2012-03-20 / Front Page

Cloverdale School Board Hears Update On Art Department, Honors Students Of Month

by Amanda York
Staff Writer


Student of the month winners representing both elementary and middle school were recognized and received their award. Shown above are, left to right, CES fourth grade student Kacey Shedron and CMS eighth grader Samantha Atwood. (Staff Photo) Student of the month winners representing both elementary and middle school were recognized and received their award. Shown above are, left to right, CES fourth grade student Kacey Shedron and CMS eighth grader Samantha Atwood. (Staff Photo) The Cloverdale School Board came together March 12 for their monthly meeting at the Arthur L. Johnson Administration Center. All members were present with the exception of Duane Huge.

After the meeting was called to order and emergency additions to the agenda were approved, the board moved onto routine matters where February 14 and 25th regular and executive session meeting minutes were approved as well as the claims and financial reports.

Moving onto the communications portion of the meeting, the board next heard and recognized Student of the Month winners at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Fourth grader Kacey Shedron was acknowledged as student of the month at Cloverdale Elementary. She is the daughter of Melinda and Todd Shedron and lists her favorite subject as math. Nominated by her teacher Mrs. Bookwalter, she is described as a ‘get it done’ girl.


Larry Freund Larry Freund “No matter what the challenge or assignment, Kacey is ready to take it on and do it to the best of her ability,” Mrs. Bookwalter noted. “This applies to tackling new skills in the classroom or helping the teacher with projects. She is always eager and ready to help another student or the teacher.

“Kacey has excellent attendance.

She was on the honor roll for both the first and second term. She sets a wonderful example of being a responsible student. She always completes her work on time and is part of every classroom discussion. You can always count on her to make the right choice. Her quiet leadership of showing by example is a quality that other students could follow. Her cooperation, great attitude and perseverance make her an outstanding fourth grader!”

At the middle school, outstanding eighth grade student Samantha Atwood was chosen. Samantha is the daughter of Debbie and Scott Atwood and lists her favorite subject as math. She enjoys cheerleading, hanging out with her friends, 4-H and getting to know her teachers. She says that she has especially enjoyed Mrs. Nuckols’ class. She plans to attend college and would like to be- come an accountant.

“Samantha is a delightful young lady,” Mrs. Nuckols said. “She has such a caring heart and would do anything for anyone. She is also a diligent worker. She works very hard at every task she is given. Having her two years ago in sixth grade was an honor. Cloverdale Middle School is lucky to have her as a student!”

Unable to make the event, but still recognized was CHS junior Larry Freund, son of George and Robin Freund. Larry lists his favorite subjects as Biology I and English II. His hobbies and interests include racing dirt bikes and competing in track. He is also involved in FFA and FCA. He plans to join the Marines in the future.

“Larry is such an awesome young man,” Mrs. Sewell said. “He is so very polite, kind, caring and helpful. He always has a smile on his face, works very hard, always gives his best efforts in everything he does and is just a wonderful person. We are so fortunate to have Larry as a student here in our building.”

The board next heard from CCSC art department teachers Beth Williams, Janelle Cole and Daniel Varnes. A PowerPoint presentation was given, displaying some of the artwork currently being created by Cloverdale students. It was announced that this artwork is displayed not only in the school’s hallways but some at the Putnam County Museum and library as well. Tri Kappa art show and Putnam County Museum art show winners were recognized in the slide show as well. It was announced that the annual art fair would be held May 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cloverdale’s elementary and middle schools.

Next on the agenda, CCSC Superintendent Dr. Carrie Milner presented material for review from Energy Systems Group. The group cited boiler, chiller and roofing issues which the board was already aware of.

“We’re looking into our debt service right now to at least get a good idea of what options we have and we will consider those options down the road,” Dr. Milner said.

The board plans an executive session walk-through to see what the boilers look like and to examine other issues and visit all the options.

Dr. Milner next presented a list of proposed district goals to the board for approval. The goals for last year were met. The new goals are as follows:

•CCSC will promote, build and sustain relationships with community members including business, higher education and volunteer organizations for the purpose of utilizing their knowledge and resources to accomplish the mission of the school corporation.

Immediate: Increase access to real time student data to families to communicate student progress.

Ongoing: Promote our successes and mission to current and newly formed community organizations and businesses through news releases and community events.

•CCSC will be a good steward of financial resources to manage and allocate budgets to meet instructional needs today and in the future.

Immediate: CCSC will develop and implement a fiveyear technology replacement plan and work three years ahead of the plan to secure and plan funding. Options will be explored and implemented to evaluate and prioritize mechanical systems and facilities for needed repair or replacement for the purpose of reducing utility and maintenance costs.

Ongoing: Continuously monitor revenue and expenditures in each fund to operate within all budgetary limits in all tax supported funds. Preserve cash reserves in the General Fund in anticipation of additional funding reductions at the state level.

•CCSC will continuously develop, maintain and monitor rigorous student programs which meet individual student needs and show student achievement and growth.

Immediate: Explore and provide additional early college and dual credit opportunities for high school students. Create curriculum maps for all grade levels and subject areas to align with new or updated state standards, state curriculum maps and assessments Implement a Technology Committee consisting of teachers and administrators to create a 10-year technology plan for CCSC to integrate and articulate technology instruction and resources into the current and future curriculum.

Ongoing: Support and encourage teacher growth in order to increase effectiveness in the classroom. Provide teachers and administrators continued support to develop and foster effective intervention structures to support our highest and most needy learners.

The goals were approved with board member Brian Asbury abstaining from the vote.

The board heard further updates and information on summer school, the ISBA (Indiana School Board Association) spring Region Seven meeting, a report on the Putnam County Foundation Phone-A-Thon and the special education IDOE (Indiana Department of Education) indicator reporter for 2009-2010.

In the final business of the day, the board moved to approve facility use, professional leave, field trip and cash transfer requests as well as personnel. Personnel issues approved included: Middle School Resignation

•Debbie Atwood, cheerleading coach Hire/Volunteer

•Amber Manion, volunteer assistant girls’ track coach High School Hire/Volunteer

•Rod Mann, girls’ track volunteer assistant coach

The next meeting of the Cloverdale School Board will take place Monday, April 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur L. Johnson Administration Center, located on East Logan Street..

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