Last night the Northeast Dubois School Board conducted a public hearing for taxpayers within the corporation in regards to the school corporation’s plans to refinance pension bonds.

Superintendent Bill Hochgesang says the board approved refinancing bonds at last month’s school board meeting due to recommended low interest rates.

No taxpayers objected or commented during the hearing to refinance the bonds.  An additional appropriation of approximately $3-million 750-thousand dollars will be refunded to the School Corporation’s Taxable General Obligation Pension Bonds of 2004.

The board will allow Indianapolis based consulting firm Ice Miller to counsel and authorize the issuance of Bonds and the secretary of the board will deliver bonds to the purchaser.

Also at last night’s meeting, the school board heard from Sr. Barbara Schmitz of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand. Sister Barbara is collaborating with the Family Scholar House of Louisville to bring a new service to Dubois County.

Established in 1995, Family Scholar House combats the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students support needed to earn a college degree and attain a viable independent lifestyle.

Family Scholar House began operations in Dubois County in October through an office in the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. Sister Barbara Catherine Schmitz  implemented the program.

Hochgesang says the school corporation supports the program and will make recommendations. The program seeks to provide academic advising, case management, family support, community activities, connection to other resources, peer support, and eventually, housing, for qualifying single-parent students.

Although the program will serve Dubois County, Family Scholar House will eventually serve other surrounding counties.

Program participants can attend any accredited college. Funding available through a variety of sources is supported by tax credits. In addition, strong community collaborations assist students in accessing benefits and subsidies through community programs.

For more information, contact Sr. Barbara Schmitz at 367-1411.

And finally the Northeast Dubois school board approved the resignations of Northeast Dubois Assistant Girls’ Track coach Shanna Steckler and Assistant Golf Coach Glenn Jones. Steckler’s resignation comes as she takes on more duties during the school day.

In fact the School Board approved Steckler’s new position as Technology Integration Specialist for all corporation schools.

Also last night, the board accepted the retirement of Kenneth Jacob, from the school’s maintenance staff.

And the school board also approved Northeast Dubois High School Athletic Director Terry Friedman’s recommendation to hire Larry Matheis as the school’s new head golf coach.