Nearly two dozen high school students made a big difference at a job fair and the organizer’s appreciation for them became the subject of a superintendent spotlight during the Nov. 8 Nettle Creek Schools board meeting.

In a letter to Emily Schaeffer, school superintendent, Brian K. Rea, a disabled veteran outreach program specialist in the Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program, said 23 National Honor Society members and two faculty from Hagerstown Jr.-Sr. High School helped conduct the Eastern Indiana Veterans Resource Fair and Hiring Event on Oct. 19.

“The students were assigned to several different tasks that included greeting vendors/Veterans, photographing the event, conducting exit surveys, and manning booths,” Rea wrote. “The students also assisted with the tear down of tables and chairs after the event. Each student was professional in appearance and in the execution of their assigned job. We also had several vendors and Veterans give us positive feedback on how the students conducted themselves.”

During the meeting, the board approved a new contract with the Nettle Creek Classroom Teachers Association. The board had reviewed contract terms on Nov. 1. It includes a 7% raise for certified staff, with the yearly salary for beginning teachers increasing to $45,000, from $42,000. Administrators and support staff will get 7% raises.

The board also approved 15% raises for coaching and extracurricular positions.

Personnel matters approved by the board are listed.

Non-certified staff hirings: Allison Ullery and Samantha Stainbrook, on-call substitute teachers; Haylie Haskett, HJSHS instructional assistant; Meghan Kendall, substitute bus driver.

Retirement: Mike Clark, HJSHS head custodian.

Departure: Brittany Martin, part-time custodian.

Extracurricular activities: Dave Muse: 5th grade boys basketball.

The board’s next regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 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 November 15 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.