Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

November 22, 2013

ECHS updates business department

Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — ST. LEON – East Central High School business teachers presented information about their department to Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. trustees Nov. 14.

Kelly Pettit revealed, “We’re trying to update our department and change the name to East Central Business Academy.”

Tina Waechter said, “Some of the skills we teach are professional etiquette, real world applications and problem solving. Even though the students who take these classes are not just business majors, the majority are going into some sort of business in the future.”

What are the advantages for students taking these courses at ECHS? “We encourage and build leadership skills, not only in the classes, but through extracurricular activities,” Krista Hutzel pointed out. “We are giving them plenty of opportunities to build leadership skills.

“We offer a diverse curriculum that makes them more marketable. It helps them in college and the work force, and they will be able to list tangible skills on their resumes once they graduate from ECHS .... We currently only offer one AP course, but our goal for the 2014-15 school year is to have three.”

Trustee Glenn Scholl noted, “Presentation skills and communication skills are big, and I don’t think they’re emphasized enough.”

Petitt said, “We encourage our students to take speech, computer applications and accounting because they’re all presentation classes.”

Trustee Joe Graf, an ECHS graduate, announced, “Having these classes really prepare you for college. The accounting classes were great.”

President Jeff Lyness remarked, “I know a lot of people in this community who don’t go to college, but go into the work force. How do these classes help them?”

Pettit reported, “We push the technical certificates, too. Some of the kids are hands-on and are at the Southeastern Career Center now .... We tell our college and career students to look at all your options.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

Other SDCSC news • Trustees approved the school calendar for the next two years. For the 2014-15 school year, the first student day will be Aug. 6 and the last day will be May 28. For 2015-16, school will begin Aug. 5 and end May 25. • Member Joyce Huffman thanked Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School students and staff for their Veterans Day program. "They did a wonderful job." Member Mike Norman attended the Sunman-Dearborn Middle School Veterans Day program as well as the band concert and said, "I'm really impressed by the talents they have at that school." • Personnel decisions were approved: new: Brooke Baker, Sunman Elementary School long-term substitute teacher; Nick Strub, ECHS wrestling assistant coach; Glenn Crocker, substitute bus driver; Shelly Merkin, SDIS food and nutrition services associate; Rachel Mergenthal, North Dearborn Elementary School instructional assistant; Jennifer Parr, NDES student-specific instructional assistant; Cindy Houser, SDIS nurse; resignations: Brittany Lewis, SDIS nurse; Todd Crabill, ECHS girls track assistant coach; retirements: Jennifer McClamroch, NDES instructional assistant; Bernice Jacobs, ECHS administrative assistant; Daniel Andres, SDIS custodian. • The next monthly meeting has been moved up a week earlier to Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.