Carey pleased with campaign progress

CAREY – Superintendent Mark Vehre told Carey school board members he is ecstatic with the amount of support for the new school campaign.

Vehre shared his enthusiasm during Monday’s meeting. He said presentations given by community members are going well.

In other business, Vehre said after meeting with the village, a decision was made on the upkeep and care of the baseball diamond. The school district is to care for the diamond from March to May by mowing, dragging and lining the field.

High School Principal Peter Cole told the board about a new online software program to be used for summer school and credit recovery. The software is to be purchased from Odyssey Ware and will cost $5,000, which includes $2,000 for training and the remainder to be in a savings account through the company to be used for courses.

Cole said students needing summer school will pay $100 for 30 days of instruction and credit recovery fees will be $20 per unit.

The board accepted resignations from three longtime teachers. Jim Draper, elementary physical education teacher is to retire after 35 years of teaching at Carey. Bonnie Scherger, high school English teacher, plans to retire after 38 years of teaching in the district. And vocal music teacher Vivian Gery is retiring after 34 years of teaching, 30 of them at Carey.

The board also:

Approved an agreement with WATCH TV.

Approved a depository agreement with Commercial Savings Bank.

Accepted resignations from Pete DuMonte, eighth-grade boys’ basketball; Alyson Row, eighth-grade volleyball; and Mandy O’Flaherty, concession stand adviser.

Approved early graduation for two students contingent on fulfilling credit and course requirements.

The board moved into executive session to discuss teacher, non-teacher, superintendent and treasurer contracts.

The next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. April 8.