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DUCS honor Dugger man


Recently, the Dugger Union Community School felt a loss of a community member who volunteered and helped wherever needed. The late Joe Smith was honored in different ways at the school, including this sign at the front of the building.

A moment of silence in honor of the late Joe Smith was part of the business at hand during the Dugger Union Community School Board meeting on Monday.

School Board President Gina Lovelace explained that Smith was a long-time part of the community and the school.

“He was a big bonus to the school. He did the lawn, landscaping and maintenance. He will be greatly missed,” Lovelace said. “Joe always had a comment and never missed a beat.”

Smith volunteered his services at the school since 2014.

The board announced that a total of $1,194 has been collected in honor of Joe Smith.

In employment business, the board approved the following staff recommendations: Myron Burks as custodian; Chuck Wilkes as custodian; Angela Mathley as a part-time kitchen employee; and Bill Cook as part-time kitchen employee.

The board approved the following field trips and events: Biology 2 class to Indiana University on Sept. 13; first grade to the Apple Hill Orchard on Sept. 24; a demographics trip to Westlawn Cemetery in Terre Haute on Sept. 24; kindergarten to LarkRanch on Sept. 26; an eighth-grade rafting trip on Sept. 26; a blood drive from 3 – 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26; a college fair trip at Terre Haute South on Oct. 1; a trip to the Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, Illinois on Oct. 8; a trip to the Statehouse on Oct. 9; the WWE Club to Smackdown Live in Indianapolis on Oct. 18; and an Indiana State University Library trip on Oct. 24.

In other business:
• The board approved to allow bowling to operate separately from school athletics.
• Alison Lane presented the school with a Casey's Kicks check for $1,509. The money will go toward funding new shoes for students in need.
• Lovelace noted that the school's state count day for funding is Sept. 13. The school currently has 242 students in grades K-6 and 259 students in grades 7-12.
• The board announced that the stairs are complete and ready for use.
• Athletic trainer Stephen Taylor is now working at the school's athletic events.
• The school's tutoring bus runs every Wednesday. The tutoring bus will allow students to stay after school from 3:15 to 4 p.m. for tutoring.
• The next regular monthly meeting of the school board will be Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

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