Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

July 18, 2014

Williams will serve as interim superintendent

ST. LEON – Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. trustees will soon begin the process of looking for a new superintendent since Dr. Jeff Hendrix resigned at the end of June to take another position.

On July 10, President Jeff Lyness reported, “We’ll have an executive session in July to get started on it.”

In the meantime, Dr. John Williams, who recently retired as Rush County Schools superintendent, will be the interim leader.

He commented, “I appreciate the opportunity to work with the people of the SDCSC. You have a lot that you should be proud of. I keep hearing good things. I have met with most of the administrators, and I will do everything I can to see that the good things that have happened will continue to happen.”

In other news, due to comments from teachers, students, parents and community members at several recent board meetings, the first reading of Board Policy 7510: Use of School Facilities was presented by Mary Ann Baines, human resources director. The policy revision stemmed from individuals wanting paid private music lessons and tutoring opportunities to take place on school grounds.

She read, “In as much as the schools of the community have been built with public funds and are supported by the citizens of that community, the board of school trustees wishes to make school facilities available to community organizations consistent with the provisions of Indiana state law when the facilities are not being used for school programs or school functions. No association or organization is entitled, as a matter of right, to use school facilities, but must apply in writing and in advance for permission, which shall be given at the discretion of the building principal and has been approved by the superintendent.

“Corporation facilities shall be available for ... (these) uses. When there are competing interests for such uses, approval will be given according to ... (these) priorities: Uses directly related to the schools and the operations of the schools; uses by not-for-profit or for-profit organizations providing child care programs, which meet the state requirements and additional conditions established by board policies and the superintendent’s guidelines; uses and groups indirectly related to the schools; meetings of employee associations; governmental agencies; community organizations or groups of individuals formed for charitable, civic, social, educational, political, religious and/or recreational purposes; and commercial or profit-making organizations or individuals offering services for profit ....

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