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North schools OK 2016-17 calendar

LINDEN — The last day of school for the 2016-2017 school year will be May 24, 2017.

The North Montgomery Board of School Trustees approved the 2016-2017 school calendar Monday at the board’s September meeting.

The calendar, similar to ones passed by Crawfordsville and South Montgomery schools, comes on the heels of a school calendar survey put on by all three school districts.

The school board first discussed the 2016-2017 calendar last month. North Montgomery Superintendent Dr. Colleen Moran told the board that the only change to the calendar from last month was the last day of school. She joked with them that the version she had in her hands have all 180 school days numbered.

Board member Karin Kerber Odle asked if the fall and spring breaks are in line with the other two school districts in the county. Moran told the board that they were.

In other business, the board held a public hearing for the 2016 budget. School Board President Dick VanArsdel said that the purpose of the hearing was to give the public a chance to provide comment on the budget, the 2016 bus replacement plan and the 2016 capital projects plan. No one from the public spoke.

The board approved the resignations of Paula Greene, technology assistant at Pleasant Hill Elementary; Lori Brady, para educator at Northridge Middle School; and Linda Lyon, food service worker at Northridge Middle School.

The board approved leaves of absence for Melissa Dharma, Elise Israel, Carmen Bacon and Nick Wilson.

The board approved hiring Sue Amstutz, nurse at Pleasant Hill Elementary; Kristy Zachary, cafeteria monitor at Sugar Creek; Vicky Oliver and Heidi Alspaugh, cafeteria monitors at Sommer Elementary; Cherlyn Hunter, temporary instructional coach at Sommer Elementary; Joseph Tylenda, temporary counselor at Northridge Middle School; Alicia Mister, custodian at North Montgomery High School; Andrew Hayward, substitute bus driver for the school district; Linda Fultz, substitute food service worker for the school district.

The board approved extra curricular contracts for Megan Birk, high school musical choreographer; Carmen Bacon, assistant girls varsity basketball coach; Amanda Clark, Pleasant Hill academic team; Lisa Cosby, art show; Annalee Traeger, choreographer for the high school; Makenzie Truesdel, cheerleading; Kathryn Stwalley, high school student council; Bill Warren, assistant varsity wrestling coach; Shannon Joyce, Northridge boys tennis coach; John Walker, varsity girls swim coach; Pete Osterman, ICE coordinator; Brittani Hood, girls basketball assistant coach; Nicole Stigall, high school Math Bowl; Carrie Bilodeau, assistant girls swim coach; Karey Verduin, high school cheerleading; Alyce Myers, high school student council; and Maurice Swain, varsity wrestling coach.

County approves voting centers

Montgomery County Commissioners approved the switch from precinct voting to voting centers on Monday.

“I would like to thank the commissioners for approving vote centers,” said League of Women Voters President Karen Patton. “We’ve been working on this for a long time. We believe that it will be a much more effective way of running an election as well as show cost savings to the county.”

 

The county has previously had 19 polling centers with 135 poll workers for the 27 precincts, and voters were required to vote at certain precincts. With voting centers, voters can vote at whichever center is most convenient for them. The county will have 10 poll workers for each of the five voting centers at locations that are still being determined.

The county still plans to have early voting at the courthouse. For voters who do not go near the new locations, the plan is to have satellite voting at various places during the two weeks before election.

“There is nothing more important to our democracy than voting,” said LWV member Sheridan Hadley. “Will vote centers increase the number of voters going to the polls? Research does not show vote centers alone will do that. However, we believe vote centers, combined with continuation of early voting at the

courthouse and additional early voting opportunities in small towns, will increase voter convenience.”

The next step is for the Montgomery County Council to approve the purchase of 50 new voting machines at its Oct. 13 meeting. Montgomery County Clerk Jennifer Bentley has been asking for new voting machines for a long time because the county’s current machines, which were purchased in 1988, are too old to rely on. The

county has no extra machines if any break down in the upcoming election, and replacement parts are becoming more difficult to find.

Bentley said the purchase of the election equipment will not increase the budget by much considering how much the county will save by switching to voting centers. In previous meetings, Bentley has shared that the county could save up to $50,000 by using voting centers.

Commissioners decided they will consider leasing options for county vehicles. The county currently purchases all of its vehicles, including department vehicles, and pays for repairs. Last year, the county spent around $25,000 repairing its highway vehicles. With a fleet management program, the county could lease some or all of its vehicles, and the company would provide management and maintenance services.

Commission President Phil Bane said leasing county vehicles would centralize purchasing rather than having each department purchase their own.

Commissioners also approved sending out notices that bids will be accepted for the county farm. There will be a minimum bid of $250 per acre, and the final agreement will be for two years. They also passed Ordinance 2015-16 to accept Logan Road as a county road.

Mentors willing to make a difference

For the next several weeks, the Journal Review will bring its readers stories of children in the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau’s Juvenile Mentoring Program who are awaiting a mentor. All names and some situational details have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the child. Every child mentioned is part of a growing waiting list of children who wish and need a mentor. If you believe mentoring is for you, call Jill Hampton or email her at 362-0694, ext. 12 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Mentors come from all walks of life. The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau’s Juvenile Mentoring Program has a diverse selection of mentors. Some mentors are retired, some are young professionals, some are married with young children and some are empty-nesters. The main requirement for someone wishing to mentor is willingness to be a difference in a child’s life. 

The process to becoming a mentor includes a written application, three character references, a sit-down interview with program staff, an FBI and local criminal history background check, a driving records check and a volunteer training which teaches you how to be an effective mentor. After the mentor finishes with the process, he or she is matched with a youth who has similar interests. The program asks that the mentor meets with the child at least nine hours a month for a year. Several matches choose to meet past that year mark. 

Being a mentor is simple, and it can help change the course of a youth’s life significantly, said Program Manager Jill Hampton. 

One of the youth waiting for a mentor is Paul. Paul is an 8-year-old boy who lives in a single-parent home. He loves being outdoors, swimming, fishing, camping, as well as doing art and craft projects.

Paul is an outgoing child who is interested in pretty much everything. He enjoys playing the drums and collecting rocks and crystals. Paul’s parent reports that he is funny and active, and he does well in school, has great attendance and doesn’t get into trouble. His parent said Paul needs a mentor because the other parent is not involved in his life and Paul is in need of a positive, male role-model. Paul wants a mentor because it would be someone to do fun things with.

“After interviewing Paul, I felt that he was very easy to talk to, with a great personality,” Hampton said. “His interests are so varied that I feel he would be a compatible mentee for any potential mentor.” 

If you believe mentoring Paul is something you would like to do, contact Hampton at 765-362-0694, ext. 12. She can tell you the next steps you need to take. 

The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau is a MUFFY Partner Agency.

Mentors willing to make a differenc

For the next several weeks, the Journal Review will bring its readers stories of children in the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau’s Juvenile Mentoring Program who are awaiting a mentor. All names and some situational details have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the child. Every child mentioned is part of a growing waiting list of children who wish and need a mentor. If you believe mentoring is for you, call Jill Hampton or email her at 362-0694, ext. 12 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Mentors come from all walks of life. The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau’s Juvenile Mentoring Program has a diverse selection of mentors. Some mentors are retired, some are young professionals, some are married with young children and some are empty-nesters. The main requirement for someone wishing to mentor is willingness to be a difference in a child’s life. 

The process to becoming a mentor includes a written application, three character references, a sit-down interview with program staff, an FBI and local criminal history background check, a driving records check and a volunteer training which teaches you how to be an effective mentor. After the mentor finishes with the process, he or she is matched with a youth who has similar interests. The program asks that the mentor meets with the child at least nine hours a month for a year. Several matches choose to meet past that year mark. 

Being a mentor is simple, and it can help change the course of a youth’s life significantly, said Program Manager Jill Hampton. 

One of the youth waiting for a mentor is Paul. Paul is an 8-year-old boy who lives in a single-parent home. He loves being outdoors, swimming, fishing, camping, as well as doing art and craft projects.

Paul is an outgoing child who is interested in pretty much everything. He enjoys playing the drums and collecting rocks and crystals. Paul’s parent reports that he is funny and active, and he does well in school, has great attendance and doesn’t get into trouble. His parent said Paul needs a mentor because the other parent is not involved in his life and Paul is in need of a positive, male role-model. Paul wants a mentor because it would be someone to do fun things with.

“After interviewing Paul, I felt that he was very easy to talk to, with a great personality,” Hampton said. “His interests are so varied that I feel he would be a compatible mentee for any potential mentor.” 

If you believe mentoring Paul is something you would like to do, contact Hampton at 765-362-0694, ext. 12. She can tell you the next steps you need to take. 

The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau is a MUFFY Partner Agency.

Church bazaar set for Saturday

No one associated with St. Bernards Catholic Church today knows exactly why there was a bazaar in 1866, but they do know that Saturday’s Fall Bazaar and Hog Roast will be the 149th consecutive similar event. 

The bazaar, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., raises funds for church activities and community organizations. The local event is believed to be the longest running fundraising event in the county. 

 

“We do not know why the church had the first bazaar,” church member Ron Hess said. “Maybe it was to help Civil War veterans or just help community members. We just don’t know, but the fact our bazaar started 149 years ago and we still have it today is really amazing.”

Hess said the importance of the bazaar is to help serve those in need.

“We will donate 30 percent of the proceeds to community organizations that help people,” he said. “We will give donations to HUB Ministries, FISH Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army.”

The day-long event if full of family-friendly activities.

There will be children’s games and craft vendors as well as a bake sale. There also be Texas Hold’em, a corn hole tournament with a cash prize and Bingo. Raffle tickets will be sold for cash prizes and a quilt. Raffle ticket cash prizes include $2,500, $1,000 and $500 to lucky ticket holders.

There will be a silent auction and a casino with a beer and wine garden. 

Live entertainment will perform 5:30-8 p.m.

The hog roast will begin serving at 11 a.m. and continue through dinner.

“We hope Crawfordsville will come out for a good time and help support the bazaar,” Hess said.

The church is located at 1306 E. Main St. For more information, call 362-6121.