NEW BUFFALO — On May 16 New Buffalo High School seniors were presented with "Class of 2020 — ‘Virtually’ the greatest class of all time” signs (and had their pictures taken — see photos accompanying this article).
High School Principal Wayne Butler said on May 18 that district officials are planning for a graduation ceremony at the end of July or early August depending on what restrictions have to be followed.
The New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education on May 11 (meeting via the Zoom app) agreed to hire two new teachers while accepting the resignation of one instructor.
Welcomed to the district (pending background approval) were:
• Carly Bullard in the secondary biological teaching position.
A 2018 graduate of Texas A&M, Bullard taught in Taiwan for one year. She resides in Michigan City, Ind.
• Lauren Lancioni as a first-grade teacher at New Buffalo Elementary.
A recent graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, Lancioni earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and resides in Michiana Shores, Ind.
Superintendent Dr. Jeff Leslie said Lancioni got rave reviews from her supervising teacher.
“We’re really looking forward to having her at New Buffalo.
First-grader teacher Kylie Olson submitted a letter of resignation effective at the end of the current school year (she has taught in New Buffalo for three years).
Also on May 11, Leslie said the millage for Middle/High School building is officially paid off as of May 1.
“The homeowners in the New Buffalo Area Schools will no longer see that on their property tax bills,” he said. “I know we talked about having a mortgage-burning party, but I don’t know how we’re going to do that during the current climate.”
Leslie said the district was now four weeks into remote learning, and he noted that teachers, food service workers and support staff are all working hard.
“I knew at the beginning the more we do this the better we’re going to get … I just hear a lot of good things about what our staff is doing.”
In other May 11 New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education action:
• Leslie reported that the coronavirus situation has forced the cancellation of Summer Day Camp for 2020.
• Leslie said construction on security upgrades at the Elementary School were scheduled to begin May 18.
• The Board of Education approved the following 2020-2021 handbooks — Athletic, Elementary, Middle School and High School.