School board accepts resignations

BREMEN — The resignations of a basketball coach, a school therapist, assistant principal and job coach were accepted Tuesday night by the Bremen Board of School Trustees as well as the retirement of a teacher that has served BPS for more than 40 years.
The board accepted the resignations of Kyle Hanyzewski, high school boys varsity basketball coach, Aislinn Zentz, K-12 mental health therapist, Shawna Davenport, K-5 assistant principal and Brenda Parks, high school job coach.
Troy Holmes, athletic director at Bremen High School, released a comment concerning Hanyzewski’s resignation noting that he has “represented Bremen High School and the basketball program in a positive manner for the last five years as its head coach and assistant coach. Coach Hanyzewski’s contributions to the Bremen High School Athletic Department are greatly appreciated,” said Holmes adding that the vacancy for the position will be “posted immediately.”
“This is my fifth year at BPS and I was the head coach for two years,” said Hanyzewski in an email. “I still plan on remaining a teacher at BPS. I love teaching here.” Board members commented on the resignation of teacher, Faye Dumph, second grade teacher, noting that the she had served Bremen Public Schools for more than 40 years.
“The Bremen Elementary-Middle School will miss Mrs. Faye Dumph as a second grade teacher,” noted elementary-middle school principal, Larry Yelaska. “We greatly appreciate the 42 years of dedicated service that she has provided and the positive impact she has made on the community. We wish Mrs. Dumph the best of luck as she begins her well-deserved retirement.”
“I am making a career advancement move and I was able to glean valuable educational leadership experience from Bremen Public Schools during my three year term here,” said Shawna M. Moore-Davenport in an email asking for her comments concerning her resignation.
New contracts that were approved Tuesday included Stephanie Fish, K-8 part time instructional aide, Merridith Scott, K-8 volunteer track coach and Dick Strehler, K-8 volunteer track coach. In his report to the board, principal Yelaska noted that the kindergarten roundup took place Thursday, April 14. “We had 102 students registered for the event,” he said.
“The ISTEP+ Round 2, multiple-choice section of the ISTEP+ testing window will open April 25 and closes May 4,” said Yelaska, who noted that this will be the final round of the ISTEP+ testing for this year. “Students have been working hard and our staff has done an amazing job of having them prepared for the test,” he said. “The eighth grade students will take this assessment online for the first time. The students completed the online practice test March 30. The test went very smoothly and students were able to practice using all of the online testing tools. The students responded positively to the online format and many shared that prefer to test on the computer. Individual test scores are usually released in the late summer.”
High school principal Bruce Jennings, reported to the board that the late winter window of the end of course assessment tests for Algebra I, English 10 and Biology I were back and that the results were “very good.”
In English 10, both re-testers passed — 2 for 2. The first-time testers were 33 for 36, which is 91.7 passed. Jennings noted that during third term, there will be about 80 more students who will take this part of the test, however, 29 are in English Honors so he expects that score to increase.
In Algebra I, re-testers scored 1 for 7, which was a 14.3 percent score. First-time testers were 28 for 35, which is 80 percent. Overall, the best score for Algebra I, considering all, was 69 percent. Jennings noted that during the third term, about 80 more high school students and 50 eighth grade students would take this ECA test.
In Biology I, Bremen was 27/40, which is 67.5 percent. During Term 3, about 70 more students will take this ECA.
Parents will soon be notified concerning results of these tests.
On special note, Jennings noted that 10 students competed in the State Skills USA Competition in Indianapolis April 16 after qualifying in regional competition. The students included Alan Bollenbacher and J.J. Schafer (3-D Animation), Mitch Yoder (Carpentry), Breann Felton and Esmeralda Fernandez (Dental Assisting), Adriana Fernandez (Health Occupations Professional Portfolio), Ben Lacher (Motorcycle Service Technology), Andrew Weldy (Power Equipment Technology), Haleigh Cassel (Pre-School Teaching Assistant) and Josh Bonebrake (Technical Drafting).
Hope Jordan was awarded the prestigious Lilly Scholarship. She plans to apply the scholarship, worth $150,000, at DePauw University at Greencastle.
She also was selected as one of only 12 students in Indiana to receive the prestigious IHSAA Cato Memorial Scholarship. Jennings noted the Bremen High School is the only school in the state to have a recipient of this $2,500 scholarship for three consecutive years.
The Bremen FFA held its annual awards banquet in the Lions’ Den recently. The FFA officers for the new year 2011-2012 are president, Mitch Yoder; vice presidents, Matt Ringer and Josh Wilhelm; secretary, Maeve Roberts; treasurer, Sam Bickel; reporters, Taylor Bickel and Taylor Lizzi; sentinel, Braxton Jones; and student advisor, Illiana Fernandez.
Jennings noted that Bremen High School would serve as the site for the 2011 Primary Elections again this spring Tuesday, May 3. All three precincts, instead of just two, will be located at BHS. He noted that in 2012, this may be “challenging” for the general election, and especially a presidential election “if school is in session due to parking/traffic congestion and safety concerns.” Jennings noted that the decision whether the high school will serve as a polling place for all German Township will be made in the next few months.
“If you have any strong opinions on this topic,” Jennings said, he should be informed “so that I can share them with the Marshall County Election Board.”
The next Bremen Board of School Trustees meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 in the Lions’ Den.