Southern awarded physical education grant

Sarah Hawley

November 5, 2013

RACINE — Southern Local School District was recently awarded the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant.

The federally funded program is in the amount of $384,507 for the 2014 fiscal year. The program is for up to three years. Over three years the grant could provide approximately $1 million for the district’s physical education programs.

This is the same grant program which was awarded to Meigs Local one year ago.

Southern Physical Education Teacher Alan Crisp has been hired by the board to serve the remainder of the 2013-14 school year as the PEP grant coordinator at his current salary. Crisp was also approved for a 20 day supplemental contract for the summer program. The continuation is contingent upon continued receipt of grant funding.

A contract with McGuire and Associates was also approved by the board for external evaluation of the PEP grant.

Funding from the program will allow the district to improve the physical education curriculum to include a wider range of physical activities and technologies for objective assessment of physical activity levels and fitness programs; implement SPARK curriculum; promote nutrition education and collaborate with several community partners to increase opportunities for students to be active and learn about healthy eating choices.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Brenna Call as the after school coordinator effective Oct. 25 due to other employment.

Andrea Weakley was hired as the 21st Century Coordinator for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.

The hiring of Debbie Harris as a first grade teacher was approved.

Brian Weaver was approved as a tutor for a student for health reasons.

Supplemental contracts were approved as follows, Zane Beegle, eighth grade girls basketball; Danille Combs, seventh grade girls basketball; Sandra Mayes, Echo; Deborah McCoy, 11th grade class advisor; Christi Hendrix, 12th grade class advisor; Christi Hendrix, safety coordinator; Mike Hill, volunteer high school girls basketball; Andrea Cline, VLA coordinator; Alice Williams, head cook; Jeff Beaver, head custodian; Jeff Caldwell, Title IX; Elizabeth Johnson, junior high student council; Scott Cleland, work study; Steve Randolph, assistant boys basketball (reserve); Chad Dodson, assistant band and pep band; Daniel Otto, Missy Hoback, Shelly Barr, Amy Roush, and Ann Ohlinger (chair), LPDC; Johnathan Polster, yearbook; Amy Roush, elementary yearbook; Amy Roush, variety show; Scott Wolfe, Daniel Otto, Kent Wolfe, Tricia McNickle, Ann Ohlinger, Jenny Manuel, Missy Hoback, Marty Rose, Beth Bay, Andrea Cline and Courtney Ginther, Race to the Top.

The following individuals was approved as teachers for the elementary after school program, Wendy Beegle, Susan Cochran, Lisa Schenkelberg, Ashli Thompson, Sandra Mayes, Kelly Drummer, Andrea Edwards, Courtney Lively, Jonathan Polster, Marty Rose, and David Maxson.

Teachers approved for the high school after school program were, Alicia Ngo, Ryan Davis, Jonathan Polster, Marsha Weaver, and Kevin Vernon.

Bus drivers approved for the after school program were Kathy Miller, Cheryl Smith and Sherry Cogar.

An amendment to a purchase order was approved for PSI Testing Services from $90,000 to $104,592.50.

The board approved a resolution to reduce on cook position, which is vacant and will not result in the layoff of any current employee.

The board approved Ricky’s Tree Services to lift and clean out 10 oak trees in front of the school.

The FFA trip to Louisville, Kentucky was approved.

The open house for the high school was set for Nov. 6 and a ribbon cutting on Nov. 22.

The next Southern Local Board of Education meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25.

The five year forecast was approved as presented by Treasurer Roy Johnson.

Revised board policies were approved as presented.