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SWSC approves four capital improvement expenditures

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At their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, the Southwest School
Corp. Board of Trustees approved four capital improvement
expenditures.

SWSC Superintendent Chris Stitzle told the board of about a four-year
lease on Apple MacBooks at 0%.

“The teacher device update would cost $35,230.08 per year, or
$140.921.50 over the lifetime of the agreement,” said Stitzle. “The
money would come from the operations fund.”

The board also approved football field renovations at Sullivan High School.

“Tembarge Athletic Field Services will do the work for $33,895,” said
Stitzle. “It will also come out of the operations fund.

The board approved purchasing a used John Deere Reel Mower from
Advanced Turf Solutions for $19,500.

“This mower only has 96 hours on it,” said Stitzle. “A new one would
cost over $35,000.

“The money also would come out of operations.”

The board approved a new UV light system from UV Solutions for the
Sullivan Middle School Air Handlers at a cost of $30,415.

“This will come out of the CARES Act,” he said. “We have just received
an additional $827,000 from the fund.”

The board tabled the SWSC Corporation Telephone Replacement program
because of needing a third bid, Stitzle said.

The board approved a new Use of Force Policy that is being finalized
by SWSC police chief Jim Dotson. He also had his contract renewed by
the board.

Dotson said this dates back to July 2020 when then President Trump
enacted a policy that states choke holds and neck restraints can only
be used in a deadly force situation. He said it is being modeled after
the policy enacted by the Indiana State Police.

The board also approved the use of the TRECS Program, a free program
provided by the State of Indiana that allows school corporations to
collect delinquent fees for things like textbook rental and lunch
accounts through a person’s state refund check. The funds are sent to
the school instead of the individual.

Stitzle said there are several thousands of dollars outstanding that
could possibly be collected with the use of this program.

The treasurer's report included:

Education Fund — $1,531,369.03

Debt Service Fund — $1,291,155.95

Operations Fund — $601,194.54

Rainy Day Fund — $1,019,693.43

Cash Balance — $4,443,412.95

The board approved the following resignations:

Jennifer Lett (SES Aide), Kurt Hauger (SHS girls soccer coach), Megan
Raley (SES Teacher Aide), Matt Rinck (SHS JV volleyball coach),
Spencer O’Brien (SMS Science Teacher, end of the current school year),
Connie Figg (SES Aide, end of the current school year) and Samantha
Unger (Carlisle dance team coach and teacher at Carlisle for the
2021-22 school year.

The board approved the retirement of Janice Smith, an eighth-grade
math teacher at Sullivan Middle School.

The board approved the following hirings: Shane Monroe as a COVID Aide
at Carlisle Elementary and Middle School, Jodi Fox as COVID Aide at
SES, Danyel Hall as a Title I Aide to replace Lett at SES, Gatlin
Ferro as volunteer wrestling coach at SMS, Dillion Taylor as
volleyball coach at SHS, Katy Booker as head girl soccer coach at SHS,
Samantha Unger as boys and girls cross country head coach at SHS,
Caleb Unger as volunteer boys and girls cross country coach at SHS,
Katherine McCammon as volunteer boys and girls cross country coach at
SHS, Anna Atkinson as volunteer boys and girls cross country coach at
SHS, Jeff Lookebill and Curt Howard as volunteer girls tennis coaches
at SHS and Bailey Hayne as cheerleading head coach for the fall and
winter at SHS.

The board received the following donations for Carlisle School in the
memory of Rose McCammon: Don and Nancy Hunt, $100; Matt Fredrick and
Staff at Fredrick & Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes, $100; Jim and Tanya
Dotson, $100; Gerald McCammon and Chris, Erika and Derek Stitzle,
$100; Betty Stitzle, Steve Stitzle, Kerry and David McLain, $100; Ed
and Bonnie Chickadaunce, $50; Ralph and Rita McCann, $50; Richard and
Terri Cox, $25 and David Bement, $50.

The Student Engagement Team also received a $100 donation from
Baesler’s Market and Sullivan Elementary School received an anonymous
$100 cash donation to apply to students who have a negative cafeteria
balance.

The board will meet again on March 17, with the executive session at 5
p.m. and the public meeting at 6 p.m.


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