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Board updated on roof project


Today is the first day of school for the Indiana Area School District. Last night, the school board had a special meeting to bring on some new hires and receive an update on the roof work at the district schools.


One full-time and two part-time elementary teachers were hired recently to alleviate the pressures of large class sizes in the district. With relatively large class sizes at several schools and parents and teachers at a recent meeting calling for more teachers, the board had to decide who among the new hires would be teaching where.  Superintendent Dale Kirsch gave the district’s reasons for placing the teachers in the positions:  “The full-time position will be for Horace Mann second grade. Right now it has 25 and 24 kids. It will be divided over three teachers instead of two. The two part-time positions, one will be for Horace Mann kindergarten. Right now it has 23 and 22. We need a half-time teacher there. The other is for Eisenhower first grade. It has 21 and 21 but that was a class we had some challenges with last year in kindergarten.


The school board also approved the hiring of Holly Marusa as a secondary guidance counselor.


Roof work at Eisenhower Elementary, Ben Franklin Elementary and the senior high is almost complete. Board member Walter Schroth said the summer roof work was set back almost three weeks due to bad weather.

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