Multiple attempts were made to contact Gilbert, but were not returned as of press time.
Melin said the district will post the boys’ basketball coaching position at Jeff High this week. He said filling the position by their July 9 meeting would be an aggressive timeline, but they hope to have the position filled at least by the beginning of the school year.
The board also hired two new assistant principals at Jeff High. Tim LaGrange, an assistant principal at Charlestown Middle School and former Jeff High head boys’ basketball coach, will take one assistant-principal position. He was also a social studies teacher at the school.
Charles Marshall was approved for the other open assistant principal position. He previously taught special education in Jefferson County Public Schools for five years.
With rising costs for Advanced Placement testing and ACT initiatives in the district, Melin said the budget goals for the Greater Clark Educational Foundation will shift for the next school year.
He said with ACT initiatives at a cost of $67,560 and Advanced Placement test cost coverage for high schoolers at about the same cost, one of those programs had to move out of the budget for the foundation.
But he said the district won’t eliminate the AP testing program. He said the district will take on funding that program for the next year while trying to find other ways to fund it through other methods.
He said the foundation will have to almost double its income for next year, up to $105,000. He said part of that will hopefully come through employees in the form of payroll deductions and donation campaigns.
He also said with corporate and individual donations, a golf scramble, the creation of an alumni recognition program and an expected annual donation from Bales Auto Group, he thinks it’s an attainable goal.
In other news at the meeting, the board unanimously approved a contract with Professional Education Services Group of Indiana for substitute teaching. According to the requests for proposal, the savings over using Kelly Services was about $100,000. The contract lasts for one year and puts a full-time PESG employee in the Greater Clark administration building for last-minute substitutions.