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May 7, 2013

New principal hired at Jeffersonville High School

Julie Straight goes permanent

JEFFERSONVILLE — The interim principal at Jeffersonville High School will man the helm permanently after Greater Clark County Schools board of trustees’ vote on Tuesday.

Julie Straight, who has led the school since November 2012, was approved by a 6-1 vote. Nancy Kraft opposed the measure after separating certified and classified personnel, but her vote against the personnel report was a vote against the transfer of Jim Sexton to New Washington Middle/High School.

Andrew Melin, superintendent, said after interviewing all the candidates for the position, Straight made the most sense for the job.

“Julie has stepped in this year into a challenging situation and has done so with professionalism, has been a Jeffersonville product committed to the community and the area,” Melin said. “We’re very proud of her and will be expecting great things from her...”

The principal’s position at Jeffersonville High School has been shaky since October 2012. Sexton was removed as principal and replaced with an interim, then assistant principal David Milburn.

Milburn was put on administrative leave after he faced felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property and attempting to sell it to a student at the school during lunch.

Straight filled in as interim after Milburn was placed on leave.

The board also approved several requests for proposals, including one for a facilities study across the district.

Melin said the study would take a look at the needs of the district once the East End Bridge is completed, but also look at efficiencies and inefficiencies in schools.

Tony Hall, board member, said he didn’t understand why the district was hiring engineers, architects and firms to perform studies on demographics. He said he thought the district should have someone on staff who knows those details.

Kevin Satterly, board secretary, asked chief financial officer Thomas Dykiel to research how much the district has paid for engineers and architects in the last two years. He said with so many building projects, he’d like to compare the price to hire those positions on retainer.

“It seems like we approve an awful lot of engineers every time we turn around to do something for us,” Satterly said. “If we don’t have one on staff, maybe that’s something we need to look at, retaining one.”

The board approved the RFP for the study 6-1, with Hall opposing.

The board also unanimously approved RFPs for waste disposal and substitute teaching services.

In other business at the meeting, the board approved increases in meal prices for students and adults. Students will pay 10 cents more for lunch in elementary and secondary schools as well as 10 cents more for milk. They will also pay 25 cents more for breakfast. The increases are in line with federal mandates.

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