Space is continuing to be an issue for the Brandon-Evansville School District, according to Superintendent Don Peschel.
But one small change this fall could help. The district will be shifting the varsity indoor athletics from the Brandon gymnasium to the Evansville gymnasium. Although Peschel cited space as one of the reasons, he also said safety and supervision, which can be more easily tracked, are factors.
School board members approved the move by a vote of 5-1 with Andy Siira voting against it. Randy Bettermann was not at the meeting.
Peschel briefly touched on the space issue at the Monday, March 15, school board meeting. He said there have been discussions and he has met with a couple of school board members, along with the members of the Evansville City Council.
“We are really strapped for space,” he said. “We need to figure something out.”
Peschel said he didn’t want to get into it at Monday’s meeting as he will be bringing ideas forward at the April meeting.
“We will have some options on what we can do,” he said. “We just don’t have any space, but more to come on that next month.”
The board also approved moving forward with providing year-round Pre-K (3-school) programming beginning this fall. The school received about 30 responses back from a survey that had been sent out and Peschel said the interest is there for the programming.
“This is just something we need to do,” he said, adding that it will more than likely be offered on a sliding-fee scale basis.
The board also approved the following:
Contract with Adam Wagner for assistant varsity football coach.
Contract with Chad Knapp for assistant varsity football coach.
Hiring one full-time teacher for remedial, math and English in grades 6-12.
Letter of retirement from Debbie Wood.
Leave of absence for Erin Okerlund. (Vote was 5-1, Rachel Wagner voted against it.)