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May 15th, 2014
North Adams Community Schools will create a communications position to help project a positive image of the school district and its students’ accomplishments. The announcement of the new position came at Tuesday’s monthly board of education meeting.
Bellmont Middle School students were educated by the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation Wednesday during the annual SPLASH Day event. SPLASH is an acronym for Soil, Plants, Land, Air, animalS and H2O (water). Students went from station to station investigating those areas of education. Stations included milking a cow, learning the difference between soybeans and corn, finding locations via navigation systems, learning about worms, water, soil, bio-technology and air.
Photo by Ashley Thieme
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Adams Central High School students will use a 4.0 grading scale system rather than the 12.0 system in place for several years.
The board of education voted Tuesday evening to switch to the more commonly used 4.0 scale in an effort to be more aligned with other area schools and colleges, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lori Richmond.
North Adams Community Schools Superintendent Brent Lehman announced during Tuesday evening’s board of education meeting that staffing cuts for the 2014-15 school year will be fewer than originally estimated.
With many retirements and other staffing changes, only one teaching job — a music education position currently held by Ric Geist — will be eliminated.
Brian Lamm, president of the Indiana Veterans Service Officers and DeKalb County VSO, addressed the Adams County Council on behalf of Adams County Veterans Service Officer Ron Bollenbacher at the council’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday morning in the Service Complex.
Lamm spoke on the importance of the position for veterans in Adams County and urged council to consider increasing Bollenbacher’s hours and pay commensurate with his duties and functions in the office.
Several new, but familiar, faces will be seen at Adams Central next year after the board of education decided on a variety of personnel issues during Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Joel Reinhard was hired as the new high school/middle school social studies teacher after filling the position this past school year while the previous teacher was on maternity leave.
For the second time in less than a week, Adams County officials Monday evening invited the public to be part of the conversation surrounding a proposed new county jail and superior court complex tentatively planned for downtown Decatur.
A new state law intended to promote Indiana farmers was one of many things touched on by Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, during the May Chamber of Commerce luncheon held Monday afternoon at Woodcrest.
Lehman said he was inspired to write the bill after visiting a restaurant in Vermont that touted using only local produce in their meals.
Adams County Highway Department Superintendent Mark Mitchel announced his pending retirement at the regular weekly meeting of the Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon.
“After a lot of consideration and discussions with my wife, I have decided I will be retiring in August,” Mitchel stated to commissioners. A large part of the decision to end his career with the county highway department was determined by the severity of the past winter season.
Approximately 50 motorcyclists took part Saturday in the “Ride 4 the Fallen,” a tribute to the 149 Hoosier service men and women who have died in military conflicts since Operation Desert Storm. The group left Huntington Saturday morning and made stops at South Adams and Bellmont High Schools before ending their day at the Veterans Shrine in Huntington. Many of the bikes features pictures of those military personnel who lost their lives.
Photos by Mike Lamm