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Unit 5 School Board Makes New Hires

At Monday night’s Carmi White County School Board meeting, they approved applying for a Three Circles Ag Grant. This grant helps recruit and retain high quality ag teachers by compensating them for working an additional 60 days or 400 hours outside the normal classroom day. It’s a 50/50 matching grant that allows for additional salary compensation for the two ag instructors at the high school. The grant is for the 2018-19 school year.

In the superintendent’s report, Brad Lee said Back to School nights were held last week to better inform parents or guardians of the programs available to students, giving staff members an opportunity to review goals and objectives of each class and share other important information.

Lee complimented the building custodians for preparing district buildings for the school year and the office staff members that deliver instructional materials and supplies to the students.

The Tri-State Food Bank in Evansville has received a grant to assist students enrolled in grades K-12 receive free lunches. The food bank will provide weekly food backpacks with non-perishable food items to be sent home weekly for eligible students. The program will run through December.

Pam Dieg and Tom Nasal of the Brownsville School Foundation gave an update on the playground project at Brownsville school. Grant money and donations, which total about $20,000 so far, have been collected. Mcleansboro, Harrisburg and Fairfield are helping with the project along with several Elks clubs in the area and the labor is being donated.

Even though older equipment is now being updated, the goal is to put in new playground equipment. The Foundation will keep the School Board updated on the project.

In other business, the board accepted resignations from Michael Rushing as a special education teacher at Brownsville, Meredith Lamp as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Washington, Jessica Corzello as Adapted Physical Education teacher at Brownsville, Tonya Cobb as a breakfast and noon supervisor at Lincoln school, and Eric Dixon as sixth grade Boy’s basketball for this school year.

They also accepted $30 in donations to Brownsville.

In executive session, the board agreed to hire Vickie Seacrist as a Special Education Individual Aide at Brownsville, Alyson Glaser as Breakfast Supervisor, Mallory Stendeback as Special Education Classroom Aide at Brownsville, Carol Weiss and Donna Offutt as Building Volunteers for Jefferson, and also Julie Jackson as a Pre-K teacher at Washington Attendance Center.