2016-02-16 / Front Page

Cloverdale School Board Hears FFA And Testing Presentations At Recent Meeting

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

The latest Cloverdale students of the month are, left to right: Haley Hamm, CHS senior; Harrison Tyler, CES second grader; and Sydney Willis, CMS sixth grader. (Staff Photo) The latest Cloverdale students of the month are, left to right: Haley Hamm, CHS senior; Harrison Tyler, CES second grader; and Sydney Willis, CMS sixth grader. (Staff Photo) The Cloverdale School Board convened February 8 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Board members Daniel Hofmann and Rob Schroer were not in attendance.

The meeting was called to order by board president, Duane Huge. After the approval of meeting minutes from January 11, 2016, claims and financial reports were approved to the tune of $856,656.61 with $493,789.57 of that going to payroll.

Moving on to communications, the board heard from building principals who introduced the students of the month for February.

Elementary School

The February student of the month for Cloverdale Elementary School is Harrison Tyler. Harrison is a second grader in Mrs. Ranard’s class and lists his favorite subject as math. He is the son of Andy and Kelly Tyler.

Harrison participates in Boy Scouts and football and enjoys pole vaulting, and hiking in the woods. When he grows up, Harrison would like to be a high school history teacher.

Mrs. Ranard nominated him by saying, “Harrison comes to school with a positive attitude. He is friendly and kind. He is a great role model for his peers. He is cooperative and well-behaved. He always follows directions. Harrison is ready to work and willing to help others.”

Middle School

Sixth grader Sydney Willis was named student of the month at Cloverdale Middle School (CMS). Sydney is the daughter of Melissa and Kevin Willis and in the future she would like to attend Indiana University to become a nurse practitioner. She says she would like to work at Riley Hospital for Children in orthopedics.

Sydney is active in her youth group at Millgrove United Methodist Church. She is in Girl Scouts and ran cross country at CMS. She is in the sixth grade band and choir, and the running club.

Mrs. Rossok said, “Sydney is a very polite girl who always says hello and goodbye Mrs. Rossok. She is a very good student and truly cares about her academics. She is nice to her fellow peers and will help anyone in time of need. In science class, a fellow student didn’t have a partner and Sydney wanted to work by herself, but she went and asked the fellow classmate to be her partner instead. Great example for everyone!”

High School

The February student of the month at Cloverdale High School (CHS) is Haley Hamm. Haley, a senior, is the daughter of Scott and Kimberly Hamm. She lists her favorite subjects as English and history. Her hobbies, interests and extra-curricular activities include reading, photography, 4-H, National Honor Society, and basketball. Her future plans are to attend Indiana University, Butler, or the University of Evansville.

Mr. Steffy said, “Haley is awesome! She was an exceptional student in my A.P. U.S. history and government classes. She is a very bright, caring, and responsible student who is a role model for other students to follow at CHS. She is both a vocal and ‘lead by example’ student leader who has a very bright future ahead of her. There is no doubt that Haley will be extremely successful in wherever her future plans take her.”

Following the students of the month presentation, the board heard a presentation from the Cloverdale FFA program including a short speech on the importance of farmers given by Taylor Goss. The group also gave a brief presentation on their recent trip to Denver, Colorado to compete in the Western National Livestock Quiz Bowl competition where they finished fourth.

Building principals and their representatives next gave a presentation on testing.

Each gave a list of the assessments given in each building, including Dibels, Acuity and Star Math at the Elementary; Star Reading and Math, Acuity and Easy CBM at the Middle School; and Accuplacer, PSAT, Acuity, ECA, ASVAB, SAT and ACT, I-Step+ 10, and 2016 AP exams.

With no unfinished business to go over, the board moved on to new business where they approved the superintendent’s contract as well as the administrator’s contract. The board also voted to approve to reduce the administrative portion of the teacher contract.

Two donations were approved for Cloverdale Elementary, one from Martin Marietta and the other from the Kroger’s Shopper Rewards Program.

The board voted to allow Eminence High School use of the track for practice this spring and also approved the 2016 summer school proposal for Snails to Trails.

Ten professional leave, twelve field trip, and eight facility use requests were approved. The board voted to approve the transfer-in of three students.

In the final business of the evening, the board voted to approve the employment of new corporation treasurer Mendy Shrout. Current treasurer Debbie Rollings will retire on March 4 after 38 years of service.

Other personnel items approved included:


•Matt Hall, CMS wrestling coach.

•Kyle Ellis, CMS assistant wrestling coach.

•Tony Evans, CES volunteer wrestling club coach.

•Chris Kaufman, CES volunteer wrestling club coach.

•Kyle Ellis, CES volunteer wrestling club coach.

•Richard Bennett, CES volunteer wrestling club coach.

•Neal Jordan, CHS junior varsity softball coach.

•Clyde Spencer, CHS volunteer varsity softball coach

•Rob Costin, CHS volunteer varsity softball coach.

•Tim Powell, CHS volunteer baseball coach.

•Mark Couch, CMS volunteer softball coach.

•Tod Shedron, CMS volunteer softball coach.

Cloverdale School Board members Donna Fidler, Daniel Hofmann, Duane Huge, Christopher Mann, Bobbi Nees, Rob Schroer, and Vivian Whitaker will meet again on Monday, March 14, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur C. Johnson Administration Building, 310 East Logan Street in Cloverdale. This meeting is open to the public.

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