Superintendent Ben Chaffee Jr. told the board Monday he has a five-year plan to pay for the full-time position at $35,000 annually through student wellness funds, but he hopes to keep the position beyond that time frame because he sees a need in the district.
In partnership with Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Mitchell will serve pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade student-health needs, according to the district website. She lives in New London with her husband and three elementary-age children.
Also, Chaffee told board members he thinks the district is “not offering the best opportunities” for students who are going straight into the workforce after graduation. The superintendent said South Central should get freshmen and sophomores excited about the possibilities and then possibly guide them into EHOVE Career Center programs, without duplicating what the vocational school offers.
In the future, Chaffee said he wants to see the district offer a LEGO robotics course as part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum, a Maker Space class that can be individualized for students’ interests, Microsoft Office certification and career pathway training.
In other action, the board:
• Approved a full-time technology and business teacher for South Central High School in addition to the 2020-2021 high-school curriculum guide. The new position will give the district a total of three technology and business educators.
• Heard the district received its new handicapped-accessible school bus Dec. 31. It was ordered in June.
• Learned from treasurer Christina Warrick that the general fund balance is “running at $4 million.”
• Accepted the following donations: Almost $304 for the Bed Battalion and $265 for the theater department in memory of Gregory H. McDonald. South Central and New London FFA students have made beds for Huron County children who need them. The recipients received a bed frame, inner-spring mattress, comforter set and pillows.
McDonald died Dec. 21 at the age of 69. He spent his entire 35-year teaching career at South Central. The 1968 graduate of Norwalk High School was the organist and choir director at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for almost 50 years.
Also, the board elected Tom Lucha as president and John Whitwright as vice president. Warrick swore in both men plus Don Englet and the newest board member, Jason Putt, during the organizational meeting Monday. They join Bryan Hamman.
The South Central school board meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the SCHS library. The exceptions are meetings scheduled for Feb. 10, June 29 and Aug. 31.