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Bremen School Board Meeting - 10/21/14

by Amy Wenger on October 22, 2014

     Staff members and students at Bremen High School have been actively participating in a number of drills to correlate with "School Safety Week," which is a national observance and execution of campus emergency procedures taking place this week, October 19-25.

     BHS principal Bruce Jennings shared the progress of these ongoing drills during a session of the Bremen Public Schools Board of Trustees held on Tuesday, October 21.  Jennings told the board that everyone's participation and diligence has been exceptional, and he commended the students for employing an attitude of maturity and using the knowledge that they had learned to react effectively and promptly.

     Jennings also informed the board that the school actually had two recent situations come about in which those practices had to be utilized.  Smoke was discovered in one of the locker rooms at the start of the school day, the cause of which was traced to possible faulty wiring in a fan.  In a separate incident which occurred on a weekend afternoon, a frayed cord on a vending machine yielded alarms.

     No damage was reported in either of those circumstances.  Among the disaster drills that Jennings noted to the board about were active shooter, earthquake, fire, and severe weather situations.

     In a continuance of his principal's report, Jennings mentioned several school events both past and upcoming, as well as student achievements.  On October 10, a special reception honoring the 1989 state championship Bremen Lions football team was held in Bowen Auditorium.  On October 18, the special education staff members attened a "Champions Together" Unified Track Meet workshop at South Bend Clay High School, to make preparations for another season.  And on Wednesday, October 22, members of the senior class gathered at Frog Hill in Sunnyside Park for a portrait.

     A reminder was issued as well, that Bremen High School will not be in session on Friday, October 24, to recognize the district's Fall Vacation.  The Fall Break holiday for Bremen Elementary-Middle School takes place on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24.  On Friday evening, sectional action begins for football, with Prairie Heights visiting Bremen at 7 p.m.  Sectional play for the volleyball program begins the following day, on Saturday, October 25, as the players travel to Central Noble High School for a full day of matches.

     Classes will be shortened to 45 minutes each at the high school level on Wednesday, October 29 as students will be participating in a convocation.  During that time, faculty members will be receiving in-service training for Technology Integration by Mrs. Mindi Slone.

     Several members of the BHS Cross-Country team qualified for the IHSAA Regional held in Elkhart on October 18, including Brooke Bahr, Ellen Fox, Emma Hundt, Kris Wickens, Brian Starcevich, and C.J. Thornton.  Also recognized for exemplary achievement were members of the 15th annual High School All-District Honor Band.  Representatives from Bremen are Lorinda Kline on flute, Jessica Hughes on alto saxophone, and Nicholas Bailey and Brooke Kertai, both on baritone.  They will perform at Kankakee Valley High School on Sunday, November 16.  The Emerald Alliance Marching Band also turned in a stellar performance at the Chesterton High School regional tournament on October 18, and the BHS Spell Bowl competitors will be in competition at John Glenn High School on Monday, November 3.

     In other business matters, the board approved the adoption of the 2015 budget, Capital Projects Plan and Bus Replacement Plan.  They also affirmed a measure to adopt a neutrality resolution for Pension Debt, along with another resolution reducing appropriations for 2014.

     The rate for bus rental fees was clarified, and although the charge remains unchanged, it was stated for the record as a matter of inclusion for future documentation, should the issue be raised with future organizations.  For both large and small capacity vehicles, the price will be $1 per mile.

     Members of the board also approved a small number of staffing changes, including the following:

     - Kim Schied, Lunchroom Assistant

New Contracts
     - Lisa Hochstetler, Special Education Assistant
     - TJ Bayer, 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach
     - Viki Cullen, High School Girls Assistant Basketball Coach
     - Matt Gilley, High School Assistant Swimming/Diving Coach
     - Greg Miller, High School Assistant Swimming Coach

Leave of Absence
     - Shayna Overmyer - January 12, 2015 to February 23, 2015

     - Scot Moren, 6th Grade Boys Basketball
     - Rob Coffel, 7th Grade Girls Basketball

     The next meeting of the Bremen Public Schools Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, November 4 in the Bremen High School Media Center.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.


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