2015-11-17 / Front Page

Cloverdale School Board Approves 2016-17 Calendar; Reschedules December Meeting

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

CCSC students of the month honored November 9th included, left to right: Taylor Bernard (CES, November), Arianna McCracker (CMS, November), Shelby Nees, (CMS, October), and Katie Selig (CHS, November). (Staff Photo) CCSC students of the month honored November 9th included, left to right: Taylor Bernard (CES, November), Arianna McCracker (CMS, November), Shelby Nees, (CMS, October), and Katie Selig (CHS, November). (Staff Photo) The Cloverdale School Board met November 9th where, after the organization of the meeting and approval of meeting minutes and claims and financial reports, the board moved on to communications where students of the month were announced.


Taylor Bernard was honored as the Cloverdale Elementary student of the month for November. Taylor, the daughter of Tim and Sheri Bearnard, is a fourth grader in Mrs. Crum’s class and lists her favorite subject as social studies. She also enjoys reading, learning about history and Indians, and playing softball. When she grows up, Taylor would like to be a rheumatologist.

Mrs. Wetter nominated Taylor saying, “Taylor is the perfect student. She very rarely talks out of turn. Her work is always done and she is always asking for extra things to learn. Taylor is also always willing to help others with whatever is needed. She goes above and beyond on all assignments, to help others and to learn.”

Middle School

Cloverdale Middle School (CMS) student Shelby Nees was honored as student of the month at CMS for the month of October. She was unable to accept the award last month as she was in Tijuana, Mexico on a mission trip during fall break.

Shelby is the daughter of Becky and Brian Nees and is in the eighth grade. She is a member of FFA, cheerleading, and the softball team. She lists her favorite class as geometry and would like to attend college and pursue a career in the medical field.

Mrs. Susan Smith said, “Shelby Nees is an outstanding student example for Cloverdale Community Schools. She is a positive role model and has great compassion for her peers. She is an excellent student, and a fine young lady. It was a pleasure having her in my fifth grade classroom several years ago.”

The November student of the month for the middle school is Arianna McCracken. Arianna is the daughter of Sherry and Donnie Mc- Cracken and she is in the eighth grade at CMS.

Arianna lists her favorite subjects as math and science. She plays basketball and soccer and in the future she would like attend college, but is unsure of what she wants to study.

Arianna was described as a hardworking young lady who has also shown the willingness to be introspective. She assesses her weaknesses and works to get stronger in those areas. In addition to her academics, she is kind and helpful with her peers while also showing the leadership to ‘do the right thing,’ and help keep others on track as well.

High School

The Cloverdale High School (CHS) student of the month for November is Katie Selig, daughter of Mike and Nikki Selig.

Katie is a freshman at CHS and lists her favorite subjects as biology and geometry. Her hobbies include gardening and reading. Her extra-curricular activities include FH and FFA. She plans on attending college in the future with hopes of pursuing an Ag-related career.

Mrs. Meluch said, “Katie is always responsible for her own learning. I can always count on Katie to make sure she has all her work done and that she is learning herself. She will ask questions when she doesn’t understand and I know that she is trying to better herself every day. She is involved in school clubs and maintains her activities as well. Katie is an example of a student and a leader for our school.”

Following the students of the month presentation, a recommendation was made by Cloverdale Community School Corporation Superintendent Greg Linton to approve the 2016-2017 school calendar. Linton met with building principals, the teachers association, and three other Putnam County superintendents to develop the calendar. Changes to the approved calendar include school being in session on December 19 and 20th in 2016 and spring break and fall break being moved one week later. The first student day will be on Monday, August 8, 2016 and the last day of school would be Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

A request from Linton was also granted to move December’s board meeting from the regularly scheduled date of December 14th to December 7. Linton will be attending the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents annual meeting December 13-15 and would be unable to attend a board meeting on the 14th.

The board approved a donation to Cloverdale Middle School from the Walmart Industries in the amount of $1,145.82.

Several professional leave, facility use, and transfer-in requests were approved, as well as field trip requests. Field trips approved included three that had already taken place as well as several upcoming FFA field trips, a seventh grade trip to the children’s museum, and an eighth grade trip to Area 30.

Lastly, several personnel items were approved including:


•Maria Skiles, CHS biology teacher (replacement for C. Meluch).

•Misti Lester, CES developmental pre-K parttime aide.


•Matt Hall, CHS varsity wrestling coach.

•Tony Meyer, CHS head varsity baseball coach.

•Matthew Langdon, CMS eighth grade girls’ basketball coach.

•Travis Dorsett, CMS seventh grade girls’ basketball coach.

•Brandon Moon, CMS eighth grade boys’ basketball coach.

•Billy Boyette, CMS seventh grade boys’ basketball coach.

•Tim Powell, CHS varsity baseball volunteer assistant.

•Mike Rossock, CHS varsity baseball volunteer assistant.

•Tom Winders, CHS varsity football volunteer assistant.

•Taulbee Jackson, CHS varsity football volunteer assistant.

In the time normally given for board and/or superintendent comments, Linton yielded the floor to his building administrators so they could give brief updates on the happenings at CES, CMS, and CHS.

Red-ribbon week activities at CES, and monetary donations to both CES and CMS were noted. Academic teams are up and running at both CMS and CHS and the spell bowl team at CHS just finished a competition while the CMS spell bowl team is set to compete soon.

In attendance for building principal Sonny Stoltz, CHS guidance counselor Beth Sewell announced that Indiana Senator Todd Rokita nominated the Cloverdale Emerald Command to represent Indiana in celebrating the 240th birthday of the country at the national Independence Day parade in Washington, D.C., one of the largest celebrations of its kind.

Sewell also let the board know that Evan Monnett was announced as a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist.

Cloverdale School Board members Donna Fidler, Daniel Hofmann, Duane Huge, Christopher Mann, Bobbi Nees, Rob Schroer, and Vivian Whitaker will meet again on Monday, December 7, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur C. Johnson Administration Building, located on East Logan Street in Cloverdale.

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