Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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August 23, 2013

Educational foundation funding grows

The Batesville Community Education Foundation, which supports the Batesville Community School Corp., has accrued $153,453 in all funds, Treasurer Jim Saner informed other board members at the Aug. 8 meeting.

The foundation’s big event is Feb. 8, 2014, at Walhill Farm, President Beth Meyers announced. “We will be changing this year’s annual fundraiser and will be hosting a gala event instead of the casino night like in the past.” The 2013 moneymaker grossed $6,306.

Administrator Kelly Poltrack met with the Hill-Rom innovation director about Batesville High School Robotics Club funding. She noted company leaders are “very interested in trying to get their engineers more involved in the community.” The Hill-Rom Innovation Council will propose school and club activities, such as Project Lead the Way speakers, field trips to Hill-Rom and company internships.

Batesville Primary School will take part in an Indiana University School of Dentistry program consisting of a weekly fluoride rinse for K-2 students. “According to their data, the rinse can help cut tooth decay by as much as 30 percent,” Poltrack reported. Batesville Dental, Children’s Dental Care, the Ripley County Community Foundation and BCEF teamed up to cover the $1,000 cost.

Member Amy Liter reported the BCEF Alumni Committee is working on finding new organizers for the BHS Homecoming football alumni event. Founder Jerry Walsh “has done an outstanding job over the years… he’s very eager to turn it over.” Member Jenni Garrett will ask youth football leaders to oversee that activity.

Alumni who want to receive digital newsletters and other info about the school district and foundation may submit e-mail addresses to kpoltrack@batesville.k12.in.us.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

Citizens may serve on committees • This is the second of two Batesville Community Education Foundation (http://batesvilleeducationfoundation.org/) articles. The first story, about its first annual race and the superintendent going to China for 10 days, was published Aug. 20. • The foundation has seven committees: fundraising, race, Batesville Brilliance Award, annual event, grants, scholarships and Web site/social media. Interested citizens may serve on all but the grants committee, Poltrack said. "The BCEF board member should lead the committee and find others in the community to help." Anyone who would like to become a committee member may contact her at kpoltrack@batesville.k12.in.us. • Other board members besides Meyers, Saner, Liter and Garrett are Vice President Nikki Kaiser, Secretary Jeremy Raver, Dr. Jim Roberts, Jody Fledderman, Bonnie Johnston, Dr. Kim Kick, Claire Nichols, Dennis Pinkerton, Jeff Hartz and Bobbie Brandes. The last five were nominated and unanimously approved at the June 13 annual meeting. The board must have an odd number of directors between nine and 17. That number must include a BCSC trustee and the superintendent. • According to revised bylaws, board members serve three-year terms and can be re-elected. The full board meets bimonthly (six times per year) with the expectation that subcommittees will meet on the off months. Officers serve two-year terms. Vice president and treasurer terms are staggered from president and secretary terms.

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