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Board Meeting Recap - May 2024


1. Opening Items

2. Board of School Trustees Resolution of Commendation Awards

  • Taft Middle School Academic Super Bowl Team for being named State Champions in the Social Studies Category in Class 1 at the Indiana Academic Super Bowl Competition - Team: Sean Morris, Dejan Josifoski, Mason Jusko; Coaches: Jamie Lies, Karen Snoddy

taft students
  • Col. Wheeler and Taft Middle School Dance Team for being named State Champions in the Junior High AAA Jazz and Junior High AAA Pom at the state competition - Team: Briley Bowman, Claire Peterson, Ellen Richter, Hadley McCready, Hayden Babcock, Isley Kozik, Jessica Walden, Julia Basil, Kensley Mercaldo, Lily Badja, Lily Petty, Sabrina Wright; Coaches: Tamara Betz, Annie Vasser, Kelly McCarthy

dance team
  • CPHS Science Olympiad Team for winning 1st Place overall at the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament - Team: Tyson Abraham, Zander Abraham, Madelyn Bronson, Nic Collier, Jase Edwards, Ashley Johnson, Simrah Khan, Annabelle Koomson, Maya Leestma, Sarah Leitzel, Ariel Moore, Bernardino Perea, Max Poole, Ben Spajer, Gabby Stabler, Alfie Stonchus; Coach Tim Klamo

science oylmpiad team
  • 2023-2024 Business Professionals of America Team, for earning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in students’ various individual awards at the 2024 Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference; and 2nd, 5th, and 6th place for students’ individual awards at the National Leadership Conference.- Team: Jake Baumann, Mason Erbini, Ari Bairaktaris, Aiden Couwerhoven, Panagiotis Mattingly, Parker Niksch, Devion Outten, Cesar Querimit, and Trent Tillich; Coaches: Mary Bachnak, Scott MacFarland

bpa award winners
  • 2023-2024 CPHS Academic Super Bowl Team for winning 1st Place in the English, Math, Science and Interdisciplinary categories in Class 1 at the Indiana Regional Academic Super Bowl Competition - Team: Isaac Foster, Bella Lamparski, Maya Leestma, Sarah Leitzel, Eva Obertkovski, Vanessa O'Lena, Santino Pape, Max Poole, Cesar Querimit, Myles Querimit, Billy Roman, Cailin Ward; Coaches: John Lambersie, Jason McGee

academic super bowl cphs
  • 2023-2024 CPHS Latin Club for winning 1st place in the Helen Wampler Spirit Contest, the Digital Scrapbook Contest, the Dennis M. Bartlow Publicity Contest, and the Local Publications Contest; and for placing 1st in the Certamen Advanced and Intermediate Divisions, and 3rd in the Certamen Novice Division at the Indiana Junior Classical League State Convention; Team: Zofia Barick, Gabriel Blake, Nic Collier, Ashley Grindey, Sammie Ipema, Shaun Ipema, Annelise Jacobi, Kalei Maynard, Asher McAlvey, Gibson Mehrle, Colton Neal, Kaimbria Noordemeer, Logan Pauley, Hayden Smith, Joe Stewart, Lincoln Vickers, Jackson Vrlik, Gabrielle Wagner, Luke Waldschmidt, Jack Watson, Emi Wilson; Sponsors: Jeremy Walker, Angela Taraskiewicz; Coach: Ryan Collier

latin club
  • 2024-2025 Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Year, and Administrator of the Year Award Presentations - Ryan Jurczak, Taft Middle School, Teacher of the Year - secondary level; Theresa Zarndt, MacArthur Elementary School, Teacher of the Year - elementary level; Jennifer Eaton, CPHS, Employee of the Year; Teacher of the Year Finalists: Mary Lux, CPHS; Amy Mehrle, Col. Wheeler; Grace Kellett, Eisenhower; Jessica Markle, Lake St.; Tera Baechle, Solon; Carolyn Winland, Timothy Ball; Staci Santefort, Winfield; Abbey Rauch, Jerry Ross; Employee of the Year Finalists: Bob Berkes, Support Service Center; Scott Kessler, Education Center; and Administrator of the Year



3. Patrons' Comments - none


4. Consent Agenda


5. Action Items

  • Approval to apply for and receive grant funds from the Indiana Department of Education High Ability Grant - This annual grant supports a continuum of services for learners identified as high ability. It supports classroom instruction, identifying students, and participation in academic competitions.

  • Approval to apply for and receive grant funds from the IDOE Level Up Leadership Grant - CPHS teacher Kelly Chevalier will participate in the Level Up Leadership Cohort. Level Up Leadership participants will be equipped to share successes, lessons learned, and strategies for overcoming challenges related to educational leadership across a variety of roles.

  • Textbook and Resource Adoption - Elementary schools will all have a new STEM course rotation next year for all students. SAM Labs and Project Lead the Way will be used for these courses.

  • Out-of -Country Field Trip to Greece - For March 2026. Students will explore the history of communications where forefathers of rhetoric Socrates, Plato and Aristotle once lived.

  • Textbook and Resource Adoption - “We Dream of Space” will be the One School, One Book choice for both middle schools. Approval for textbooks for the new CNA lab at CPHS.

  • Milestone Therapy, LLC 2024-25 Contract for Physical Therapy Services - Our contract includes student evaluations and reports, direct physical therapy services, supervision of Physical Therapy Assistants, progress monitoring, attendance at IEP meetings, and Medicaid billing.

  • Policy Additions and Revisions - Second Reading and Approval - Changes in policy are required due to changes in state and federal law. Policies include internal controls, idling of school buses, electronic participation by board members in meetings, and visitors to school buildings.

  • 2024-2025 School Meal Prices - there are no changes in the cost for breakfast or lunch.

  • Food Service Procurement Plan Approval for 2024-2025 - this annual plan outlines the procedures for Food Services according to the requirements of USDA’s Child Nutrition Program and School Breakfast Program (SBP).

  • District Wide Asphalt Paving Projects - part of the ongoing capital projects and paid via bonds. Winning bid was approximately $200,000 less than budgeted.


6. Information/Recognition Items

  • Director of Grants/Assessments - Mr. Hardman gave a brief overview of the assessments given in spring each year. 

  • Director of Elementary Education - Thank you to the 84 elementary teachers and 14 Exceptional Education teachers who have been part of the new curriculum mapping process for Math and ELA. 

  • Director of Secondary Education - Secondary buildings have been very busy with a variety of activities: ISMAA awards, CPHS career fair, Taft’s “Finding Nemo” musical, and the CPHS military graduate ceremony. 

  • Director of Exceptional Education - Thank you to the many individuals that made Unified Game Day possible. We had 375 students participate in the day as well as a number of community volunteers.

  • Chief Human Resources Officer - We have started hiring season and are off to a great start filling the positions we have open for next year. Thank you to Diana Green for her work to organize and prepare the annual Teacher/Employee/Administrator of the Year process.

  • Chief Financial Officer - Thank you to the many individuals who have been transitioning to our new financial system. Thanks for your professionalism and flexibility as we learn this together.

  • Director of Communications - An overview of the Communications team reach was provided.

  • Superintendent of Schools - Thank you to Diana Green for her work on our Teacher/Employee/Admin of the year process. We are lucky to live in a district with so many programs and opportunities for our students and we are proud to offer these for our students. Thanks to the many volunteers who give their time for all of our end of year activities.


7. Other Business of the Board of School Trustees

  • Mr. Vassar asked about a meeting to discuss board policies.

  • Mr. Smith shared his thoughts on student achievement and culture amongst staff and administration.


8. Board Statements of Appreciation and Recognition

  • Ms. Bazin - Thank you to the hundreds of teachers/staff who contribute to our district every day. Thank you to the cabinet members who presented information at the board retreat last week. 

  • Mr. Vassar - Recognized the ceremony for our students who are going into the military.