Crothersville school board approves personnel items


By Zach Spicer | The Tribune

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CROTHERSVILLE — A variety of personnel items were unanimously approved by the Crothersville Community School Corp. board of education during a meeting earlier this month.

A summer robotics camp will be offered June 6 to 9 and June 13 to 16. Tiffany Orrill will teach third- and fourth-graders, and Olivia Cain will teach fifth- and sixth-graders. The two Crothersville Elementary School teachers will each receive $1,200, which will be covered by money the corporation received from Aisin. Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. is purchasing the robotics equipment.

The annual notice of reemployment of noncertified staff members for the 2022-23 school year also can be sent out via letters after receiving board approval. Open positions include head cook and high school secretary.

Interim Superintendent Robert Hooker received permission to post certified staff vacancies, too.

Hooker also said the board worked with the Crothersville Classroom Teachers Association on job descriptions for classroom teachers and coaches, and those were approved during the recent board meeting.

Permission also was granted to give the superintendent flexibility to hire positions before the board’s next meeting June 13.

“In hopes that we have someone in mind for the positions that are open, this is permission to hire,” Hooker said. “The board won’t see that prior to the next meeting, but this allows us to offer them the job and start if it’s a summer school job or any other job related, like head cook.”

Chrystal Street, who was hired to be the next superintendent effective July 1, was given the OK to come on board for a few days in June at a contracted pay rate for superintendent services. Those will be after she finishes her contract with Brownstown Central Community School Corp.

The board also approved an interlocal agreement for class sharing with Scott County School District 1 in Austin in the 2022-23 school year. If a Crothersville or an Austin student wants to take a certain class not offered at their school, they can go to the other school to take it. That does not include the early college classes through The University Academy.

Spanish I and II both will be offered next school year for Crothersville students after contracts with a provider received board approval. Spanish I was offered this school year, and Hooker said those students wanted to take Spanish II next, so both levels of classes will be available. A teacher’s aide will be provided in the room as they take classes virtually.

The final personnel matters were extending the contract for agriculture teacher Linda Myers by 20 days and approving the retirement of Michele Teipen after 20 years of service effective May 6.

Other business

Also during the May meeting, the board approved the Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival committee using selected areas of school property for the festival, which is set for June 9, 10 and 11, and Kilroy Auction Services to conduct a school surplus auction at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at the school.

Kindergarten teacher Cassondra Kelly also said kindergarten roundup went well and the kids received a goody bag with Play-Doh, scissors and crayons. While at the event, they made three crafts: Practicing cutting skills with colors and making a rainbow, making a picture frame for a family photo and making a bracelet.

Board Vice President Tiffany Reynolds said The Happy Tree Art Studio, which is based in the school’s Tiger Tech Cage where school art classes take place, had a Louisville, Kentucky, area art instructor agree to lead four classes. One was earlier this month, and there will be two in June and one in July. The classes are for junior-senior high school students, and they are working on a still life drawing and a mixed media project to hang in the school.

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