SYRACUSE — As it did last week, the Wawasee School Board held a special emergency meeting Tuesday morning, March 24, in Syracuse in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
Only one board member — board president Rebecca Linnemeier — was present while the other board members with the exception of Mary Lou Dixon participated by phone through teleconferencing as permitted by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order asking people stay at home.
Resolution 2020-002 was approved by the board and will allow for essential personnel actions to continue such as hiring employees or accepting resignations. Resolution 2002-003 was also approved and will allow claims to be received from local, state and national vendors and for those vendors to continue to be paid. Payroll items will also be allowed.
James Flecker, director of personnel and legal services for the Wawasee Community School Corporation, noted the resolutions were needed in the event the school board is not able to reconvene in April. If it is May or later when the board is able to meet again, claims and other actions will still be entered on the public record.
“This allows us to work virtually,” Flecker said, adding departments are coming in to the central office at different times throughout the week so everyone is not working at the same time.
Linnemeier also told the other board members Dr. Tom Edington, superintendent, will continue to keep everyone updated through email on any actions taken.
There was some brief discussion about the principal positions at Wawasee Middle School and Milford School. Susan Mishler, former principal of WMS, left in early February to begin working for Wildman Business Group and an interim principal is currently filling in at WMS.
At Milford School, Dr. Stephen Troyer, principal, will be replacing Joy Goshert, assistant superintendent, who is retiring in June.
It was noted the process to fill the two principal positions will continue as much as possible.