2014-12-16 / Front Page

Monday Night Meeting Was Last For Retiring School Board Members Hepfer And Asbury

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

Cloverdale students of the month for December 2014 are, left to right: CMS seventh grader Emily Byford, CHS senior Hannah Mann and CES fourth grader Erin Johnson. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale students of the month for December 2014 are, left to right: CMS seventh grader Emily Byford, CHS senior Hannah Mann and CES fourth grader Erin Johnson. (Staff Photo) The seven-member Cloverdale School Board convened December 8 for its final regular meeting of 2014. All seven members were in attendance, including retiring members Donna Fidler and Brian Asbury.

Both Fidler and Asbury were presented plaques for their years of service by CCSC Superintendent Greg Linton. Fidler has served the Cloverdale school system as a board member for the past 11 years, while Asbury has served for three and a half years. Both Asbury and Hepfer made closing comments at the end of the meeting.

“I would like to welcome the new members to the board, but I would also like to take this opportunity to challenge the new board,” Asbury said. “I believe we need to find more ways to help the top half of our kids. So much time and money has been spent on the bottom half in the last few years that it has led to our seniors having some of the lowest SAT scores in the state. It has impacted their ability to get scholarships… notably the Lilly (Endowment Community) Scholarship. It has also affected them getting into the colleges of their choice. I feel, as a parent, that they have been ignored.

“I can’t speak to why other board members ran. I ran for leadership change, stronger curriculum for the advanced kids and strength in our athletic department. I ran so I had a voice. My advice to you taxpayers is to not get discouraged.

“Lastly, I challenge you, the parents, to get involved with your kids. Hold the teachers and administrators accountable… only good can come of it.”

Next to speak was outgoing board member Pamelia Hepfer.

“Really it doesn’t seem like it has been eleven years,” Hepfer said. “I’ve enjoyed it. I love seeing the success of the kids. I too think the higher ability kids have been neglected and that’s a shame. I also know that we have an awful lot of kids that are struggling in school and they still need our help with reading and understanding math. I think when you have seniors that graduate that can’t read, that’s a shame. I think this corporation has been great. They’ve been supportive of the teachers, of the students and the board has been really good. I’ve loved every minute of it and good luck to the new members.”

The board also heard presentations from the building principals regarding the December students of the month.

Elementary School

Fourth grade student Erin Johnson has been named student of the month for Cloverdale Elementary School. Erin is the daughter of Steven and Heather Johnson. She lists her favorite subject as math. She plans to attend Indiana University or Purdue upon graduation to play softball and study to become a teacher or an engineer.

“One reason that Erin really brings joy to the classroom is her enthusiasm for learning,” Erin’s fourth grade teacher Mrs. Kemp said. “She always has many questions about the topics we are discussing. She also shares her own personal knowledge understand what is being taught. I love the fact that when we were discussing rocks, she brought in some of her own rocks to identify, repeating the procedures we used in a rock lab. Erin is also a huge help to others. She will spend time helping and/or encouraging others. Erin has even volunteered to stay in at recess and work with someone having trouble on an assignment.

Middle School

Cloverdale Middle School seventh grader Emily Byford has been named December student of the month. She is the daughter of Mindy Wagner and lists her favorite subject as social studies. Her future plans are to study at Notre Dame and become either a middle school or high school teacher.

Mr. Walton said, “It is a pleasure to have Emily in class. Emily has a very positive attitude, completes her assignments on time with thorough answers and is very engaged in classroom activities and discussions. Emily’s behavior and disposition serves as a model for others to follow. Emily’s smile is contagious and encouraging.”

High School

Hannah Mann has been chosen as the student of the month for Cloverdale High School. She is the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Mann and lists her favorite subjects as chemistry, calculus and AP English.

Ms. Sipe said, “Hannah is one of the most wonderful young ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure to teach! She is kind, caring and giving to all! She was a great addition to my classes and I miss having her as a student. Hannah will achieve whatever she desires in life as she has a positive attitude and the capability to succeed! Congratulations, Hannah!”

The board next heard from Cloverdale FFA member Taylor Goss regarding the chapter’s recent involvement with their annual toy drive. The Cloverdale FFA teamed up with South Putnam’s student council and the North Putnam FFA to host a toy drive. Students collected donations with 531 children receiving a hat, a pair of gloves, two stocking stuffers, two books and either small gifts or one large gift, such as one of 30 bikes donated by the Putnamville Department of Corrections.

Goss also noted that the Cloverdale FFA will once again host a livestock judging contest, scheduled for March 7, 2015. This contest will feature the judging of pigs, cows, goats and sheep. Over 300 kids, from all over the state, participated last year.

The board approved several items of new business including the proposed 2015-2016 school calendar and several professional leave, field trip and facility use requests. The board also approved the transfer in of four students.

In the final item of business for the night, the board approved personnel items including:


•Keith Troxal, CMS cafeteria ctockroom/freezer (part-time)

•Marcia Vaughn, CMS cafeteria (part-time)

•Donna Sommer, CMS cafeteria (part-time)

•Angela Rightmyer, CHS cafeteria (part-time)


•Kurt Kyle, CMS fiftheighth grade head wrestling coach.

During the board/superintendent comments section, superintendent Linton explained that the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) presented CCSC with a total of $33,556.15 in performance award money for the “A” school status at Cloverdale. This money will be divided evenly among all certified staff members who received a ‘highly effective’ or ‘effective’ score on last year’s evaluation.

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