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December 14, 2012

Southeast Fountain school board hears parents’ concerns

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Southeast Fountain school board members heard Thursday from parents Stephanie Campbell and Trudy Link.

Campbell said that she has three daughters in school and has had many concerns this year, especially with school finances. Campbell doesn’t think that English Lab is getting the support it needs when, according to assistant principal Pat Culp, the lab instructor earns $8.53 an hour.

Campbell doesn’t like the way money is being spent by the school corporation when $6,000 was spent on a desk and book case at the elementary and in contrast some teachers are being laid off.

“They need to get their priorities straight,” Campbell said, adding part of the problem is the chain of command.

School board president Doug Davenport responded “the board creates policies and oversees the administrators that run the schools.” He said board members are just as frustrated with the schools’ finances, because they can’t just take from any fund they want such as the capital projects fund or transportation fund to pay teachers.

Paul Pfledderer, the school corporation’s financial consultant, explained teacher salaries are paid only out of the general fund that is controlled by the state and based on a school’s enrollment. Pfledderer added even though the desk purchase might not have been in the best taste, it was paid out of the capital projects fund.

Link voiced her concern for the math lab and math program in general at the high school. She is worried her daughter may not be getting enough help in the math lab and will not be able to pass the state test.

Davenport thanked both Campbell and Link for their input.

In other business, school board members:

Hired Patricia Burton as a special services teacher at Fountain Central Junior-Senior High School beginning with the second semester 2012-2013.

Tabled for further discussion a decision on the proposal from Deckard Engineering/Surveying, Inc of Crawfordsville for site engineering and site surveying work at the high school and sports complexes.

Heard from Culp that finals week is next week at the high School.

Heard from board member Jeff Fishero that the federal government has relaxed some of its restrictions on school lunches. Carla Whitehead, food services director, said the changes mean an increase in grains in a student’s lunch and the return of a cookie to the elementary lunch.

Heard from Fishero that board member Josh Foxworthy “was an outstanding board member” during his term on the board. Foxworthy was not at the meeting since he was attending his children’s Christmas program at the elementary. Fishero went on to congratulate Donna Deel, who will take Foxworthy’s place on the board in the new year.

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