The Nettle Creek Schools board elected Shaun Lieberman as president, Dan Davis Jr., vice president, and Marcie Houghton, secretary, during its Jan. 10 meeting. Davis had been board president and Lieberman, vice president.

The board reappointed Amber Rushton as corporation treasurer and Ron Cross, attorney. The board conducts a reorganization meeting annually, as required by state law.

School officials recognized two student groups during the meeting.

During her Superintendent Spotlight, Emily Schaeffer highlighted accomplishments of the Hagerstown Jr.-Sr. High School Business Professionals of America members at the district contest in December. Five students will represent HJSHS at the 2024 BPA State Leadership Conference. Zoe Meek placed first in Digital Media Production. Morgan Williamson placed first in Payroll Accounting and fourth in Banking and Finance. Hazard Houghton, Zoe Meek and Charley Rinehart placed third in Presentation Team. Riley Gross placed fifth in Banking and Finance. BPA adviser is Beth Overfield. 

The HJSHS baseball program recently recognized teachers and staff members in a gift card giveaway. In mid-December, the team made a Facebook post asking for the community to comment with a teacher or staff member’s name and something nice to say about them. More than 100 comments nominated teachers and staff for their work. On Dec. 23, the baseball team went live on Facebook and drew over 20 different gift card winners.

Schaeffer also commended HJSHS senior Aubry Bell, who represented Wayne County in the Indiana State Fair Queen’s contest. Schaeffer said Bell is a great representation of Hagerstown High School, the 4-H program and the Wayne County community. 

The board also approved the following personnel actions.

Non-certified staff: Matt Gentry, HJSHS custodian; Sarah Coomer, HJSHS instructional assistant.

Extracurricular assignment: Jordan Randall, EL TOR.

The board’s next regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Hagerstown Elementary School LGI room, 299 N. Sycamore St. The public may attend.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 24 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Bob Hansen is a reporter for the Western Wayne News.