North approves Bratton summer trips for students


LINDEN ­— North Montgomery students can now experience the joy of travel through the annual Bratton Adventures summer program.

The program gives students opportunities to take educational trips at a reduced cost. The trips were approved Monday by the North Montgomery School Board.

The program is named after Private William Bratton who was a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and later became the first education leader in Wayne Township. Bratton is buried in Waynetown’s Pioneer Cemetery.

The first trip will be for elementary students on May 29 to Conner Prairie for $13.

On June 1, all grades are invited to attend a production of The Wizard of Oz at Beef and Boards Dinner Theater in Indianapolis. Cost is $55.50.

The Newfields Art Museum and the Virginia B. Fairfields Art & Nature Park in Indianapolis will be destinations for middle schoolers on June 4. Cost is $11.

The Science and Industry Museum in Chicago will be the destination for high school students on June 5. Cost is $23.

Elementary and middle school students can visit the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point on June 24. The cost is $6 for elementary students and $11 for middle school students.

For $3, middle school students can visit Indiana Dunes State Park on June 25.

Elementary students can participate June 16-20 Science Camp and Columbian Zoo Safari Day. Students participate with STEM activities with high school science teachers and will conclude the week with a trip to the zoo. The cost is $11.

In other business, the board approved spending $600,000 for the cost of soccer field lights and bleachers along with asphalt overlay work on the high school and middle school parking lots and driveways. Work is expected to be completed this summer. Rainy Day funds are paying for the projects.

In personnel matters, the board approved several new hires for next school year, including: Trizton Carson, middle school STEM project based learning teacher; Brittany Eavey, middle school homebound instructor; Justin Snider, middle school physical education teacher; Stace Duncan, middle school homebound instructor; Nathaniel Hedrick, middle school English teacher; Carrigan Zaugg, high school social studies teacher; Lacey Horton, high school homebound instructor; Sean Todd, middle school social studies; Korey Bucher, middle school English teacher; and Jennifer Duncan, as middle school special education instructional assistant.

The board accepted the following resignations: Michael Myers, high school social studies teacher; Matthew Ortman, high school math teacher; Jennifer Shadle and Kylie McFarland, middle school social studies teachers; and middle school English teachers, DeDe Groves and Shannon Furr.

In other personnel matters, the board approved Ben Moore as the interim middle school principal, effective July 1; and Jim McBee as a business support consultant after his retirement in May.