North Lawrence Community Schools To Open Empire Virtual Learning Academy


(BEDFORD) – North Lawrence Community School Board members were given an overview of the North Lawrence Empire Virtual Learning Academy as the corporation begins to offer online programming.

David Schlegel with the Empire Virtual Learning Academy gave a brief overview of the program to board members, Thursday night.

The new academy will serve grades K-12, and each students progress will be monitored by the North Lawrence Community staff.

Students in the program will also be allowed to participate in other extra-curricular programs and participate in athletic programming. There are still some details to work out of the new program.

“I am very excited about the program and look forward to working with students and families,” said David Schlegel.

“If any student is interested in the academy the office is located at the North Lawrence Learning Center or they can go to the NLCS website and learn more about the program,” Schlegel added.

Maggie Dainton gave board members an update on the Playful Pathways program. Children must be 3-years-old by August 1 to begin the program. If the child is under three, they will be placed on a waitlist for future enrollment.

To enroll or learn more about Playful Pathways you can call 812-275-4821.

The school board approved the Memoriam of Understanding with United Way.

The school board was updated on the Support Staff Handbook that is now in its final updates. Once the updates are complete the support groups will be notified and weigh in on the new policies proposed. The school board will vote on the new policies at the July 16 School Board meeting.

North Lawrence Community Schools has a plan to open schools on time.

“The situation is fluid at this point, but we plan to open up on time,” said Dr. Mungle.

The re-opening plan is available by going to the NLCS website.

Superintendent Ty Mungle gave board members an update on the proposed Bond Projects which include artificial turf for the football field. Also, the proposed bond will undertake some projects at the elementary schools. The $5.2 million bond issue will have another public hearing on July 16.

The following personnel changes were approved:

New Hires


  • Arienne Evans – NLCC Health Science Instructor effective August 7, 2020
  • Tony Seidl – NLCC Criminal Justice Instructor effective August 7, 2020
  • Stacey Sparks – BNL Special Needs Instructor effective 2020-21 academic year.

The following transfers were approved:

Support Staff:

  • Tammy Baker – Transferring from BNL Bookstore Admin Asst. to Attendance Aide effective August 7, 2020


  • Brian Hawkins – BNL English Department Chairperson effective 2020-21 academic year.

The following resignations were received.


  • Leland Ames – Resigning as Joint Services Resource Instructor effective 2019-20academic year.
  • Mary Ellen Baker – Waiting on resignation letter from Emily.
  • Erica Cuellar – Resigning as Joint Services Resource Instructor effective 2019-20 academic year.
  • Deidra Garines – Resigning as BMS Instructor effective 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Alexis Harmon – Resigning as NLCS Career Pathway Coordinator effective 2019-20 academic year.
  • Mark House – Resigning as Joint Services Behavior Consultant effective 2019-20 academic year.
  • Lori Sims – Resigning as Joint Services Assistant Director of Special Education effective June 30, 2020.


  • Sanna Brown – Reigning as Joint services Instructional Aide effective June 28, 2020.
  • James Cooper – Resigning as NLCS Custodian effective July 1, 2020.
  • Amanda (Mandie) Jones – Resigning as BNL Instructional Assistant effective June 19, 2020.
  • Amanda Rollins – Resigning as NLCS Nurse effective June 26, 2020.