BCSC leaders are spending July living the corporation’s “Believe in Better” saying. Roberts and principals attended an administrative retreat in Indianapolis July 11-12. He observed, “We spent a lot of time Thursday with RISE,” the fresh teacher evaluation process mandated by IDOE. “What are opportunities for improvement … in managing that huge process? That was such a new thing for administrators and teachers.” They also had “some great discussions” about BCSC’s 2020 vision. “We have maneuvered through that so quickly we started to dream again … to take us forward to another level” of academic success.
Some BCSC leaders also will contemplate technology when they attend a conference at North Carolina’s Mooresville Graded School District July 22-25 to study learning gains there since 4,400 fourth- through 12th-graders in five schools were issued laptops three years ago.
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More news • During the year that started July 1, the state is paying BCSC $8,553 more each month due to a funding formula change. That equates to $102,636 annually, up 0.8 percent. • When Roberts researched the 2012-13 Action for Healthy Kids Healthy Hoosier School Awards, he learned BCSC has three of the nine gold level schools in Indiana, "another thing for us to be proud of … Not all of them apply, but they all can." • To secure land for possible future school expansions, trustees decided to pay for appraisals of a house for sale on West Pearl Street near the Batesville intermediate and middle schools by Hardebeck Valuation Services and Hendy Real Estate Services. The superintendent reminded, "If we decide to purchase, we can only pay up to the average of the two" estimated values. Last month trustees decided to remove two portable classrooms that have been located on the northeast side of BHS. Tim Hunter, director of buildings and grounds, asked city officials if they had a need for them on public ground. Batesville leaders are exploring costs to relocate them. • The district received three pairs of fuel bids from two companies. Bedel's Marathon: unleaded, $4.159 per gallon; and diesel, $4.359 per gallon, firm through Aug. 31, 2014; Bedel's, unleaded, $3.959; and diesel, $3.899, 20 cents over cost, which will rise or fall based on actual costs; Premier Energy, Columbus, unleaded, $3.77; and diesel, $3.962, firm through Aug. 31, 2014 (will deliver diesel here and fill the buses and provide a small tank of gasoline). Transportation and safety director Ed Krause and BCSC attorney Doug Wilson will review the bids. • While BCSC has moved away from offering soft drinks, Pepsi has been the vendor stocking vending machines and supplying concession stands. During a recent bid request, "Pepsi was simply not very responsive; Coke was." Roberts felt Coke offered a better partnership and trustees agreed so they will switch companies. • Batesville Intermediate School teacher Heather Haunert got a nice surprise recently. The superintendent recommended that she become the Batesville Primary School principal and trustees approved the idea. "She was moving to a kindergarten teacher position, but we are placing her as the captain of the ship." Other personnel action also was OK'd. Certified - new: Amanda Meyer, BIS fifth-grade teacher. Classified - new: Kristen Selmeyer, BIS fifth-grade instructional aide; Lori Giesting, BHS special education aide; Paige Chase, BCSC information technology help desk technician; Extracurricular - resignation: Alex Henkle, BHS freshman volleyball coach; new: Daniel Geisen, BHS freshman volleyball coach; changes: Steve Ollier, BHS baseball reserve coach (from baseball freshman coach); Rob Schebler, BHS baseball reserve and freshman assistant (from baseball reserve assistant). Transportation - new: Kim Powell, BCSC interschool mail carrier.