2016-03-22 / Front Page

School Board Hears Presentations From Cloverdale FFA Members, Band Boosters

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

The Cloverdale March 2016 students of the month are, left to right: Zach Thomas (CES), Ray Bates (CMS), and Sidney Goins, CHS). 
(Staff Photo) The Cloverdale March 2016 students of the month are, left to right: Zach Thomas (CES), Ray Bates (CMS), and Sidney Goins, CHS). (Staff Photo) The Cloverdale School Board convened March 14th for its monthly board meeting in the Arthur C. Johnson Administration Building at 310 East Logan Street.

After the organization of the meeting, the board approved meeting minutes from the regular and executive sessions of February 8, 2016 and also approved the claims and financial reports.

Next on the agenda, the board moved on to communications and the presentation of student of the month honors.


Zachary Thomas, son of Greg and Jamie Thomas and a fourth grader at Cloverdale Elementary School (CES), was named student of the month at CES. Zach’s favorite subject is math and he also enjoys science. He is in 4-H and is excited to show his pig at the fair this year. He enjoys basketball and is looking forward to learning to play golf this summer.

Mrs. Kemp nominated Zach by saying, “Zach made the honor roll the first nine weeks; however, this feat took extra drive and effort on his part! Although some things don’t come easily to Zach, he will continue to work on these problem areas instead of giving up on them. He is well liked by all his peers. One of the reasons he is so liked is because he treats everyone with respect and kindness. Many students feel like he is their best friend because of his friendliness. I can depend on Zach to give me an honest answer at all times. I can also depend on Zach to have a positive attitude which of course helps with the entire class since he is a natural leader. He is an asset to the classroom and a great example to his peers.”

Middle School

Ray Bates, son of Katie and Jerry Bates, has been named student of the month at Cloverdale Middle School (CMS). Ray lists his favorite subject as math, with Geometry being his favorite class. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, is active in band, plays basketball and plans to run track this spring. Ray shows his dedication to service through being a member of the Boy Scouts. In the future, he would like to go to college to study engineering either at Rose-Hulman or Purdue.

Ms. Glaser said, “As a student, Ray is every teacher’s dream. He works hard, asks questions, completes his work on time, and is well behaved. Ray is not only academically strong, but is a complete package. He is always polite, will do anything he is asked and is one of those students who is nice to everyone around him. Ray has set his career goal high, but he has the talent, determination, and family support to achieve his goals.”

High School

Sophomore Sidney Goins, daughter of Brandon Goins and Deena Blackman, has been named student of the month at Cloverdale High School (CHS). Sidney’s favorite subjects are English, history, and art. Her hobbies including painting, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends. She is involved in National Art Honor Society, band, speech and the debate and Spanish clubs. In the future, she plans to attend a four-year college as an English major and art student.

Mrs. Nees said, “Sidney is such a neat young lady. She is so funny and outgoing. You never know quite what to expect when she’s around. She has a quick, witty sense of humor that shows her immense intelligence and great understanding of the world. She is kind to everyone and shows great compassion to her fellow students. She is an excellent choice for student of the month.”

After the students of the month announcement, the board heard presentations from Cloverdale FFA members on homemade hydroponic systems and artificial insemination of swine.

Next on the agenda, the board heard from members of the Cloverdale Band Boosters with an update on the Washington, D.C. band trip. At this time, there are 93 kids signed up for the trip which will be leaving July 2nd. The Cloverdale Emerald Command Facebook page includes a link to a GoFundMe account where community members can make donations. The total goal is $24,000. At this time, cost looks to be around $500 per student and the $24,000 goal would allow the amount to be cut to near $250 per student. Several fund-raising events are also in the works. A restored 1987 Chevrolet El Camino has been donated by Al Tucker to be raffled off with 75-percent of the proceeds to fund the band trip and 25-percent to go to Dollars for Scholars. The band boosters group is currently waiting to hear back from the Indiana Gaming Commission for approval to hold the raffle. Monetary donations can be made directly to the Cloverdale Emerald Command band.

Under new business, the board approved several professional leave, field trip, and facility use requests. Two transfer-in student requests also were approved.

The following items of employment were approved:

•Wes Porter, bus sriver
•Taylea Pennington,

Knoy instructional assistant


•Ben Arnold, bus driver
Medical Leave
•Dianna Whitlock
•Tom Royce, CMS head
softball coach
•Mike Rossok, CHS junior varsity baseball coach
•Josh Beck, CHS assistant track coach
•Brad Szczerbik, CMS
head baseball coach
•Tim Powell, CHS volunteer baseball coach
•Amber Gaddis, CMS
volunteer softball coach
•Mark Couch, CMS volunteer softball coach
•Tod Shedron, CMS volunteer softball coach
•Jacob Giardina, CMS
volunteer baseball coach
•Chad Kelley, CMS volunteer

baseball 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, April 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur C. Johnson Administration Building. This meeting is open to the public.

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