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Top sellers of Nursery School fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:38

DeBaille and DuncanAlexis DeBaillie and Damyan Duncan were the top two sellers in the Churubusco United Methodist Nursery School fundraiser. Thanks to the generous support of the community the school earned $1582.50 towards scholarships.

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Green Township 4-H'ers fill goodie boxes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:36

Green Township 4-HThese Green Township 4-H members recently took the time to think of others. The 4-H’ers filled 32 goodie boxes and delivered them to Green Township residents. They then traveled to the nursing home in Albion to sing Christmas carols to the residents. Pictured left to right in front are: Brock Love, Claire Cartwright, Brooklyn Konger, Caroline Egolf, Dakota McClure, Luke Cartwright. Back row: Ted Pearson, R. J. Sonnenberg, Jared Rosswurm, Sydney Nelson, Grace Cartwright, Emma Cartwright, Clayton Egolf, Peyton Gaff, Cameron Crick and Cheyanne McClure.

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Busco student travels to Washington PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:31

Brient Hicks(Brient Hicks)

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Churubusco student Brient Hicks attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) held in Washington, D.C. which introduces outstanding high school students to the world of medicine. This program introduces students to professionals from some of the nation’s top medical centers and faculty from renowned institutions of learning.  Brient Hicks, son of Willis Hicks, is a sophomore at Churubusco High School.
With close cooperation from many prestigious and technologically advanced hospitals, research facilities and medical schools, Brient was challenged to learn about a broad range of topics, including educational requirements, career options, clinical practice, and complex ethical and legal issues facing the medical profession today.  Brient, along with nearly 250 other students, discussed global epidemics, cures for life-threatening diseases, life as a resident, medical specialties and primary care with current physicians and patients.
Participants of National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) programs are nominated by their teachers or mentors, alumni of this or other NYLF programs, or are nominated based on information provided on voluntary pre-college surveys, such as the National Research Center for College and University Admissions Talent Identification Program.
Brient would like to thank all those who assisted him in making this opportunity possible through donations and community support – American Legion, Auburn Chiropractic, Thompson Dental, Dr. Zollinger, Star Financial Bank and his dad. He would like to pursue an education in the medical field and this was an excellent way to experience the medical vocation first-hand.

Churubusco student Brient Hicks attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) held in Washington, D.C. which introduces outstanding high school students to the world of medicine. This program introduces students to professionals from some of the nation’s top medical centers and faculty from renowned institutions of learning.  Brient Hicks, son of Willis Hicks, is a sophomore at Churubusco High School.

 
CJSHS taking a break from netbooks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:19

by Katie Wagner
Speculation about the fate of netbooks at Churubusco Junior/Senior High School is running rampant as connection troubles abound.
CJSHS Principal Austin Couch reported to the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees at Monday’s meeting that students will be required to turn in their netbooks on Wednesday before going on Christmas break. During Christmas break, the technology staff at SGCS will work to “reimage” the machines and to hook into new access points, even if that means relocating at least one teacher.
With several hundred students logging on at one time, the servers are overloaded and the netbooks often freeze up and won’t work correctly. Several courses use online software on the netbooks to complete lessons and coursework.
In addition, Couch said that although the personal computers do not have specific restrictions, the corporation would like to monitor and control the content that students can access.
Once the netbooks are reimaged, Couch said students in classes with the highest level of computer needs will get the netbooks back first and then the netbooks will be slowly returned to other students once all of the kinks are worked out.
In other Board news:
CES student Evan Snyder, son of Justin and Molly Snyder, was recognized as the Spotlight on Success Student of the Month for demonstrating the Character Counts character pillar of Citizenship because he helped a fellow classmate pick up something he had spilled. Evan’s teachers comment that “he can always be counted on to make good choices and his positive outlook guarantees that he will continue to do great things in the school and in his community.”
CJSHS Principal Austin Couch presented the Board with new courses to be added to the course list for the 2012-13 school year, as well as changes in courses and courses that were removed.
Due to changes made by the Department of Education (DOE), some courses were renamed, such as “Algebra Enrichment” for “Pre-Algebra” and “Preparing for College and Careers” for “Careers.” “Human Body Systems” replaced “Bio II,” using Project Lead the Way vocational funding for each student enrolled.
Due to the lack of adequate enrollment to sustain staffing or scheduling, the following courses have been eliminated: Digital Communications, Creative Writing, French and Building Trades.
Several Board members expressed concern over the elimination of French, and to a greater extent, Building Trades. Couch said he has encouraged “Shop” teacher Mark Grove to start identifying middle school students who may have an interest in building trades and encourage them to pursue the class once they are in high school. If enough interest and funding are available, Couch said they would consider offering the class again. Students are currently able to take building trades classes through Anthis Career Center or Ivy Tech.
Superintendent Steve Darnell, in conjunction with Business Manager Todd Fleetwood, recommended that the Board approve a flat rate of $0.30 per mile for mileage reimbursement for approved use of personal vehicles. The corporation currently pays $0.555 per mile per IRS regulations. The cut would save the corporation about $4000 annually. Darnell and Fleetwood proposed the cut due to the impending cuts to the general fund in 2012.
Board member Rick Trump said he opposed the rate cut because of the cost of wear and tear on an employee’s personal vehicle and said the $4000 savings wouldn’t be great enough to justify the cut.
School Board President Tanya Young said she supported Trump’s comment, but she said she respects the fact that Darnell and Fleetwood would bring it to the table to save money because the two of them would be the most affected by the cut.
The item was withdrawn from the agenda without Board action.
CES Principal Shellie Miller and CJSHS Principal Austin Couch presented a report on bullying and harassment at SGCS.
Miller said a common trend over the past three years has been bullying on school buses. To address the problem, Miller and CES Assistant Principal Nicole Veit have implemented the Character Counts program on buses and drivers are being trained to deal with students’ behavior by using behavior management. Also, all students on every bus have assigned seats.  In the classroom, school counselors present weekly lessons to all elementary students regarding character and bullying.
Couch said Jr/Sr high students reported the most bullying in hallways. Couch said the corporation needs to create a culture where students and teachers have a protocol to deal with bullying so that it will be reported and taken care of before problems escalate.
The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7 p.m.

by Katie Wagner

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Speculation about the fate of netbooks at Churubusco Junior/Senior High School is running rampant as connection troubles abound. 

CJSHS Principal Austin Couch reported to the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees at Monday’s meeting that students will be required to turn in their netbooks on Wednesday before going on Christmas break. During Christmas break, the technology staff at SGCS will work to “reimage” the machines and to hook into new access points, even if that means relocating at least one teacher.

 
Smith Township Firefighter 2011 Awards PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:12

Holloway and BennettFor over a decade a firefighter is chosen for this award for their attitude and dedication and this year’s winner was Chris Holloway (left). Holloway has been a member since February 1993 and has held the position of secretary or treasurer nearly his entire time on the department. At right is Roger Bennettf

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Town Council gives raises PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 22:34

by Dave Crabill
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The Churubusco Town employees will receive a 2% salary hike for next year. The Council approved the 2012 salary ordinance with very little deliberation during their last meeting on Wednesday, December 7. They met on numerous occasions, in public budget workshops, to discuss the salary ordinance prior to the meeting and were well versed with the numbers.
Established salaries by the Council are as follows:
Council President $4,400 annual, Council members $4,000 annual, Clerk-Treasurer $8,950 annual plus $40,951.56 for Utility Clerk duties, Deputy Utility Clerk $35,433.84 annual.
Town Supervisor $145.11 bi-weekly, Street and Water Supervisor $2,020.55 bi-weekly.
Town Marshal $2,020.50 bi-weekly, Deputy Marshal $1,839.02 bi-weekly.
Wastewater Supervisor $2,020.50 bi-weekly.
Part-time Park Director $864.85 bi-weekly.
In other Council news:
• Approved Intergovernmental agreement for Smith Township to pay all utilities for use of the apparatus area of the existing Fire Station owned by the Town of Churubusco. Both parties agree that the reimbursement will end when the township moves its equipment to a new fire station.
• Accepted a quote from STAR Insurance in Churubusco naming PHP as the health insurance carrier starting in 2012 for a price of $8,163.29 per month. A competing quote from existing carrier Anthem was $10,838.42 per month.
• Placed Harold Norman as the Town Representative to the Library Board for a four year term.
The next regular scheduled Council meeting is on Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.

by Dave Crabill

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The Churubusco Town employees will receive a 2% salary hike for next year. The Council approved the 2012 salary ordinance with very little deliberation during their last meeting on Wednesday, December 7. They met on numerous occasions, in public budget workshops, to discuss the salary ordinance prior to the meeting and were well versed with the numbers.

Established salaries by the Council are as follows:

 
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