2016-09-20 / Front Page

Cloverdale School Board adopts proposed 2017 budget, hears lighting presentation

Staff Report

Four of the seven members of the Cloverdale School Board, along with Superintendent Greg Linton, convened Monday evening for the September meeting of the Cloverdale Community School Corporation (CCSC).

In a measure that could save the corporation over $75,000 per year, the board next heard a lighting presentation from Energy Harness. The presentation featured pros and cons of going to LED lighting. With $290,000 in up-front costs, but $144,000 of those costs rebated by Duke Energy, the board would look to save money in lighting costs. According to the presentation, the district currently spends approximately $10,350 per month or $124,200 per year in electricity to light the district’s three schools and central office. After the lighting project is complete, the energy costs would be reduced to $3,944 per month or $47,000 per year, saving over $77,000 per year in energy costs alone. It was also estimated that the district would save $460 a month or $5,500 a year in maintenance costs. With the energy savings, it would take the Cloverdale Community School Corporation only 21 months to recoup their initial investment.

“We have sent a request for quotes out to three other business in addition to Energy Harness,” Cloverdale superintendent Greg Linton said. “The quotes are due on Sept. 19. We will award the company with the best quote next week and have the board to approve the award during our next board meeting.”

In new business, the board approved the adoption of the proposed 2017 budgets, capital projects plans and school bus replacement plan along with the related resolutions. The total proposed advertised rate is $2.1904 and the total proposed advertised levy is $4,490,238.

CMS vice principal Cathy Ames gave a curriculum update to those in attendance. During the presentation, she explained some of the new testing being done, as well as the new textbooks and other teaching materials being used in the district.

The board approved CES, CMS and CHS school improvement plans, as required by the Department of Education, and a new administrative assistant evaluation tool before moving on to approve numerous professional leave, field trip, and facility use requests. A long list of transfer-in students was approved before the following personnel issues were approved:

Employment

•Beth Wernz, Knoy Program Director

•Mandy Evans, Knoy Instructional Assistant

•Esta Poulton, Knoy Instructional Assistant

•Emily Kaufman, CES Instructional Assistant

•Cynthia Gamble, CHS Instructional Assistant Resignation

•Dawn Tucker, Knoy Program Director

•Loreena Powell, CHS Instructional Assistant

•Helen Graziano, CHS Instructional Assistant Coaching/Hire/Volunteer

•Kurt Kyle, CMS Baseball Head Coach

•Kurt Kyle, CMS Wrestling Head Coach

•Billy Boyette, CMS 7th grade boys’ basketball coach

•Chad Chrisman, CMS 8th grade boys’ basketball coach

•Kim Fulkerson, CMS volunteer volleyball coach.

The board voted to unanimously approve the second reading of board policy vol. 28, No. 2 and the first reading of board policies 0140-8500 and heard presentations regarding the September students of the month.

Elementary

Cloverdale Elementary fourth-grade student Kory Galloway was chosen as student of the month for September at CES. He is the son of Clint and Krista Galloway and lists his favorite subject as math. He enjoys baseball, basketball fishing and hunting. When he grows up, he would like to be K-9 police officer.

Mrs. Rich, his third grade teacher, nominated Kory last spring saying, “Kory is a special young man. He is polite, respectful, and an extremely hard worker. He is a student who follows the school rules. He is kind to others and always willing to help. I am very proud of Kory’s progress during the school year. School does not always come easy, but Kory never gives up. He shows great determination, always does his personnel best, and is responsible to get work turned in. Kory is an excellent role model to his peers. I am so grateful to have Kory in my class.”

Middle School

Grant Maners, son of Brian and Kelly Maners, has been chosen as student of the month at Cloverdale Middle School. Grants’ favorite class is Mr. Jones’ social studies class. In the future, Grant would like to attend Kettering University to study mechanical engineering.

“While Grant is an excellent student, he is an even better person,” Mr. Jones said. “Grant’s quiet leadership makes the classroom stronger because he leads by example and doesn’t let outside influences sway him away from his values. Grant knows that hard work and perseverance will lead to success and he embodies what our CHOICE program stands for.”

High School

Chad Stevens has been chosen as student of the month at Cloverdale High School. Chad, a senior, is the son of Ed and Kelly Stevens. He lists his favorite subjects as AP U.S. History, Economics and Psychology. His future plans are to attend Purdue University and then join the Air Force.

“Chad is an amazing young man,” Ms. Boyce commented. “He exemplifies the heart of a true leader. His attitude and demeanor are always positive. He exudes positive and outstanding character traits that bode well for his family, community, and school.”

The next meeting of the Cloverdale School Board will take place on Monday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Arthur L. Johnson Administration Building.

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