• School administrators in Ripley, Franklin, Decatur and Dearborn counties, including BCSC, taking part in a recently-formed education coalition are gathering data about where the educational gaps are in southeast Indiana. • Now consultants at EMCOR Construction Services, Fort Wayne, are finishing an engineering study for energy savings at Batesville Primary School. At the March 17 board meeting, trustees will consider a summer project estimated at $2 million or less. They may adopt a preliminary bond resolution then with a final bond resolution vote scheduled for April 21. • Annual evaluations for about 100 classified employees who are paid at hourly rates and do not require certification happen at the end of each calendar year. Following Roberts' recommendation, trustees OK'd merit increases and also across-the-board 2.5 percent pay hikes retroactive to Jan. 1. "It is in line with the certified pay (increases)," he said. After the vote, President Chris Lowery noted he was "really pleased" BCSC had the funds to reward workers. "I think we have a lot of unsung heroes." • Batesville Community Education Foundation administrator Kelly Poltrack and BCEF board members organized two fundraisers, the sixth annual Tip-Off Chili Dinner Jan. 31 and Western Night Feb. 8. According to the superintendent, "Both events were very successful and had record attendance." • The board will tour Southeastern Career Center Sept. 15. • The board approved personnel recommendations: Certified - resignation: Elizabeth Miller, BPS second-grade teacher (effective 2014-15 school year); new: Kayla Bradley, BIS teacher of emotional disabilities (effective 2014-15 school year); Sue Pieczonka, BMS homebound instructor; transfer: Shannon Wells, BIS third-grade teacher (from fourth grade, effective 2014-15 school year); Extracurricular - resignation: Miranda Stirn, BHS Dance Team coach (effective 2014-15 school year); new: Derek Suits, BMS track assistant coach; Brett Mathews, BMS wrestling volunteer assistant coach; Katlyn Zimmerle, BHS girls tennis assistant coach.