2018-05-16 / Front Page

DCSC board nixes Camden discussion

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

The Delphi Community School Corporation (DCSC) Board of School Trustees met in a special work session April 30 to discuss a funding loss for the Pre-Kindergarten Program. Several options were discussed about how to find the money to keep the program operating. One of the options was to close the Camden Early Childhood Education Center. It was stated at the work session last month that not using the Camden building would pay for the program at the Elementary School, however no decision was made. The consensus was the Pre-K program should not disappear. It was further stated near the end of the work session that the Board would have to start making decisions at the next meeting, which was Monday night.

The topic was not on the agenda for the Monday night meeting. Patron Shawn Ashby and former board member Jerry Sparks told the Comet they attended the meeting to hear what the Board was going to do with the Camden building. Pre-K Teacher Tana Lehr was also in the audience.

Ashby asked at the end of the meeting why the Board was not discussing the matter as it was reported they would be doing. DCSC Board President Steve Myer told Ashby the Comet did not report the matter accurately. He called what was written “a misquote.” He explained to Ashby and the audience the corporation is roughly $200,000 short on funds to pay for the program. Myer said the Board was working on the issue and had not decided how to resolve the matter. There was no indication when the Board would discuss the disposition of the Camden building in public.

Funding for new computers and sports

The Board approved a $61,500 contract with IU Arnett for athletic training services for the next five years. The breakdown of the cost is $7,500 for the first year and $13,500 for the next four years. In addition, Myer requested IU do an audit of the sports facilities, including the football program.

A request from Internet Technology Director Scott Gear to purchase new computers across grades plus associated equipment as the “Annual Technology Purchase” for $125,246.15 was unanimously approved.

Summer feeding program

It was announced the school corporation will host a summer meals program beginning May 29. Youth 18 and younger will receive free breakfasts and lunches May 29 through June 1, June 4- 8, June 11-15 and June 18-22. Adult meals cost $3 each.

Youth breakfasts, which will be located at the Elementary and Middle schools, begin at 7:45 a.m., the Community breakfasts begin at 8:10 a.m., youth lunches begin at 10:45 a.m. and the Community lunches begin at 12:10 p.m.

Meals will be offered at the Middle School location only from July 3 through Aug. 2 and Aug. 6-8. Community breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m. and the Community lunch will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Indian Trails Career Cooperative

Indian Trails Career Cooperative Coordinator Jim Stradling presented awards to the outstanding teachers in the Career and Technical Education Programs for this year. Awards went to Joan Kahl, Chico Hatke, Courtney Nethercutt and Jodi Dennison. Teacher of the Year award went to Joan Kahl, who is in her seventh year of teaching Health Services and partners with Milner’s Healthcare to provide onsite experience for her students.

Other business

Elementary School Interim Principal Bill Shidler reported elementary students earned $5,000 during a three-hour carnival recently.

The next Board meeting will be June 11 at 7 p.m.

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