A longtime teacher and administrator in the Southwest Dubois School corporation has decided to call it a career.
Recently current Holland Elementary Principal and corporation Transporation Director Al Mihajlovits submitted his letter of resignation to the Southwest Dubois School Board who accepted his retirement during thier monthly meeting Thursday Night. His retirement will be effective at the end of the current school year.
The 67-year old is a native of Hungary. In 1956 Al, his parents and brother escaped to the United States during the Hungarian Revolution and settled in upstate New York.
Mihajlovits attended Normal College which was affiliated with Indiana University spending two years in Indianapolis followed by two years at the IU campus in Bloomington graduating in 1971.
After spending a couple of years at a school corporation outside of Syracuse, New York where he grew up, Mihajlovits earned his masters from Syracuse University. In 1973 he and his wife Andrea, a native of Vincennes, moved to Dubois County where he joined the Southwest Corporation.
In his 43 years, Mihajlovits was first hired to teach US History, Health and Physical Education at Southridge High School where he started the Southridge Wrestling Program.
In the late 1980’s he moved into administration as an assistant principal at Southridge High and then as administrative assistant at the central office. He later moved to Southridge Middle School and served as principal of 22 years before going back to the central office after being named the corporation’s Transporation Director about 2 years ago. He also currently serves as principal of Holland Elementary School.
Needless to say Mihajlovits has held many different positions during his career. A career he considers unique….
After accepting his resignation, Southwest Dubois Superintedent Mike Eineman as well as board members thanked Mihajlovits for his many years of service. Eineman says Mihajlovits has been a true asset to the corporation….
Once agian Mihajlovits’ retirement is effective at the end of this school year. Al and Andrea, a retired elementary teacher at Huntingburg Elementary are the parents of 3 grown children and plan to stay in the area however he says future plans include traveling, relaxing and a lot of golf.
2016 BUDGET APPROVED
Also last night the Southwest Dubois School Corporation became the latest public entity to put the final touches on thier district’s next spending plan
The Southwest Board granted final approval and will seek a total 2016 budget of just under 12 and a half million dollars ($12,461,105) up slightly from this past year. This year’s tax rate for the Southwest Dubois district is $2.62 per 100 dollars of assessed value.
Superintedent Mike Einmann first presented those figures to the Board in August. A public hearing was held last month with no comment before recieving final approval last night.
Eineman says he was pleased with the process of crafting next year’s spending plan and is hopeful it will meet the corporation’s needs….
The Southwest Dubois budget is broken down into serveral different catagories including debt service, school pension, referendum debt, capital projects, transportation and bus replacement.
It will now be sent to the department of local government finance for final approval.
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
And last night the Southwest Dubois School Board recognized the corporation’s Students of the Month. They include:
Kate Boeglin, a kindergarten student at Holland Elementary School,
Huntingburg Elementary Fifth Grader Brice King,
Madison Songer, a 7th Grader at Southridge Middle School,
and Payton Mattingly, a senior at Southridge High School.