BY ROSE SCHMITT
VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — The Southeast Fountain School Board approved the employment of four new teachers at the high school. They are: Aaron Warner, biology; Ashley Wehner, agriculture; Tyler Huckstep, chemistry; and Dustin Harkleroad, math.
The board also approved the resignation of Michael Trueblood as the high school principal, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Superintendent Doug Allison said Trueblood decided to return to the industrial work force and had accepted a leadership position with Flex N Gate of Urbana. Before becoming a teacher, Trueblood had worked at Flex N Gate.
The school board approved Patrick Culp as the new principal of Fountain Central with a contract through June 30, 2015. Culp had been the assistant principal at Fountain Central.
In other business, school board members:
-- Approved the retirement/resignation of Karen Peevler as an instructional assistant at the high school.
-- Approved the employment of Amie Bowling as guidance secretary at the high school.
-- Approved the contract for Brian Moore as director of student activities at Southeast Fountain School Corporation with a one-year contract extension through June 30, 2015.
-- Approved the contract for Diana Spence as elementary principal at Southeast Fountain Elementary School with a one-year contract extension through June 30, 2015.
-- Approved the contract for Jody Schmitt as elementary assistant principal at Southeast Fountain Elementary School with a one-year contract extension through June 30, 2015.
-- Approved the quote from Interstate Builders of West Lebanon in the amount of $121,739 for the football athletic facility.
-- Held the second reading of the Anaphylaxis Policy (Severe Reaction Policy) and then approved it in a 4-0 motion.
-- Approved the revised Random Drug Testing Policy Student Consent Form. Allison said the old consent form was not compatible with online registration and now it is.
-- Approved the elementary book fees for 2013-14 school year. Spence said book fees went down in all the grades except for third grade, which went up due to the incorporation of the ALEKS computer based math program.
-- Heard a commendation from Culp to Lauren Kerestes for an exceptional valedictorian speech that was well-thought out and respectful.
-- Learned from Spence that the IREAD3 re-test went well with 12 of the 14 re-testers passing. She said the two special education students also showed significant improvement even though they didn’t pass the test. Spence added that the success of the re-test was in large part due to Missy Duncan and Carmine Akers, who put the re-testers through two weeks of IREAD3 boot camp in preparation for the test.
-- Heard from Allison that the summer construction project is set to begin Monday in the high school band and chorus room.
The Southeast Fountain School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. EDT July 11.