Saturday Farmers’ Market Continues In Crothersville

The Crothersville Parks Board will be hosting a Farmer’s Market/Flea Market each Saturday until interest or produce wanes at 101 W Howard Street (site of the old Town Hall). The market will be open from 9 am until noon each Saturday. Vendors may arrive to set up at 8 am.
Vendors will supply their own tables/canopies and will be responsible for clean up.
There are specific county and state regulations for those wanting to sell baked goods or eggs, we can get the specifics to you if you wish to sell either.
Spaces are free, but donations to the Parks are always appreciated. If anyone is interested in setting up or has questions please feel free to message us on our Facebook page, Crothersville Community Park or call 812-390-8217.

Indiana Chamber Study: Merging Small School Districts Could Improve Test Scores

Hoosier school districts with fewer than 2,000 students should consider merging with another small district to reap better test scores, according to a study released last Tuesday.

“Students in small school corporations in Indiana, which comprise 20 percent of total statewide enrollment, are academically disadvantaged,” said Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Consolidation of districts could reduce administrative costs and improve SAT scores, Advanced Placement passing rates, eighth-grade ISTEP scores and passing rates for end-of-course assessments in algebra and biology, the study found.

“Smaller schools have meaningfully worse outcomes in standardized tests and the college preparatory elements — the SAT, the ACT and the AP pass-rate — particularly in mathematics and sciences than do larger schools,” said Michael Hicks, director of the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research.

The study, commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was conducted by Ball State’s CBER.

In 2014, 154 of Indiana’s 289 schools corporations had enrollments of fewer than 2,000 students. Of the smaller school corporations, 94 percent were contiguous with another small district.

The enrollment figure of 2,000 was chosen for the study because it has been identified in previous studies as the minimum number for efficiency.

Small districts that increase their enrollment to around 2,000 could experience an increase in the average student’s performance on SAT of 20.5 points and a 14.9 percent increase in students passing AP exams.

A district merger could also yield a 5 percent point increase in eighth-grade ISTEP pass rate and an additional 4 percentage point increased in end-of-course assessments in algebra and biology.

The size of a district, however, did not impact the passing rate for fourth-grade ISTEP or 10th-grade end-of-course assessments in English, Hicks said.

A district with more than 50,000 students, however, becomes problematic, Hicks said. Indiana’s largest districts include Indianapolis Public Schools at 30,000 students, South Bend Community Schools at 19,300 and Vigo County Schools at 15,400. The smallest districts include Union School Corporation in Randolph County at about 336 and Medora Community Schools in Jackson County at 205.

Enrollment declines have been seen in numerous districts, knocking some like Decatur County Community Schools and Brown County Schools closer to the 2,000-student mark.

Enrollment declines are due primarily to population shifts to urban centers and the loss of manufacturing jobs among other factors, Hicks said.

In Indiana, 85 school districts had enrollment declines of 100 or more from 2006 to 2014, the study found.

“They’re not going to grow their way out of this problem. It’s only going to get worse,” Brinegar said.

Brinegar applauded action by the recent Indiana General Assembly that provided consolidating school districts with a one-time incentive of $250 per student. The grant can go towards the professional fees associated with the consolidation or for teacher stipends.

Crothersville Superintendent Disagrees With Chamber Report

However, Crothersville Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Goodin doesn’t share the view that larger schools produce better students. “The push against small schools is now mainstream as statewide there is movement toward consolidation of small schools with larger ones,” said Goodin, who is also a State Representative.

The state Chamber of Commerce believes businesses must be innovative to remain viable, he said.

“Here at Crothersville we are following the Chamber of Commerce’s lead in our business of educating our students by being innovative,” said the local school leader.

He points out that Crothersville has some advantages that some of the state’s other small schools do not.

“Crothersville is ahead of the curve on an important educational argument,” he said. “Our partnerships with Ivy Tech, Austin High School and Southwestern High School provides us the best of both worlds: access to more academic programs in a small school setting.”

As long as we can continue to be innovative there should be no word or need to consolidate, Goodin said.

 

Scott L. Miley, CNHI Statehouse Bureau, contributed to this story.

 

Crothersville School Salaries, Wages Paid

The following salaries and wages were paid to certified, administrative, support staff, extra-curricular and hourly personnel at Crothersville Community Schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
Other school spending and income can be found in the corporation’s annual financial report found on page 3 of the print edition of the Times and the Public Notice section of the on-line edition.

Administrative
Terry Goodin, $132,435; Andrew Markel, $71,631; Chris Marshall, $91,687; David Schill, $99,011.

Certified Instructional
Linda Begley, $66.008; Carl Bowman, $67,652; Ryan Canada, $47,260; Tim Crane, $49,341; Madeleine DiBlasi, $34,159; Kara Hunt, $41,823; Cassondra Kelly, $43,624; Kristina Kilgore, $56,279; Karra Lucas, $34,159; Sharon Markel, $45,825; Rhonda McCammon, $38,220; Rachel Neal, $42,521; Cheryl Nehrt, $43,636; Matthew Otte, $35,930; Delcie Pace, $35,218; Amie Peacock, $52,387; Aimee Rigsby, $37,505; Tammy Robbins, $37,505; Adam Robinson, $46,138; Lamonie Sanders, $52,909; Kourtney Settle, $32,091; Andrew Smith, $39,976; Ashley Spicer, $40,365; Holly Sweany, $60,921; Amanda Wilp, $34,865; Kyle Wilp, $ 40, 019; Jeanette Yoder, $38,918.

Maintenance
Daryl Elliott, $46,158.00

Office Staff
Ginger Fisher, $17,764.49; Sara Hillenburg, $29,456.46; Angie Keasler, $23,932; Annette King, 30,083.27; Terry Richey. $42,438.

Hourly
Judy Brown, $10.50; Rena Clem, $13.40; Marsha Collman, $9.50; Amie Cottingham. $12.25; Sandy Cottingham, $13.40; Julia Doyle, $13.88; Terri Eldridge, $12.25; Sherry Harris, $13.40; Connie Hoskins, $12.45; Mary Jo Isenhower, $11.40; Greg Kilgore, $11.00; Eunice Lacey, $16.23; Sandy Law, $14.50, Deanna Lucas, $9.50; Megan Lucas, $10.50; Robin Nehrt, $11.00; Christie Schill, $9.50; Jean Stark, $16.23; Renita Waldon, $12.90.

Non-Certified Extra Curricular
Greg Kilgore, $16,203; Bobby Riley, $2,485.50; Kelly Spicer, $1,358.25; Eric Hilton, 614.25; John Riley, $1,196.25; Kevin Hensley, $5,295.75; Chris Mains, $2,485.50; James Caudill, $1,358.25; Todd Adair, $1,358.25; Lea Ann Boicourt, $388.50, Erika Land, $388.50; Lori Reynolds, $1,309.50; Jared Richey, $2,485.50; Dustin Lewis, $999.75; Brian Huey, $2,485.50; Robert Davidson, $999.75; Marc Bowman, $999.75; Angie Keasler, $1,959; Amber Jones, $711.75; Mary Jo Isenhower, $710; Valerie Mains, $1,032.75; Kistian Reynolds, $1,032.75; Georgianna Elliott, $1,194.75; Becky Sawyer, $532.50; Kathie Rose, $532.50; Brandy Henry, $532.50; Josie Spangler, $532.50; Missy Clouse; $159.75; Sabrina Hall, $532.50

Crothersville Library Closed For Maintenance Issues

In a brief new release issued Friday afternoon, Jackson County Library Director Julia Aker said that the “due to maintenance issues, the Jackson County Public Library is closed until further notice in Crothersville.”
No further details were made available.
Aker said local library customers may use the Seymour or Medora libraries during the closure until the maintenance issues are resolved.

Traffic Congestion Starting Tomorrow With US 31 Chip Sealing From Seymour To Austin

Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will chip seal 28 lane miles of U.S. Highway 31 between Seymour and Austin (weather permitting) on July 27 and 31, and August 1.
Starting tomorrow (July 27), the north-south highway will close at the U.S. 50 intersection at Seymour while crews apply surface treatment. Operations will progress southward toward State Road 256 at Austin with flaggers directing traffic around moving worksites.
Next Monday and Tuesday, chip seal activities will continue on U.S. 31 between U.S. 50 and Industrial Parkway at Austin.
No application will be made through Crothersville.
The U.S. 31 chip seal will coat the highway’s surface with liquid asphalt sealing pavement cracks and protecting the roadbed from harmful ultraviolet rays. Small chips of limestone will be used to “choke” the asphalt’s fluidity and minimize adhesion to tires. These aggregate chips also restore surface friction— optimizing maneuverability and stopping capabilities.
Chip seal applications are highly cost-effective as a pavement preservation measure, INDOT officials said.  Every $1 spent saves $6 to $14 in subsequent expenditures.