The Northwest Evaluation Association, or NWEA, test is a state-aligned computer-based testing system which adapts to the child in real-time as the test progresses for a pinpoint picture of learning achievement and readiness.
Area school corporations continue to present information about a balanced calendar school schedule. Argos, Culver, John Glenn, Knox, North Judson-San Pierre, Oregon-Davis, Plymouth and Triton are all considering the approach. During a meeting last night at the high school cafeteria, Knox Superintendent A.J. Gappa stressed the balanced calendar is not year-round school. It still provides the state-mandated 180 days of classroom instruction. School would start about a week or a week-and-a-half earlier than it does now and end at the beginning of June. The schedule would also feature two-week breaks for remediation and vacation in the fall and spring. Research indicates student grades improve and discipline problems decrease when schools go to the balanced calendar approach. Additionally, students retain more knowledge from one school year to the next. Read the rest of this entry »
A man who manufactured methamphetamine in a motel room in Plymouth in September was sentenced in Marshall County Superior Court on Thursday.
David Garman, of Knox, checked into a room at the Super 8 motel and proceeded to manufacture meth in the room. A housekeeper cleaning the room for the next guest found what she believed to be parts of a methamphetamine lab. A Plymouth officer confirmed that the items were used in the manufacture of meth. Also found at the scene was a cell phone with texts pertaining to meth, the need for precursors and the availability of finished meth product. Officers discovered the phone belonged to Garman.
Superintendent A.J. Gappa said this is simply an informational meeting.
Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the purpose of the meeting is for The Crossing officials to speak to the board members in more depth about the alternative school.
The dates are set for the annual City of Knox yard sale. This year the popular event has expanded from one to four days. They are Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Residents can host sales on any or all of those days without paying for a permit. Sale signs are limited to the ones available for purchase at city hall for 50-cents each. The Knox Moose Family Center is helping to sponsor the sales and will have maps, food and drinks available each day. Spaces will also be available for residents outside the city limits who would like to participate. Call 574-772-5712 for more information. Environmental Days will once again be held in conjunction with the sales. This is done so unsold and unwanted items can easily be thrown away.
The clerk-treasurer in the city of Knox has announced they will soon be going to a new billing system that uses full-size paper rather than postcards, saving roughly $540 per year because, according to Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, sending postcards is more expensive. Houston said the new bills will be sent out soon, so don’t be alarmed if your bill from the city is different!
The board members will receive an update on the results of the NWEA test as well as a presentation on the Biomedical Science course addition at the high school.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT in the administrative office in the Palmer Wing of the Knox Elementary School.
The Knox City Council this week tentatively approved the first readings of two ordinances, but expressed their intent to revise those ordinances before passing them on their second or third readings. The council first discussed the revised fees ordinance for the Planning Commission that replaced the entirety of the fees laid out previously.
The Knox City Council this week approved the purchase of five lots in Parkview Heights, each of which was up for tax sale in the county but, because it was up for tax sale previously and did not sell, the city was able to purchase the properties for $35 each from the county. The city has acquired more than a dozen properties in the neighborhood, and Mayor Rick Chambers said the city is looking into options as far as what they can do to improve Parkview Heights and make it a safer place to live.
Borg explained that road crews filled the most troublesome areas first and have been out filling others as much as possible. In the meantime, employees have been working to maintain vehicles. Borg noted that some plow components needed to be fixed and others completely replaced and he will be notifying the board on those efforts in a future meeting.
The Knox Board of Public Works did not have a quorum but heard reports from department heads on issues Wednesday morning.
Knox Water Superintendent Todd Gardner said about 50 percent of the frozen pipes reported have been thawed and they’re working on more as the days go by. The first section of pipes to freeze was along Spruce Drive and all but one person has water flowing to the residence.
The Knox City Council this week approved a resolution purchasing five lots in Parkview Heights. City attorney David Matsey said the county has already approved a resolution and this resolution for the city is strongly based on the county’s version.
The properties the city will acquire in Parkview are located at 322 Spruce Street , 424 and 426 Maple Street, and a parcel on Clark Street. The Spruce Street house is actually located on two lots. The parcels will be purchased for a cost of $35 per property, and the city council has expressed interest in using those properties – and other properties in Parkview Heights that the city has acquired over the years – to benefit the city.
The council approved a motion purchasing the lots.