Paoli Community School Corporation board trustees met in work session Monday with board president Lila Tucker, vice president Terry Nicholson, secretary Joe Kimmel, members Bill Hoke, Doug Pittman, Lora Sanders, Craig Starr, and Superintendent Greg Walker and Assistant Superintendent Sherry Wise.

Walker reviewed the 2023 budget.

The board conducted a public hearing on the proposed contract for Walker, with no public comment offered.

Assistant Junior-Senior High Principal Adam Stroud announced that students of the month were Joseph Fields and Allisona Phillipe.

Students of the month at Throop Elementary announced by Elementary Principal Stephany Carr were Camley Whitfield and Caselyn Whitfield.

Marsha Wells shared information on the high ability program, which will focus on science, technology, engineering and math, with a STEM studio at Throop Elementary.

She created a document for the IDOE that was approved and will be a part of the program handbook. There will be a high ability parent meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15, followed by a Wax Museum feature in the Throop Cafeteria.

Board member Bill Hoke made a motion to approve advertisement of the 2023 education fund, operations fund, debt service fund, and rainy-day fund budgets:

Education Fund = $8,765,114

Operations Fund = $4,113,975

Debt Service Fund = $1,678,295

Rainy Day Fund = $250,000

The board also agreed to approve the capital projects plan and school bus replacement plan.

The board agreed to meet in special session for public hearings on the budgets Monday, Sept. 26.

The board approved the teacher appreciation grant policy with no changes.

They also approved the child nutrition program procurement plan.

Bus routes were approved, as required by Senate Enrolled Act 2. A copy of list of bus routes was made a part of thee minutes.

Throop Elementary and Paoli Junior-Senior High School 2022-23 School Improvement Plans were presented and approved.

Walker reported the resignation of Lynn Morris as cook at Throop Elementary, effective Aug. 10; Tiffany Clements’ resignation as cook at Throop Elementary, effective Aug. 15 and Harmony Shinkle’s resignation as special education instructional assistant at Throop Elementary, effective Aug. 16, as well as Chris Lindley’s resignation as high school academic coach, effective Aug. 3. He also accepted Kyle Chase’s resignation as junior high academic coach (1/4), effective Aug. 3.

The following positions were approved: Mary Oglesby as special education preschool coordinator for the 2022-2023 school year on a prorated contract of 165 days at a salary of $38,350.95 plus an additional five days at $1,162.15 for a total salary of $39,513.10 to be paid from Special Education Shared Employees #5221 Fund, effective Aug. 29; Tabbitha Robbins as bus monitor for P-23 special needs bus route in the afternoons at the rate of $13.25 per hour, effective Aug. 3; employing Callie Laws as special education instructional assistant at Throop Elementary for 6.75 hours per day at the rate of $12.25 per hour to be paid from ESSER III, effective Sept. 13; Carson Little as part-time maintenance employee at the rate of $12.25 with no benefits, effective Aug. 22; Paul Bosley as math teacher at Paoli Jr.-Sr. High School for the 2022-2023 school year on a prorated contract of 169 days at a salary of $65,316.20, effective Aug. 23; Tabitha Benefiel moving from cashier/cook to head cook at Throop Elementary for 7 hours per day at the rate of $15.00 per hour, effective Aug. 22.

Larry Hollan was hired as a title consultant for the 2022-23 school year, for 10 days at the rate of $400 per day to be paid from grants. If needed, the superintendent may approve up to 10 additional days.

The following were employed for the 2022-2023 school year:

• Derick Lambdin and Jim O’Connell, as volunteer boys’ tennis coaches.

• Laurie Jo Andry, as high school SADD sponsor at the rate of $562 per year.

• Lora Laswell as assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach at the rate of $3,560 per year.

• Jeremy Payton as JV girls’ basketball coach at the rate of $2,848 per year.

• Stacey Ochs as C-team girls’ basketball coach at the rate of $1,849 per year, as 7th grade girls’ basketball coach at the rate of $1,849 per year and as as 6th grade girls’ basketball coach at the rate of $869 per year.

• Misty Ross as volunteer varsity girls’ basketball coach.

• McKinzie Laswell as 8th grade girls’ basketball coach at the rate of $1,849 per year.

• Donavan Crews, as 5th grade girls’ basketball coach at the rate of $869 per year.

• Wes Whitfield, as Volunteer 5th and 2nd grade girls’ basketball coach.

• Skyler Stroud, Daniel Springer and Adam Poole as volunteer 4th grade girls’ basketball coaches

• Brandy Dillard, Richard Hammond as volunteer 3rd grade girls’ basketball coach.

18. Shane Staggs, as volunteer 2nd grade Girls’ basketball coach

• Extending the contract of Darek Newkirk by one year, through the end of the 2023-24 school year.

The board approved Amanda Hopkins’ request for maternity leave beginning on or around Oct. 17 through Nov. 27, using all remaining leave and accumulated sick leave days and the remainder as unpaid leave; Shelia Ratliff’s request for a medical leave of absence, beginning Sept. 9 for six weeks, using leave days and accumulated sick days and the remainder as unpaid leave.

Jeremy Payton spoke about improvement to the baseball field and equipment. He wants to have open field practice for high school kids and camp for younger kids.

A $70,950 quote from Turf Dog for maintenance, upgrades and updates was approved.

Superintendent Walker shared that Opaa has a great team in place and served a record number of meals. He also informed the board that the school has received a $20,000 safety grant. He advised that he rode on all 19 bus routes and there is additional training for the bus routes.

Vice President Terry Nicholson proposed having a student resource officer at each school building and a computer program that tells which doors are unlocked.