2014-10-21 / Front Page

School Board Member Returns, Reads From Prepared Statement

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

The Monday, October 13th meeting of the Cloverdale Community School Corporation (CCSC) Board of Trustees found all seven members in attendance as well as newly-hired CCSC Superintendent Greg Linton.

With routine matters including the approval of September 8 and 15, 2014 meeting minutes and claims and financial reports completed, the board moved on to the presentation of Students of the Month. CES student of the month is Mcguire Lee while Markus Priest was selected for the middle school and Sarah Neeley for the high school. Additional details will be printed later this week in the Spencer Evening World.

Moving on to new business, the board approved the adoption of the proposed 2015 budgets, tax rates and levies, capital projects plans and school bus replacement plan and resolutions. A donation from the State Farm Good Neighbor Program was also approved.

Several professional leave requests and facility use requests were approved as well as field trip requests for the following:

•October 8 - Sewell to Area 30.

•October 12 - Cole and band to Martinsville.

•October 15 - Tyler/ Boyce to Greenwood.

•October 24 - Meluch/ FFA to Ag Center/POET.

•October 27 - Fifth grade to Putnam County Courthouse.

•October 30 - M. Wallace to Rockville.

•November 3 - Fifth grade to Putnam County Courthouse.

•November 12 - Puckett/ third grade to Lily Center/ IMAX.

•November 18 - Meluch/ FFA to Monroe County.

•November 19 - Sixth Grade to Indiana Repertory.

•November 21-23 - Meluch/ FFA to Trafalgar.

•December 4 - Mann/AP Physics to DePauw University.

•December 13 - Meluch/ FFA to Purdue University.

•December 19 - Second grade to Tivoli Theatre in Spencer.

A total of 10 cash transfer requests were also approved, as well as the following personnel items:

Employment/Volunteer

•Lisa Rambo, CES special education teacher.

•Robert “Sam” Jones, CMS eighth grade social studies teacher.

•Dennis Weir, CMS fifth grade health teacher.

•Amanda Storrs, CES instructional assistant.

•Julie Wagoner, CMS instructional assistant.

•Sharon Fellows, CES/ CMS breakfast head cook.

•Jenna Smith, CHS volunteer livestock coach.

•Andrew Williams, CHS volunteer color guard coach.

•Rebecca Raisor, CHS volunteer color guard coach.

•Makayla Frye, CHS volunteer color guard coach.

Resignation

•Cindy Peterson, CES instructional assistant.

•Amanda Gibboney, CHS teacher.

Reassignment

•Alice Hecks, CES/CMS lunch head cook.

Coaching/ Hire/ Volunteer

•Brandon Moon, eighth grade boys’ basketball coach.

•Billy Boyette, seventh grade boys’ basketball coach.

•Travis Dorsett, eighth grade girls’ basketball coach.

•Heather Lee, seventh grade girls’ basketball coach.

•Jacob Clark, CMS boys’ basketball volunteer assistant coach.

•Tyler Payne, CHS/CMS wrestling volunteer assistant coach.

•Kurt Kyle, CHS/CMS wrestling volunteer assistant coach.

•Kyle Ellis, CHS/CMS wrestling volunteer assistant coach.

•Tim Wilkes, CHS/CMS wrestling volunteer assistant coach.

Just prior to the adjournment of the meeting, superintendent Linton and board member Brian Asbury both addressed the board.

“I appreciate the very warm welcome that I’ve had,” Linton said. “I think this was day 10. The time has gone very quickly, but in that short period of time I’ve been able to meet with building administrators, assistant principals, department heads, a few parents and some kids.

“Also, my wife and I attended the band and music concert the other evening at the middle school. We had a very good time. The place was packed and the band and choir both sounded very good.”

In the final comment of the night, Asbury read aloud the following statement, “Tonight, I have chosen to resume my position on the board to which I was elected. I have been absent to eliminate further discussion and speculation, so that the full attention of the board could be on the education of our students. I’d also like to thank the few people who believed in our innocence. These have been trying times for both Mr. (Steve) Livingston and myself. It’s very easy to believe the media when allegations are depicted as the truth. The truth is and was our innocence as proven in the court of law.”

Asbury has been absent from school board meetings since his arrest following an altercation at a bar in Iowa last fall. He was recently acquitted of all charges in the case.

The next meeting of the Cloverdale School Board is scheduled for Monday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur C. Johnson Administration Building, located at 310 East Logan Street in Cloverdale.

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