BUTLER — Butler’s youth baseball, softball and football leagues will make their new homes at the Butler Elementary School site.
DeKalb Eastern Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Stephens revealed the arrangement at Monday night’s school board meeting.
The school district previously had announced that youth football would move to the school property this fall.
Stephens said the three sports leagues have agreed to combine their efforts. They will begin fundraising to build storage, restrooms and concessions structures on the east side of the school.
In addition to allowing the youth leagues to use the grounds at Butler Elementary School, the school district may assist with infrastructure. The school district will provide a restroom building for the football league this fall.
The leagues will continue to use Butler’s parks, “but they will not be primary, they will be secondary,” for practices and tournaments, Stephens said.
Shane Conwell will become the chief financial officer for DeKalb Eastern Schools on a permanent basis, under a contract approved by the school board Monday night.
In February, Conwell had been appointed as chief financial officer for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year.
A two-year contract approved Monday will pay Conwell an annual salary of $88,363 for his new duties.
Conwell joined the staff at Eastside Junior-Senior High School in 2012 to teach health and physical education and coach varsity girls basketball. He moved to the school’s guidance staff for the 2016-2017 school year and became assistant principal in June 2017.
All other administrators received new two-year contracts, except for Superintendent Jeffrey Stephens, who received a three-year renewal that is standard for Indiana superintendents.
Pay raises for administrators will be decided after salary negotiations for teachers are completed later this summer, Stephens said.
The board approved 2 percent pay raises for all non-teaching employees, effective July 1. Stephens said the 2 percent increase is similar to what he expects for teachers.
Also Monday, the school board passed an increase of 10 cents for all breakfast and lunch prices, due to increases in food and labor costs.
New prices for elementary students will be — breakfast $1.45, lunch $2.20; for junior and senior high students — breakfast $1.45, lunch $2.30; and for adults — breakfast $1.75, lunch $3.30.
Textbook rental fees for Eastside Junior-Senior High School will be $150 for grades 7-8, $180 for grades 9-12.
Elementary school workbook and supply fees will be $30 for all grades.
The board approved a new policy for student makeup work. It reads: “The deadline for makeup work assigned during the absence is determined by each teacher, who should allow at least one day for each day of absence.”
Another policy change says school personnel will not administer to students any medicinal products that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, such as herbal dietary products, medications purchased in foreign countries, nontraditional preparations such as vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies and essential oils.
The board increased bereavement leaves from five days to 10 days for loss of a spouse, child or stepchild. Defending the change, Stephens said five days is a brief span of time to get back to a work environment after such an event.
The board accepted resignations from:
• Patsy DePew, a Butler Elementary resource teacher, who is leaving for a job with DeKalb Central Schools;
• Brandon Wilder, technology support; and
• Northeast Indiana Special Education Cooperative teachers Julia Schwyn, Megan Rumple and Jaclyn Lockwood; and Impact Institute staff member Deborah Smith.