ST. LEON – Tom Harris, support services director, informed Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. trustees Feb. 13 of “what’s going on this winter.”
“We received two new buses last Friday, a special needs one and an 84-passenger bus. They are both very nice and the drivers will be pleased .... They won’t go on the road for about another week or two. We traded two other buses, and got pretty good money for them.
“The yearly bus inspection is coming up at the end of February. All 96 of our buses will go to the weigh station on Interstate 74 to be inspected. Typically, we never have any problems.
“We have had no major issues with buses this year, no wrecks or accidents. We did have a few that didn’t start in the cold weather, but there were no major issues with them handling the winter weather .... I commend the bus drivers for doing a great job.”
He also praised the custodial and maintenance staff, “who did an excellent job keeping the parking lots clear. We’re hoping we don’t get too much more snow because finding enough space to put it” is becoming a problem.
“The crew is keeping the buildings comfortable. We didn’t have any complaints. We did have a couple water breaks, but they were minor.”
Harris revealed, “We missed 10 days this year. Two were waived, so we have to make up eight.” The makeup days have been set: Feb. 17, President’s Day; March 17-21, the first week of spring break; April 18, Good Friday; and May 29, added on to the end of the year.
“Other schools are adding hours to the days, and some are using Saturdays,” he noted.
Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hendrix said he received “interesting e-mails from folks” wondering why school was closed on certain days and open on others and why a delay wasn’t announced earlier due to inclement weather. “The decisions we make will always be in the best interest of our students.
“I realize it’s unfortunate that parents have to make other arrangements, but that’s the parents’ responsibility .... Ultimately, we’re doing what we can to keep the students safe. We take the decisions we make very seriously because we don’t want to deal with a tragedy.”
Diane Raver can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.
Other SDCSC news • Harris revealed the projects to be completed this summer and their costs. By school, they include East Central High School, replace the English wing HVAC unit, $60,000; Bright Elementary School, replace hallway wallpaper and carpet, $24,000 and $37,000, respectively; Sunman Elementary School, replace ice harvester, $155,000; North Dearborn Elementary School, replace sidewalks and curb, $37,000, and replace ceiling tile and lights, $13,000; and Sunman-Dearborn Middle School, replace sidewalks and curb, $28,000. Members approved all of these. • Personnel decisions were OK'd. New: Cristy Nuhring, corporation supplemental state testing supervisor; Justin Rowland, SDMS long-term substitute teacher; resignation: Jonathan Hudnall, technology director; retirements: Ellen Schneider and James Stock, ECHS guidance counselors; Elise Smith, Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School physical education teacher; Patricia Schnecker, ECHS language arts teacher; Deborah Kirk, SDMS administrative assistant; Joan Monahan, SDIS library supervisor; cancellation of teacher contract: Angela Hall, ECHS teacher.