2013-12-17 / Front Page

Cloverdale School Board Issues Statement Regarding Incident; Accepts Livingston Resignation

Next Meeting Is Will Be Held On Monday, January 13 At 7 P.M.
by Amanda York
Staff Writer

The Cloverdale Community School Board of Trustees convened December 9th for their last meeting of the calendar year.

With an Indianapolis television news station satellite van in the parking lot and a packed room in attendance, the board began the meeting with a prepared statement.

Board president Duane Huge read the following, “The Board of Trustees for the Cloverdale Community School Board would like to make the following statement in regards to the current situation with our fellow board member Brian Asbury:

“We want to convey to our school community - students, teachers and parents - that we take our responsibility very seriously. We have a policy that states our Code of Ethics and one of the many items listed in that Code of Ethics is “...winning the community’s confidence that all is being done in the best interests of school children”. Therefore, the school board wishes to express that the current events and situations with Mr. Asbury are not appropriate behavior or acceptable activities for a board member. We are not judging him because that is not our job; however, it is our job as board members to be good role models to encourage our students to be their personal best at all times.

“The law states that an elected official be convicted of a felony crime before they must be removed from an elected office. An individual may resign an office before the term has expired. We trust that Mr. Asbury will do what is in the best interest of the students of the district and consider resigning his current position. This is his decision to make - not ours for him. His resignation would in no way be an admission of guilt for any pending charges against him, but would serve the best interest of the students and community in taking responsibility for his behavior.”

Also, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Steve Livingston as CMS behavior interventionist and CHS head wrestling coach. Livingston, along with Asbury were charged with felony assault in Iowa stemming from an altercation outside an Independence, Iowa bar in early November.

No further comment was made regarding the matter by board member, administrators or the public on hand.

The board took time to hear from CHS senior and toy drive chair Heather Goss regarding a donation from the Putnamville Department of Corrections. Goss gave a brief overview of the project, noting that 496 children were served from Putnam, Owen, Morgan, Montgomery, Clay and Vermillion counties. The Putnamville Department of Corrections donated 30 bicycles to be used as gifts.

Under new business, the board voted to approve professional leave, field trip and facility use requests.

In other personnel items, the following were approved as well: Maternity Leave

•Christy Schmeckebier, CES Guidance Counselor Employment

•Lisa Harvey, CES Guidance Counselor Reassignment

•Maria Langdon, CES/ CMS Cafeteria to CHS Custodian Coaching/Hire/Volunteer

•Christian Frye, CHS Head Wrestling Coach

The next meeting of the Cloverdale School Board is scheduled for Monday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m.

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