FERDINAND — During their regular meeting held Wednesday, May 3, the Southeast Dubois School Board considered approval of a Naloxone policy. Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, is a nasal spray that is used to reverse an opioid overdose.
Superintendent Dr. Jamie Pund explained the corporation has been working on this policy after being approached by the school nurses in regards to a grant they received that allows them to have Narcan on the campus.
The corporation currently does not house Narcan on their Forest Park campus but have been considering doing so due to the opioid epidemic and the risk of a student overdosing or an overdose event occurring at an extracurricular event on campus.
This policy would mean Narcan would be stored on campus with trained individuals on hand to administer it, in the case of an overdose event.
There are several people at the Forest Park building who are now trained to administer the overdose reversal medication. The policy was created so that all the guidelines are laid out, to be transparent, and to have instructions listed out explaining the steps in case they are in a situation of someone overdosing.
While training is not required to administer Narcan, the corporation wanted to make sure they had trained individuals on campus to do so.
School board President Kent Uebelhor added that they hope they never have to use it, but thinks it’s good to have it available as a precaution in place.
A motion was made by board member Matt Eckert to approve the corporation’s Naloxone policy as presented. His motion was seconded by board member Nate Schuler. The motion was carried unanimously.
School board student advisory member Conner Tretter noted how the upperclassmen had prom and post prom a couple weeks ago. As this was Connor’s final meeting before he graduates, board member Matt Eckert thanked the senior and highlighted how he has done a fantastic job on the board.
Superintendent Pund went through the list of retirements and resignations for the month. Kathy Hopf will be retiring as the credit recovery instructor at Forest Park. Sherri Schipp, custodian, will be retiring. Art Nordhoff, who has been the school corporation attorney since they organized in 1969, will be retiring later this summer.
Dr. Pund publicly thanked Art for the many years he has taken care of and served the school corporation.
The resignations for this month were Emily Hauser as FP beta club co-sponsor, Karrie Wolf as the science academic bowl coach, Chris Sisk as the assistant cafe manager at FP after 19 years, Brandalyn White as the assistant cafeteria manager at FP, Tara Uebelhor as junior high yearbook sponsor at FP, Terri Bell as spell bowl coach, Chris Atkins as the assistant boys varsity basketball coach, and Jesse Begle as the assistant girls varsity basketball coach.
The motion was made by board member Eckert to accept the resignations and retirements as presented. His motion was seconded by board member Cecelia Hamitlon. The motion carried.
The board considered the hiring recommendations of Meredith Bunson as the 4th grade teacher at Ferdinand Elementary, Jennifer Woodruff as 5th grade teacher at Cedar Crest, and Jacob Berg as the Forest Park assistant football coach.
Board member Schuler made the motion to accept the hirings as presented. Board member Elaine Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Donations to the school corporation for the month:
$1,065 from the Mitchell Aaron Haas Endowment to FFA.
$1,419 to boys and girls golf from Dubois County Community Foundation.
$300 from the Iota Lambda, Chapter of the Psi Iota Xi to the Pine Ridge storybook path.
$100 from St. Anthony Community Center to the Pine Ridge storybook path.
$100 from the Pier Group, LLC to the Pine Ridge storybook path.
$5,000 anonymous donation to the Forest Park Endowment.
The motion was made by board member Hamitlon to approve the donations. Board member Eckert seconded the motion. The motion carried.
This year, the school corporation will be changing the online purchase credit card fees for textbook rental and school lunch fees. The fee will be increasing from $2 to $3 per transaction. This will help the corporation cover the cost they are paying for that service.
The corporation does not charge any fees for the first three months of the school year.As a corporation they cover the cost of all the fees from August to October.
Miller made the motion to approve the increase in the credit card fees from $2 to $3 per transaction. Her motion was seconded by Schuler. The motion carried.
The board considered the approval of both the summer personal and the 2023-24 school year personnel lists.
Congratulations were given to the Cedar Crest Math Bowl team. They earned 1st place rank in the math bowl competition.
Congratulations were given to the 64 Ranger Archery students that qualified for the Nationals competition in Louisville, Ky.
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