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School trustees get updated about athletics, academics

School trustees get updated about athletics, academics School trustees get updated about athletics, academics
By Marie Mills, Contributing Writer

It’s sometimes difficult to ignore sports, especially when it’s Senior Night. So, with tip-off nearing, Dr. Ryan Apple took a few minutes during last Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees to talk athletics.

“We’re really proud of our girl’s team,” Apple, principal of the junior-senior high school, said. “Right now, they are second in the state in class 1A with a 20-1 record.”

The Lady Eagles went on to defeat visiting Salem that night.

Apple said the boys’ basketball team was overcoming difficulties with two wins in the last four games, and he spoke briefly of the school’s swim team.

“They break a school record every time they have a meet,” he said.
Academically, Ryan said the students were doing great.

“Last semester, we had 72 students on the A-B honor roll and 45 students on the All A honor roll,” he said. “That’s over 33% of our students on the honor rolls.”

He added that last quarter 91% of the junior-senior high school students had perfect attendance.

Jeff Smitley, principal of Lanesville Elementary School, informed the board about the upcoming Science Bowl.

“We have fourth, fifth and sixth graders competing on the state level next Tuesday,” he said.

The Science Bowl is run by the Indiana Association of Principals. Smitley said they look forward to doing more of these in the future.

Smitley also talked about the upcoming “national norms” testing on Feb. 10.

“This will be taken by our eighth graders, and their scores will be compared to the rest of the world’s students,” he said.

The board approved a contract for an interim superintendent, which will be a part-time position, consisting of four days a week. The superintendent position has been vacant since Steve Morris retired at the end of December.

The school trustees said in the past there was no separate superintendent; the work was done by the principal. They hope to have the position filled by Feb. 1.

During the financial meeting that preceded the regular board meeting, Apple described the financial position of the Lanesville schools as excellent.

“We have 149% of our operating income in reserve should there be a shortfall,” he said. “To put that in perspective, it’s suggested that we should have around 60% in reserve. Most schools have anywhere from 39% to 50%.”

Apple also said attendance numbers are now back up to pre-COVID.
As the board reorganized for the new year, it voted to keep the same officers as last year: Sharon Rothrock as president, Margaret Meyer as vice president and Jaycen Abell as secretary. Penny Schmelz, Rita Brewington and Rebecca Stilger will also retain their positions.

It was announced that homecoming will be Saturday and the junior class will sell “Soapy Joes” soap products to raise funds for After Prom.

The board’s next regular meeting is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m.