2012-05-22 / Front Page

Cloverdale School Board Receives Dollars For Scholars, Technology & AdvancEd Accreditation Updates

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

The Cloverdale School Board recently honored the CES, CMS and CHS students of the month for May 2. They are, left to right: CES third grader Autumn Lewellen, CHS senior Ashley Grove and CMS sixth grader Machaela Skaggs. 
(Staff Photo) The Cloverdale School Board recently honored the CES, CMS and CHS students of the month for May 2. They are, left to right: CES third grader Autumn Lewellen, CHS senior Ashley Grove and CMS sixth grader Machaela Skaggs. (Staff Photo) The Cloverdale School Board recently met to go over business for the month of May 2012. All members were present.

After the approval of April 9th meeting minutes and the claims and financial reports, the board moved on to hear from CES and CMS Principal Stacey Baugh and CHS Principal Sonny Stoltz regarding students of the month.

Autumn Lewellen, third grade daughter of Josh and Amanda Lewellen, has been named student of the month at the elementary school. Autumn lists her favorite subject as math and also enjoys reading. She aspires to one day become a teacher.

Mrs. Neese said, “Autumn is truly deserving of the honor of being selected as student of the month for CES. She puts forth her best effort on every assignment and is always willing to accept more challenging work when her abilities warrant such differentiation. Autumn comes to school ready to learn and offers to assist any adult or student in any way she can. She can be counted on to have integrity and be responsible, which allows her to work independently and earn privileges. Autumn’s peers have acknowledged her ability to be an effective leader by electing her as our class student council representative. Autumn is well on her way to becoming a citizen who will make a positive impact in our community.”

CMS sixth grade student Machaela Skaggs was chosen as student of the month for the middle school. She is the daughter of Dawn and Tom Skaggs and lists her favorite subject as math. She also participates in choir and loves to read, particularly fiction and stories about animals. In the future, Machaela would like to attend college and study geology.

Mrs. Ames said, “Machaela is a very hard worker and one of the most sincere students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. She always puts forth 110-percent in all of her work. Machaela is helpful to other students and always has kind words for her fellow peers and teachers. I truly enjoy having Machaela in my sixth grade class. She is a great success now, and I know she will be a success in the future as well!”

At the high school, CHS senior Ashley Grove was chosen as student of the month. She is the daughter of Philip and Jayne Grove and lists her favorite subjects as biology II, ceramics and painting. Her extracurricular activities include SADD, Teen Speak, Chess Club and Science Club. She has received Cumulative Honors, a Computer Aps Award and Advance Child Develop Award. Her future plans are to attend Indiana State University and become an OB (obstetrics) nurse.

Mr. Varnes said, “Ashely is a very polite and respectful student. She always puts forth a quality effort on her artwork and participates in class discussions. Ashley is also a student with a great personality and a kind heart. She is always willing to lend a helping hand or give an encouraging word. Ashley makes class more enjoyable and I appreciate her positive attitude. Congratulations, Ashley!”

Following the student of the month presentations, the board heard from Mr. Steve Ricketts, Cloverdale’s FiveStar Technology Coordinator, who serves as the CCSC Technology Coordinator via contract. Mr. Ricketts gave a complete technology update for the corporation, noting upgrades and changes that have been made throughout.

Next on the agenda, the board heard from CES/ CMS Principal Stacey Baugh regarding the recent AdvancEd (QAR) visit.

“I am happy to report that we were fully accredited when the QAR (Quality Assurance Review) team was here,” Baugh noted. “That is an honor for us, as far as a district-wide accreditation.”

Cloverdale Schools received several notations of excellence during the visit. The district will be up for review again in five years.

The board then moved on to accept a $10,000 high school media center grant as well as a $750 Putnam County Community Foundation grant. Also during this time, those in attendance heard from Ms. Vivian Whitaker regarding the recent Dollars for Scholars ‘Phone-A-Thon’ event.

“I am here to tell you how excited everybody associated with ‘Dollars for Scholars’ here in our community is,” Whitaker explained. “Our fundraiser was a success. In seven hours time we received the pledges that we need. All that money came in and a little bit more within about two months of when we had it. So, we have received our matching funds from our local business people that made some pretty sizeable donations and the Foundation. We have added over $45,000 to our endowment.”

Under new business, the board approved a long list if items including the approval to authorize the publication of the notice of the project and lease hearing, 2012-2013 faculty/student/ athlete handbooks, bus driver detail, lunch price adjustment, summer band program, disposition of surplus property, facility use requests, professional leave requests, field trip requests and finally personnel.

The following were approved under personnel: Resignation

•Terri Morin Retirement

•Linda Nowling, CHS

•Patty Lien, CMS

•Bruce Cook, CMS Employment

•Chelsey Meluch, CMS/ CHS agriculture instructor

•Brittany Hughes, CMS cheer coach

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

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