School board hears update on Project Challenge

Other items discussed on the agenda of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, included normal business items.

Director of Special Programs for Huntington Schools Trace Hinesley presented an update on Project Challenge to newer board members. She explained the program at different levels for the community's students and how students qualify for the program.

Project Challenge is for higher-ability students and allows them to excel, she explained.

Also, a group of community members and parents presented the standards they are working on for Lincoln Elementary and how to improve the school, part of the Indiana Academy Parent and School Leadership of Title I. They attended a conference and discussed what they learned and how they are implementing the tools to help Lincoln make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Action on Employer Assisted Housing for the corporation was approved. Some members were confused by what role they would be playing in assisting their employees while getting houses, but Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer was quick to explain that the corporation would strictly provide information about the program for first-time buyers to tap into essentially free money, which is funded elsewhere. He said no money would be involved on the corporation's end.

Also, Rhonda Adams, corporation nurse, will be compensated for health occupations instruction that she has taken over after the death of Ann Alexander, who previously ran the program at the Huntington North High School.
The administrative salary schedule was approved, but the classified salary was tabled until the next meeting.
The schedules were designed to reward those employees with experience, extra education, etc. Assistant Superintendent for Business Dave McKee has said that employees won't get paid less once the schedules are approved.

The next two meetings are scheduled for Oct. 12 and Oct. 26, both at 7 p.m. in the Administrative Service Center (ASC), located at 1360 Warren Rd. in Huntington.