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SH temporarily suspends its eLearning days

SH temporarily suspends its eLearning days SH temporarily suspends its eLearning days
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees decided at its meeting last Tuesday night to suspended eLearning days for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

The decision came after Mark Carl, South Harrison schools’ eLearning coach, presented survey findings from the district about eLearning days.

Prior to Dec. 1, the district had three eLearning days during the current school year.

Sixty percent of families responded to the survey, Carl said, and 83% of those responding said the students in that household were aware and knew how to attend Google Meet classes.

However, many said they didn’t feel the days were working as effectively as they should be, Carl told the board. Some reasons given were that some families had a lack of internet access or it was difficult for working families to manage the students on those days, he said.

Survey takers suggested sending paper work home with kids or just allowing them to come to school in person, according to Carl.

Because of the responses, Carl suggested the board vote to change the Feb. 5 eLearning day to a regular school day. He also recommended it change eLearning make-up days on Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and May 4.

The board agreed this would be best for the students this year, until the corporation can determine how to better handle these days. They unanimously voted yes to these revisions to the school calendar.

Also at the meeting, board members Shelly Romero and Mindy Wibbels, both whom decided not to run for a third term, were thanked for their past eight years on the board.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge presented Romero and Wibbels with Zimmerman Art Glass creations, which have colors from each of the schools in the district in the pieces, as a token of appreciation for all they were able to accomplish during their time as board members.

Each board member gave their well wishes to the duo as well, many thanking them for the effort they have put behind bettering South Central Elementary and Junior-Senior High schools.

“During your tenures, this board has had a lot of things to tackle, but you have built so much,” Eastridge said. “You all have built internships, a college and career readiness program from scratch, a social and emotional learning program, a maker’s space and so much more.

“Your trademark, with this board, is being a calm, steady, strong leadership team,” he said. “You both will be greatly missed, and I thank you both.”

In her thanks to the other board members and to Eastridge, Wibbels said that it felt good and brought a sense of peace to her to know that, while they were leaving the board, their seats were being filled by two people they believed were up for the challenge.

Succeeding Romero as the Boone-Taylor Township representative (District 2) will be Nicholas D. Evans. Deneen A. Stewart will take over the Posey Township seat (District 3), which Wibbels had.

“I ran for this position because I wanted to make a difference and I thought some things could and should be changed,” Romero said to the board. “This board doesn’t need changed now, and I have so much trust and respect for everyone leading South Harrison schools now. I have nothing but thanks for everyone here.”

The board also approved numerous personnel and operational matters at the meeting.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. the corporation office in Corydon.