Officials with the Southeast Dubois School corporation says they plan to continue updates on security measures at all corporation schools. One of the measures taken at last night’s monthly meeting was the approval of a new buzzer system at Forest Park Junior and Senior High School.
Superintendent Rick Allen says the front door entrance to Forest Park will soon have a buzzer system like other schools. The SE Dubois School Board approved the security update by AstroSecurity in Schnellville at a cost of around 4-thousand dollars. Allen says many area schools have been improving security measures in light of recent gun violence in schools across the country.
The board also approved purchasing a copier for the corporation’s central office at a cost of $5,500. Allen says the copier will increase storage space in the small, crowded building located next to Forest Park Junior and Senior High School. The new system will be able to electronically file transcripts and other documents. The corporation building currently houses all students paper transcripts since 1968.
Also last night the Southeast School Board accepted the pending retirements of three faculty members.
Jeff Johnson has taught Industrial Arts and Project lead the way at Forest Park for the past 38 years. While George Schipp has spent the last 36 years teaching at St. Anthony and Cedar Crest Elementary Schools.
Meanwhile longtime Ferdinand Elementary School Principal Lee Begle plans to step down at the conclusion of the current school year.
Begle has served the school corporation a total of 41 years as a teacher and of course as principal of Ferdinand Elementary. Begle also serves as food service director for all corporation schools.
Begle says his immediate plans after retirement are to travel with his wife, who will also retire in June. Him and his wife will take a short break, but won’t slow down just yet, with plans to stay involved with the school. He will also be available to help with the transition of a new principal and food service director. Begle says he may even fill in as a bus driver if and when needed.
Meanwhile Allen says the board plans to seek replacements for all three veteran faculty members. The vacancies will soon be listed on the Corporation’s website.
All three retirements will take effect at the end of the current school year.
In April members of the school board plan to visit and tour all Southeast Dubois schools. And a special meeting is planned for late April for personnel issues related to rehires.