closed with a mark of 6-7.
The week of Feb. 22 through 26 is ISTEP Spirit Week, she said, and Dr. Seuss Day at LES is planned for Wednesday, March 2.
During his principal and superintendent report, Morris said digital citizenship presentations are being made during school in an effort to better educate students about responsible use of the Internet and social media.
In addition, there’s been a social-media push using the Twitter hashtag #BPNpride to showcase positive aspects of Lanesville schools. Students and staff are already utilizing the hashtag, with comments and photos available for viewing, Morris said.
In another matter, Morris noted that teacher evaluations are underway, with ISTEP testing just around the corner (the first two weeks of March). A chili cook-off was to take place at the school on Feb. 19, and the popular 50-cent breakfast, sponsored by FFA and Harrison County Farm Bureau, will be Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 to 8.
Morris also gave a date of Feb. 26 for the boys’ varsity basketball game against North Harrison. The night will be a showcase for Lanesville’s scholar athletes, he said.
Morris told the board he attended the Third House legislative update, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County and Harrison County Farm Bureau Inc., at the Government Center in south Corydon on Feb. 13. He said he spoke to the three participants at the update ‘ State Sen. Erin Houchin and state Reps. Rhonda Rhoads and Steve Davisson ‘ mostly about ISTEP testing and what the future holds for state-wide testing.
‘Where it is as it stands, it’s not working, and there’s not a lot of confidence that it’ll work this year,’ Morris told the board. ‘ISTEP is not working; the time to take the test is unreasonable. I told them that whatever we do, we need to make sure we know what standards (a replacement test) is based on.’
He also told the board about Senate Bill 307, which calls for the consolidation of school administrative functions to make one school corporation in each of the state’s 92 counties. He said the bill has been moved to the House Education Committee, but the legislators he spoke to didn’t think anything would happen with the bill.
The board approved a facility-use request by the Lanesville Alumni Association (May 13 and 14) for its annual meeting.
The board also approved all seven personnel items: junior varsity softball coach Kevin Smith, junior varsity baseball coach Elliott Fuller, boys’ varsity golf coach Roger Reynolds, Asher Pursell as volunteer junior high assistant track coach, Carrie Moore as junior high boys’ track coach, the resignation of Lori Mason as special education instructional assistant and the hiring of Cynthia Jones as special education instructional assistant.