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DUCS discuss bullying, new hires and housekeeping


A report on bullying, new hires and housekeeping items were the business at hand during the Dugger Union Community School Board's June meeting on Monday.

DUCS Assistant Principal Tom Arthur provided the bullying update and noted that there were 41 incident reports of bullying this past school year. A total of six of these reports fit the definition of bullying with zero at the elementary school, two at the junior high and four at the high school.

In addition, the majority of the reports were made by the victim or target and the location of the incidents occurred in the hallways, on a school bus, on a social media platform or in the classroom.

In employment business, the board approved the following staff/athletic recommendations: Joanie Reynolds, senior high family and consumer science teacher; Shelby Parr, senior high math teacher; Ginger Hathaway, junior and senior high special education teacher; Leah Wible, junior and senior high business and computer science teacher; Elsa Crooks, elementary teacher; Steve Hall, athletic director; Greg Kinnaman, assistant athletic director; and Matt Snead, assistant senior high volleyball coach.

The board also approved a $30 increase in daily route pay for bus drivers. This sets daily bus driver pay at $100. In addition, the board approved payment for the initial bus driver testing attempt and payment for physicals as needed every two years.

In other business:

• The board gave the approval to proceed with new carpet in four rooms and blinds in seven rooms.

• They approved the Cog and Cob as a field trip/event at Ivy Tech on Sept. 27 and the David Land Memorial 5K Run/Dog Walk on Sept. 28.

• The new school app is ready to test for Android devices and will be ready soon for Apple devices.

• The fifth bus is now at the school's campus and the school will have four daily bus routes for the 2019-20 school year. New information on bus stops and times will be available soon.

• The board announced that the summer lunch program is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. every weekday. Cost is $5 for adults and free for everyone 18 and under. Volunteers for the program are needed and volunteers eat for free.

• Psi Iota Xi donated $300 for literacy materials.

• The next regular monthly meeting of the school board will be July 8 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

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