Michele Starkey

Logansport Community School Corporation Superintendant Michele Starkey

The Logansport Community School Corporation Board of Trustees elected officers and made decisions about a memorandum to the teacher contract and new Chromebooks at a meeting on Jan. 10.

Bill Cuppy was reelected as president of the board, Mike McCord was reelected as the board’s vice president and Milt Hess was reelected as the board’s secretary. The board elected to keep their salaries at $500, with an additional $112 in compensation for regular board meetings and $62 in compensation for special board meetings.

The board appointed Greg Korreckt as the district’s treasurer, Molly Pearson as the assistant treasurer and Jeanie Adair as the civil rights compliance officer. Superintendent Michele Starkey was appointed as a representative to the Century Career Center Advisory Board, Mike McCord was appointed as a representative to the Parks Board, and Hess and Dave McClure were appointed as representatives to the Bid Committee.

Starkey was also appointed as representative to the State Board of Superintendents. Cuppy and Meagher were appointed to represent the board during collective bargaining, and Matt Meagher was appointed as a legislative liaison.

The elections and appointments were followed by a brief finance report. Treasurer Greg Korreckt discussed the corporation’s investments, sweep account and the criteria of the fiscal indicators that schools are required to share. Fiscal indicators for all Indiana public schools are listed online at www.in.gov.

After the finance report, the board convened in a regular session. Michael Miller, principal at Franklin Elementary School, shared information about a program called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports that has been beneficial to students and staff at the school.

The trustees then voted on a memorandum to the current teacher contract. An unexpected shortage of substitute teachers has been stressful for some teachers who have taken over other classrooms during their preparation time. The board and the Logansport Education Association agreed that teachers who substitute-teach extra classes should be compensated for that time.

The memorandum states that each teacher will get one personal leave day for every six periods they substitute teach. Teachers can receive up to two personal days, and for any additional substitute time after that point, they will be paid an ancillary rate of $30.89 per period covered. The memorandum is retroactively effective on Jan. 6.

The board also voted to approve a bid of $1,132,950 for 2,275 new Chromebooks. The Chromebooks will be funded by a combination of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) grants and E-Rate reimbursements. The bid includes a four-year warranty with accident coverage.

In addition to approving the memorandum and Chromebooks, the board also approved $150,000 in infrastructure purchases and agreed to re-enroll in Indiana Bond Bank’s Fuel Budgeting Program.

A vote on a new policy concerning school employees’ personal use of corporation technology was tabled and will be voted on at the next school board meeting, 5 p.m. Feb. 14.

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