Boone Grove | The Porter Township School Board welcomed Jonah Parpart at its meeting Thursday evening, and Parpart thanked the board for allowing him to complete his Eagle Scout project at the Stanley Nature Preserve.
Parpart said he will build and install birdhouses and bathouses, and install tree identification signs in October.
“Thank you for letting me do this project,” said Parpart.
“It’s a really neat project,” said Stacey Schmidt, superintendent. “Not everybody makes it to the level of Eagle Scout and this project will benefit our school system.”
The board held a public hearing on the superintendent’s two-year contract which ends June 30, 2016.
Robert Parpart, Jonah’s father, said he was impressed with the increase in communication from the superintendent’s office.
“I’m all for Dr. Schmidt staying,” said Parpart, who made the only public comment.
The board also approved the renewal of insurance with Indiana Insurance Company, offered by MacLennan & Bain.
“The bad news is the rates have gone up a bit, particularly in workman’s comp,” said Schmidt. “We spent a lot of time evaluating insurance coverage.”
Scott Cherry from Skillman Corporation reported on Phase 2C project.
“We’re really winding things down,” said Cherry.
“I think everything just looks fantastic,” said board member Johanna Williams. “I think everything has come together quite well.”
The board agreed to Schmidt’s request to advertise the 2014 budget, the transportation plan and the capital projects plan.
“The bottom line is $16,191,123, slightly lower than budget we advertised last year,” said Schmidt. “It does look like our enrollment will be down, so we’re advertising a bit less in general fund as well.”
New teacher orientation and training for iPad deployment with high school teachers is taking place, Schmidt said, in her superintendent’s report.
“We are anxious to distribute those iPads and excited about how this can transform teaching and learning,” said Schmidt.
Schmidt said everyone is ready for the start of school Wednesday, August 21.
“It is our busy, hit-the-ground running season,” said Schmidt. “Our buildings look great, our grounds look great ... I just spent the summer wishing the kids would come back because I’ve been lonely without them. We’re excited ... it’s go time.”