Southeast Dubois Schools: 9/4

The Southeast Dubois School Corporation last night recognized three members of the district’s faculty and staff for recently being honored with the Peabody Energy Teacher of the Year award for the 2012-13 school year for Region 3.

Not all of the honorees are necessarily teachers as was the case with the Southeast Corporation. Instructional assistants, bus drivers and heads of maintentence are also among those eligible for the award.

Randy Sickbert, head of maintenence for Ferdinand Elementary as well as Pine Ridge Elementary teacher Brenda Weyer and Tina Goffinet a teacher at Ferdinand Elementary were recognized last month at the Evansville Country Club where 30 educators from regions 2 and 3 were honored.

The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program honors dedicated and compassionate educational professionals with awards and recognition at the annual dinner reception.

Southeast Dubois Superintendent Rick Allen says the recognition is an example of how all staff members go above and beyond their responsibilities:

Award recipients are selected anonymously throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders to be recognized as a Leader in Education and receive $1,000. Region 3 consists of 10 counties in west-central Indiana.

Julie Schnell, a 10th-grade world history teacher at Jasper High School, was also named an Educator of the Year for Region 3,

One teacher from each of six regions, all communities where Peabody Energy is present, is chosen as the overall Educator of the Year and awarded $5,000. Ferdinand Elementary teacher Ginger Rasche was last year’s overall winner.


Also last night, the Southeast board held a public hearing for the corporation’s upcoming budget. Last month Superintendent Rick Allen reported the assessed value of taxible property in the school district for 2013 was down 2 and a half million dollars from 2012 however value has increased this year. The district’s assessed value came in at over 336-million dollars assessed value of 2013. Allen said the new budget was figured on a lower assessed value as recommended by the Department of Local Finance.

Allen also noted the corporation was holding its own with grants and is carefully watching the operating balances and reserves created by maintaining a strong fiscal oversight. He added that he and the board do not plan to reduce staff however he says there are too many unanswered questions to be sure.

No one from the public spoke at last night’s hearing. The board will formally adopt the budget at next month’s meeting, October 2nd.


Finally last night the board was presented a check for 2-thousand dollars from Sue Fink and Angi Seffernick, co-chairpersons of the Ferdinand Heimatfest.

Each year the Heimatfest Committee provides a portion of profits from the fest to various clubs, groups, schools, municipal and civic organizations throughout the community.

The 2-thousand dollar gift to the Southeast Dubois School Corporation was in appreciation for the use of the auditorium at Forest Park Junior/Senior High School where the Heimatfest Little Miss, Mister and Queen Pageants are held each year. The money will go towards any repairs or improvements that may need to be made to the auditorium.

The 2000-dollar donation was among the largest handed out by the commitee. The Ferdinand Parks Department also recieved 2000-dollars. A total of 8,356-dollars is being donated back to the Ferdinand community by the Heimatfest Committee this year.