2011-03-22 / Front Page

Cloverdale School Board Hears Knoy Resource Center Update, Hires New Head Football Coach

Next Meeting Will Be Held Monday, April 11
by Amanda York
Staff Writer

Selected as Cloverdale Community School Corporation Students of the Month for March were, left to right: CHS freshman Lindsay Robson, CMS sixth grader Seth Harrison and CES second grader Phoebe McDonald. (Staff Photo) Selected as Cloverdale Community School Corporation Students of the Month for March were, left to right: CHS freshman Lindsay Robson, CMS sixth grader Seth Harrison and CES second grader Phoebe McDonald. (Staff Photo) In the absence of board president Pamelia Hepfer, the remaining six members of the Cloverdale School Board came together Monday, March 14 to address a rather lengthy agenda.

After the approval of February 14th and 26th meeting minutes, claims and financial reports, the panel moved on to a second reading of several bylaws and policies and a first reading of policy 5530.01 regarding drug testing.

Moving on to communications, board members heard from building administrators about the chosen CCSC Students of the Month.

Second grade student Phoebe McDonald was chosen as student of the month for Cloverdale Elementary for the month of March. A student in Mrs. Ranard’s class, Phoebe lists her favorite subject as math and reading as one of her favorite hobbies. She also enjoys drawings and participates in Girl Scouts. She is the daughter of Kristine and Troy McDonald.

“Phoebe comes to school ready to work,” Mrs. Ranard said. “She is eager to learn. Phoebe puts forth her best effort each and every day. She perseveres on challenging work. She sets a good example for her peers and she is very well-mannered.

Cloverdale Middle School’s Seth Harrison received student of the month honors this month. Seth, a sixth grader, is the son of Walter Harrison Jr. and lists his favorite class as life skills; he especially liked the unit on cooking that the class just completed. Seth is a member of the band. He plays trumpet, but is also learning the saxophone. In the future, Seth would like to pursue a career as a police officer.

“Seth is very helpful to teachers and students at CMS,” Mr. Gibboney said. “You can always count on Seth putting forth his best effort.”

CHS freshman Lindsay Robson was honored as student of the month at the high school. Lindsay is the daughter of Mark Robson and Stephanie Yartz. She lists her favorite subjects as math and P.E. Her extracurricular activities include choir, volleyball, softball, cheerleading and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Lindsay’s future plans include attending college and becoming a teacher.

Mrs. Sewell said, “Lindsay is such a wonderful young lady! She is one of our top freshmen, always wears a smile and is just a joy to be around. She has a great smile and a positive attitude all the time!”

Following the student of the month presentations the board moved on, hearing from Toni Tomlinson, Knoy Resource Center Coordinator.

Tomlinson talked about exciting things going on at the Knoy Center including a recent chance meeting with District 44 State Representative Jim Baird and State Senator Richard Bray.

“‘Learning environment’ is a new buzzword that’s out there,” Tomlinson said. “We’ve created, within our schools, this learning environment like… well, there is nothing like what we have out there. That is probably one of the things I heard the most from other legislators that came down, ‘Oh my, more schools have got to do this!’ So we have a lot to be proud of.”

She went on to pass out literature to board members detailing the student success directly attributed to the Knoy Resource Center. In year one, 2009-2010, at the Knoy Elementary and Middle School Resource Centers, 86 regular participants received a passing grade in ISTEP+ Math while 19 regular participants received a pass plus grade. In reading/language arts, 98 regular participants garnered passing marks while 11 received pass plus marks. Seventy students increased their reading grades overall while 71 increased their math grade.

Grades weren’t the only thing highlighted in the presentation, as behavior was also affected:

•30 percent of students improved behavior as demonstrated by turning homework in on time

•28 percent of students improved behavior as demonstrated by turning in homework that was satisfactory to the teacher

•53 percent of students showed increased participation in class; and

•26 percent of students improved behavior in terms of coming to school motivated to learn.

It was also noted at the Western Indiana Knoy Learning Centers, year one, 2010-2011, results included:

•17 participating school districts in six Indiana counties

•439 students enrolled

•139 credits issued as of January 2011; and

•6 diplomas issued as of January 2011.

Moving on to new business, the board voted to accept a $1,900 donation for drug testing as well as approving four cash transfer requests, a multiple facility use, a field trip and professional leave requests.

In personnel matters, the board learned of the following resignations: Diana Baker, bus driver for route 17; Jennifer Greeson, bus driver for route 7; and Missy Carrell, CHS assistant softball coach.

The board also approved hiring Brian Knapp as CHS assistant softball coach and junior varsity softball coach, and John Butler as head high school football coach

The next meeting of the Cloverdale School Board will be held Monday, April 11 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur L. Johnson Administration Center, located on East Logan Street in Cloverdale.

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