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INDIANA: Rougeaux named to coordinate instructional technology

by on March 14, 2014 10:55 AM

A versatile educator in the Indiana Area School District is set to take on a new position.

Having earlier served as a math teacher, assistant principal and principal, Holly Rougeaux will become the district’s coordinator of instructional cechnology, a position created in January.

The school district board of directors unanimously approved the appointment Monday.

Rougeaux has served as curriculum coordinator since August, and the transfer clears the way for the district to hire an assistant superintendent, Kirsch said.

Rougeaux would take over responsibilities of teacher Sandra Monsilovich, who will retire at the end of the school year as the IDEAL Program Facilitator.

IDEAL is Indiana Digital Education Academy for Learning, the district’s online education program that so far has been offered only to senior high students.

The district plans to expand the offerings to junior high students beginning in the fall, and the board in

January created the new administrative position to encompass IDEAL and other facets of technology in education.

“Holly pursued the technology position when this was opened,” Kirsch said. “This job will cover IDEAL plus technology K to 12 and work 12 months a year.”

Rougeaux worked as a software engineer before joining the Indiana faculty 19 years ago.

She will receive a salary of $95,000 for the new position. Her starting date was not set.

In other business Monday, the Indiana Area school board:

• Authorized the administration to negotiate a contract with McKissick Associates Architects, of Harrisburg, as the district’s architect-of-record.

Once a contract is arranged, McKissick would help to plan several building projects for the schools.

The district has four areas of work under consideration: a series of safety and security enhancements to internal doors and building entrances, improvements at the senior high school library, upgrading the senior high technical education rooms, and construction of an elevator in Horace Mann Elementary School.

“This is preliminary discussion of possible projects,” Superintendent Dale Kirsch said.

There was no discussion of costs or a timeline for any of the projects.

“We likely have more projects than we have funds for, so there will be a prioritization process.”

School board President Thomas Harley, an architect in Indiana, said he has no personal or professional relationship with McKissick, and only a passing familiarity with the company.

• Approved the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit general operating budget of $3 million for 2014-15, including the Indiana district’s share estimated at $156,320, about the same as 2013-14.

• Approved the Careers in Education Internship Program as a senior high elective course worth 1.5 credits per semester.

Academic Committee Chairman Brian Petersen said the program is designed for seniors planning to go into education or professions dealing with children.

In the course, they serve as teacher helpers, preparing and organizing class materials, grading student work and creating activities that teachers could include in their lesson plans.

Students can enroll in the in-house internship with a grade average of at least 3.0, proficiency in the Keystone exams, good discipline

and attendance records, and with a teacher’s recommendation.

Four students are enrolled in a pilot version of the program this year and have assisted 30 teachers, Peterson reported.

• Approved a reconfiguration of the music education program for 2014-15, allowing students to choose a combination of instrumental and vocal music courses, as available. Some classes would be taught Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 0.6 credit, others would be taught Tuesdays and Thursdays for 0.4 credit; students could match courses that fit their interests to fill their weeks.

• Hired Parker Surveying of Indiana to complete a stormwater management plan for the district’s maintenance building at a cost of $6,000.

The plan would allow the district to later pave the property.

• Approved attendance by elementary school teacher Natalie McKee at a professional development conference from March 20 to 27 in Las Vegas a cost to the district of $180 for a substitute.

• Eliminated three vacant housekeeper positions and authorized the administration to create and fill two custodian positions.

• Voted to support a summer reading program at Indiana Free Library by donating $1,000 each year that the program is offered.

• Voted to loan library books for a summer reading program at the YMCA of Indiana County at a cost of $600 for a district librarian to process books and to cover lost or damaged books.



Chauncey Ross is the Gazette’s fixture at Indiana Area and Homer-Center school board meetings, has been seen with pen and notepad in area police stations and courts, and is something of an Open Records Act and Sunshine Law advocate. He also manages the Gazette’s websites and answers your questions about them.
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