County schools want tax increase to fund band

By Rex Wilgus
For the News Exchange

(Editor’s note: The version of this story that appeared in the print version of the News Exchange contained some incorrect information about teacher resignations and change of duties at Myrtle Attendance Center. The version below is corrected.)

NEW ALBANY – During their regular meeting on June 3, 2013, the Union County School Board approved a request to seek a 4 percent ad valorem increase to completely fund the district’s band program, which brings together about 100 students from all over the county.
Superintendent Ken Basil noted that the district had not sought an ad valorem increase last school year.
The board also honored Scott Duley, football coach at East Union, whose powerlifting team were state champs last month in Jackson.
In other matters, the board:
– Issued a resolution to honor Molly Hale at Ingomar as State Golf Champion in Class 1A, 2A and 3A for the 2012-2013 school year.
– Approved changes in school board policies with regard to expense reimbursements, professional personnel expenses, absence from duty, and fixed assets.
– Approved the appointment of Renaissance Learning of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., as the sole source vendor for Renaissance Learning software; it will also be the sole source vendor for Renaissance Learning hosting services.
– Increased the art fee from $15 to $20 beginning with the new school year.
– Granted approval for the use of the West Union gym on July 13 and 20 and the Myrtle activities building on July 12 and 19 for recruitment efforts for incoming fifth grade students interested in the band program. The events are free of charge and optional for all students.
– Approved the release or transfer of the following students: William Parks, Eli Garrett Crumpton, Alexandria Hope Swords, Collin Lane Swords, Murphy Marquan Daniel, and Vera Kirk.
– Accepted the resignations of teachers Emily Hodum and Nikki Robertson.
– Accepted Julie McCullough’s resignation as Title IX Coordinator and Myrtle co-cheer sponsor; she will continue to teach.
– Accepted Jessica Waits’ resignation as Myrtle co-cheer sponsor; she also will continue to teach.
– Accepted Robert Gordon’s resignation as Myrtle head slow-pitch softball coach and approved Marty Cook as new head slow pitch softball coach and half assistant baseball coach. Gordon continues as teacher.
– Approved the appointments of Jackie White (E. Union), Nita Johnson and Bonnie Vanzant (substitute teachers), Allyson Grubbs (Ingomar), Whitney Owens (Ingomar), Melissa Reed (Ingomar), Lori Campbell (Title IX Coordinator), Drew Dillard (E. Union), Stephanie Dillard (E. Union), Laura Beth Goolsby (Myrtle), Jennie Scott (Myrtle), and Emilee Taylor (Ingomar).
– Appointed Jill Collum as the Jr. High School Girl’s basketball team coach for the new school year.
– Appointed Drew Dillard as assistant football coach and 1/2 assistant baseball coach at East Union.
The board will meet again on June 17 at 5:30 p.m. for a budget meeting. Its regular July meeting will be held June 27 at 5:30 p.m. due to the July 4 holiday. It will not meet in July.
Superintendent Basil told the board that “dirt work” at the football stadium at East Union was to begin, and the stadium should be ready in the fall of the 2014/2015 school year.
Basil also noted that the air conditioner in the gym was getting up to speed, though small repairs were required to get the unit up to full capacity.