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Tuesday evening, the Northeast Dubois School Board recognized Ruth Leistner as she was recognized as Treasurer of the Year for Region 9 by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO).

The board continued as they discussed the approval of agreements, contract, and resources for 2016-2017.

Among the topics approved was the Lost River Vocational Agreement with Springs Valley for the coming year. The agreement allows students at Northeast Dubois to attend vocational classes that include hands on experience.From Dubois district, around 3 to 5 students are sent to these classes who currently are showing interest in the heavy machinery program.

In years past, there was participation in culinary classes but the district now offers that option.

Also approved last night was policy changes that were submitted to the board prior to the meeting regarding changes in the regulation of overtime.

These changes come from federal law, Fair Labor Standards Act law, that sets minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, record keeping, and child-labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers.

The recent changes to the governing rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act law requires all employers to address rules regarding weekly work hours of employees.

For the Northeast Dubois School Corporation the notice is for hourly employees which include areas such as only working board approved daily hours, filling a time sheet, banking of time, and overtime authorized only be a supervisor.

The overtime regulation changes are effective July 1, 2016.

In other business last night, Elementary, middle, and high school administrators submitted textbook adoption lists to the board for consideration. The board discussed the use of technology and textbook use with principals on hand at last night night’s meeting.

Dubois & Celestine Elementary Principal, Brenda Ferguson, further explains the types of textbooks that have been chosen and how they’ll coexists with technology.

Ferguson also talks about on how the implementation of technology use with having textbook material on the students I-pads, allows a range of accessibility in the event of missing class or being able to review material that was discussed in class at the touch of a button.

Ferguson notes that the materials can serve as a valued resource for parents to be more involved in their students academics by having access to the material through technology.

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