The Carmi-White County Unit 5 Board unanimously approved renewing their agreement with the City of Carmi to employ David Agee as a school resource officer for the 2019-2020 school year. Carmi Police Chief Jason Carter was on hand, and told the Board that the program has been a “fantastic thing” for his department and that the response he has received has been very positive. Superintendent Brad Lee was in full agreement, saying that Ofc. Agee’s presence has freed up staff and administrators and that he and the building administrators were very pleased with the program.  The cost to the school system will increase $1,904.40 for the school year.

The Board also unanimously approved a proposal to Sonitrol to install a new security camera system at the high school at a cost of $43,360.65 and cameras in the offices and lobbies of the three elementary buildings for $2,660.  The new 46 camera HD digital system will replace an older analog system of 16 cameras and will be paid for through 1% sales tax monies and potential donations from the public. 

Dr. Amy Dixon updated the Board on coming changes to curriculum, explaining that programs like the high school geometry class would be strengthened through additional elements in an effort to boost math scores through the district.  Math retention among the lower grade levels is also a focus, and the faculty is continuing to look at balancing technology and traditional practices to improve student success at every level. 

Two school buses will continued to be leased from Midwest Bus Sales at a cost of $30,261 a year over a two year period after is was learned the district would not be able to move to a one year lease.  It was also approved by the Board to reinstate transporting 7th and 8th grade athletes to away games after that was suspended in 2013 in an effort to cut costs.  Lee said that he did not have a good estimate on what that would cost next year, but members agreed that it should be done. 

In his report, Lee invited Board members to attend the end of year breakfast on Wednesday and congratulated Leanett Lovell for being named the Kiwanis 2019 Educator of the Year.  Lee also announced that member schools of the Egyptian Trust will see and average increase of 6%, with Unit 5 seeing an 11% beginning Sep 1. 

Rod Wright of UNICOM-ARC presented the Board with strategies for coordinating a community engagement and communication program that will gather input regarding improvements to or replacing the three elementary buildings. 

Resignations of Jana Delong as a special education classroom aide at Jefferson School, Darrell Nelson as a building custodian at Washington School, Patricia Myers as head cook at the Junior/Senior High School, Justin Simmons as 5th grade girl’s basketball coach, Lora O”Daniel as High School Assistant Softball Coach and Jara Mitchell as Carmi-White County Business/Computer Education Teacher and Inter-related Cooperative Occupational Teacher Coordinator were accepted, and lowest bids on paper, bread, and pest control were accepted. The Board also set meeting dates for the coming year, assigned committees, and renewed membership in the IASB. 

In the closed session, the Board hired Kim Hindman as a Special Education Adaptive PE Teacher at Brownsville Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jessica Cozzello and Tara Miller as a Special Education Teacher at Brownsville Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year pending appropriate certification to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Karissa Rushing. 

Megan King is to be reassigned from a 5th Grade Teacher to a 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Washington Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the reassignment of Stacy Simon and April Benham be employed as a 5th Grade Teacher at Washington Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the reassignment of Megan King. 

Mallory Stendeback will be reassigned from a Title I Reading Aide to a Special Education Individual Aide at Jefferson Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the reassignment of Crystal Bennett and Dusty Brinkley was hired as a Special Education Classroom Aide at Jefferson Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the reassignment of Mallory Stendeback. 

Brenda Lack was employed as a Part-Time High School Business and Computer Education Teacher and Inter-related, Cooperative Occupational Teacher Coordinator for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Vanessa Kiser be employed as a Special Education Individual Aide at Lincoln Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Amanda Martin was reassigned from the Physical Education Classroom Aide at the Carmi-White County Junior High School to the Building Secretary at Jefferson Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the reassignment of Ashley Elliott. Elliott was reassigned from the Building Secretary at Jefferson Attendance Center to the Physical Education Classroom Aide at the Carmi-White County Junior High School for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the reassignment of Amanda Martin. 

 

Brittany Maggi was employed as a Special Education Individual Aide at Washington Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 School year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Kelsey Rankin. 

Jessica Flannigan be employed as a High School Vocational Business, Marketing & Computer Education Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jara Mitchell. 

Megan Tockstein was employed as a High School Vocational Agriculture Education Teacher for the 2019 2020 school year. 

Jennifer Foote was reassigned from a Special Education Individual Aide at Jefferson Attendance Center to a Special Education Classroom Aide at Lincoln Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Lisa Yates. 

Elizabeth Bleeks be employed as a part-time noon supervisor (1.75 hrs/day) at Lincoln Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ashley French. 

Rachel Essary was employed as a part-time dishwasher (2hrs/day) at Jefferson Attendance Center for the 2019 2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Karen Stull. 

Shelley Aldrich was employed as a Special Education Classroom Aide at Jefferson Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jana DeLong.