Schools’ quest to add positions fails to win approval

A special education coordinator position will be added to the special services staff of Huntington County Community School Corporation in the fall of 2013.
The position will replace the current assistive technology coordinator position.
The corporation's board of trustees approved this - one of four positions considered - during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 24.
The other three positions were not approved. They were an e-learning director, elementary professional development coach and an assistant principal position.
Superintendent Tracey Shafer recommended the approval of the positions, but after a motion by Holly Thompson, District 4, no second followed and the motion died.
Various other items on the agenda were tabled due to the absence of Board President Kevin Patrick and member Tom King, District 5.
They are:
• The new digital curriculum policy.
• A new student out-of-county transfer policy.
• First reading of new or revised policies and bylaws.
Ecolab donated $30,451 in Visions for Learning teacher grants, which were accepted by the board.
In other business:
• A new expository writing textbook was approved for the dual credit course offered through Vincennes University at Huntington North High School.
• Six new teachers were hired. They are: Rebecca Carmien, fourth grade, Andrews Elementary; Allison Esch, first grade, Andrews Elementary; Emilie Jamison, second grade, Lancaster Elementary; Kacie Maybee, kindergarten, Flint Springs; Sarah Stine, art, Andrews and Roanoke; and Zachary Hale, art, Huntington North High School.