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Swalls new NESC board president; Kutch hired as NC football coach

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Jeremy Swalls, above, was appointed as president of the Northeast
School Corp. Board of Trustees for 2021 at their monthly meeting
Monday night.

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Northeast School Corp. Board of Trustees reorganized in its first
meeting of 2021, appointing Jeremy Swalls — in his second stint
serving on the board — as president on Monday night.

Swalls was nominated by Jennifer Pinkston, seconded by Jeri Greve. Ron
Frye then nominated Donald Ransford, but it died for a lack of a
second. Swalls was then voted in unanimously.

Swalls previously represented Dist. 4 from 2013-16, but didn't seek
re-election after moving out of the district. Swalls, who now
represents Dist. 1, defeated previous board president Norman Santus in
last November's general election.

Other board officers will be Pinkston, vice-president, and Greve,
secretary. The board also reappointed Vicki Huntworth, treasurer, with
a $150,000 bond, and Jeff Qualkenbush, attorney, from Barnes and
Thornburg, Indianapolis.

Board meetings will remain on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

In addition, Swalls and Greve — as president and secretary — were
approved to serve on the NESC Board of Finance.

Lynne Arnett, who attended the meeting, was approved by the board to
continue serving as the NESC's representative on the Sullivan County
4-H Council.

"She has been the representative for the past few years and has agreed to
do it again," Superintendent Mark Baker said. "She has all our kids in
mind and we appreciate you and all you've done."

Baker recognized teachers Jennifer Strahle and Jackie Roberts for
receiving their High Ability endorsements.

"They do that through Ball State University," Baker explained. "It's
for master's level of classes plus a state-level exam that they have
to pass. So both Jackie and Jennifer have finished that up this summer
and we will add that to their (teaching) license. Everything that
they've learned and that knowledge and experience they will share with
the kids and staff. So thank you to those two for going above and
beyond and doing that for us."

The NESC school calendar for 2022-23 was adopted.

Key dates include: School starts Aug. 10; fall break, Oct. 10-14;
Thanksgiving break Nov. 23-25; first semester ends, Dec. 21; Christmas
break, Dec. 22-Jan. 3; spring break, March 27-31; last day of school,
May 25; and graduation, May 27 at 10 a.m.

Baker noted that CARES Act funding expired Dec. 31 which was used to
pay employees who were impacted by COVID-19. The board then passed a
resolution allowing the paying of employees up to 10 days if they are
quarantined or test positive through the rest of the school year.

The board accepted the retirement of employee Peggy Morrison.

"Peggy has been a bus driver for us the past 30 years and she has been
an aide with us for 24 1/2 years," Baker said. "We wish her the best,
but she will surely be missed. A positive lady."

The board approved several hirings: Darrika Cullison, Title I aide (6
hours) at Northeast North Elementary; Madison Keller, Title I aide (5
hours) at NENE; Cody Eaton, substitute; and Liz Chesterfield, bus
driver.

One other hiring considered was Joe Kutch as North Central High School
football coach.

"We had a resignation (former coach Brad Hudson) mid-year and so with
that we had coaches and people that stepped up to the plate," Baker
said. "We posted that position a couple weeks ago. We interviewed last
week. I'm very happy and proud to recommend
Joe Kutch to be the head varsity football coach. Joe stepped into a
tough position last year. He's been in our community many, many years
… at North Central, in baseball leagues, football leagues."

The board quickly hired Kutch in a unanimous vote.


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