NH Supt. warns board of financial woes in near future PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 00:00

The North Harrison Board of School Trustees learned Thursday of possible future financial difficulties, unless the state increases its funding in the next few years.
“I’m afraid that’s only going to get worse,” said North Harrison Supt. John Roeder.
Roeder said that between the lower levels of funding, and enrollment declines over the last six school years, and the continuing increases in the cost of health insurance, it will most likely be necessary to lay off staff.
Roeder said that the Reduction in Force (lay offs) would effect all areas of school personnel.
“Unsettling news, but news that must be put out to the public,” he added.
Supt. Roeder said that in the coming weeks and months, he will have more detailed information about the financial situation of the school.
Despite the bad news on the financial front, Roeder was pleased with the corporation’s standings among all other public school corporations in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison Counties. According to a copyrighted article in the Courier-Journal, North Harrison was tops in the three counties in overall ISTEP scores, and led in all individual areas, such as language arts and mathematics.
Board president Veronica Sieg-Battista said it was important to hear good news as well as bad news. “We always acknowledge the bad news, but we always want to celebrate the good when we can,” she said.
The board also reorganized, as it does every July.
Veronica Sieg-Battista was re-elected as President, with Marla Adams re-elected as vice president. Michael Beyerle is the secretary of the board.
Hal Pearson was appointed as the new Athletics Director for the high school, and received a two year administrative contract. He was approved with a 5-0 vote.
There were several other appointments.
At the middle school, Michelle Green and Christopher Broughton were hired as Special Ed instructor and English teachers, in respective order.
Martha Maier-Tillquist was appointed as a high school math teacher, and Michelle Reidinger was hired a part time middle school art teacher.
In other business, the board:
Approved book rental fees for the middle school for 2011-12.
Approved book rental fees for both elementary schools for 2011-12.
Approved a $1,000 donation from 1st Harrison Bank to the high school cross country program.
Approved the sale of Bus Route 23 from Jackie Bosler to Buddy Bosler at the daily rate of $161.24 per day.
Approved permission to apply for grants for $6,000 and $2,582 to help with production of the high school yearbook and high school newspaper. The money will be from the Harrison County Community Foundation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 08:22