The West Central School Board closed out the 2014 books and looked at the budget for this year when the members met this week. Superintendent Don Street said the board won’t be making any big changes to the budget.
“There were no big cuts,” said Street. “We anticipated where we would be in our annual budget. Our assessed evaluation has increased for our school district from last year which has reduced, just slightly, the amount of taxes that will be charged for each individual.”
Applications for the Energy Assistance Program can still be submitted for a one-time benefit on electric and heating bills. North Central Community Action Agencies, Pulaski County Human Services, and Community Services of Starke County began taking applications for LaPorte, Pulaski and Starke residents in November. Applications will continue to be accepted until all funds are obligated.
The Pulaski County Community Development Commission may apply for a state grant to provide job skills training to high school students. County economic development director Nathan P. Origer says funds are available through the Career and Technical Education Innovative Curriculum Grant program to set up industrial repair and maintenance training programs at Winamac Community and West Central High Schools. Origer says it is a really high-demand occupation in the manufacturing sector locally and regionally. Continue reading
The West Central School Board will consider bus bids for the upcoming year when they meet this evening. Tonight’s agenda also includes passage of the necessary resolution to balance accounts. It starts at 7:30 p.m. EST at the central office in downtown Francesville.
The West Central School Board members took care of several items of business during their meeting last week.
Superintendent Don Street commented that the school board discussed the enrollment within the career and technical courses and the financial reimbursement of those courses.
The West Central School Board approved a school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.
Superintendent Don Street said the calendar is similar to this year’s calendar.
“Our teachers will be starting school on the tenth of August and the students will be arriving on Thursday the 13th of August. We also had a little discussion concerning balanced calendars of the schools in the area that are looking at, if you will, a semi-balanced calendar,” said Street.
The West Central School Board will meet tonight where the school board members will have several action items to discuss.
Now that the school board has approved the budget for the next school year, the next step is to plan the 2015-2016 school calendar. That will be discussed tonight as well as the course description books, the high ability grant, a rainy day resolution and other items.
The West Central School Board recently approved the addition of a Theater Arts class to the curriculum for the second semester.
Superintendent Don Street explained that more focus on English/Language Arts forced the cancellation of the class, but the class will be revived.
“Now we have an opportunity to have a Theater Arts class where the kids will learn about acting and study different plays,” said Street. “We put that back into our curriculum. That will be a one, nine-week class because we’re on a block schedule. We have some students that have some interest in that. We have a teacher that will be able to teach that. That’s a fine arts credit which counts toward an Academic Honor class for our students.”
The annual Reality Store for 8th grade students at West Central Middle School is scheduled this month. The program provides students with the chance to learn about careers, and envision their life at age 28. Continue reading
The West Central School Board members recently approved the 2015 budget which includes the General Fund, Capital Projects Plan and Bus Replacement Plan.
Superintendent Don Street also discussed other financial matters with the board including insurance.
The West Central School Board members reviewed the ADM, or Average Daily Membership, count during their meeting last week.
Superintendent Don Street commented that the enrollment is up from last year.
Residents are wasting no time in getting flu shots in Pulaski County.
The Pulaski County Health Department is out of the vaccine for those aged three and older. The flu mist is still available through the Vaccine for Children program for those who are underinsured, uninsured and on Medicaid. Private stock doses remain for children aged six months to two years.
For those who have never had the shot before, two shots must be administered one month apart. The cost for the vaccine is $20.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board met for a lengthy work session after Monday afternoon’s public hearing concerning the rehabilitation projects at the elementary, middle and high schools.
The board approved paperwork to move forward in updating heating and cooling systems at the school buildings, replacing gym floors, updating all of the classrooms for technology purposes and educational settings, plus creating a more secure entrance at each building for the safety of students and staff members. Energy saving measures are also planned. The anticipated combined project cost is $14 million.
The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4 and in order to cast your important vote you need to be properly registered.
Voter registration is open this week at all county clerk’s offices. The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 6. You must be registered by the end of the business day on Oct. 6 in order to vote in the November election.
If you need to register to vote or have questions about your current registration, call the Starke County clerk’s office at (574) 772-9160, the Pulaski County clerk’s office at (574) 946-3313 or the Marshall County Clerk’s office at (574) 936-8922. Election and registration information can also be found on the state’s website.
Absentee voting in all three counties begins Tuesday, Oct. 7.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board members held a 1028 hearing yesterday afternoon to give those in attendance a scope of an extensive project in the works at all three of the schools to begin in March of 2015 and to end in October of 2016.
The board members did a walking tour of the buildings and made the collective decision to update and modernize the schools. Technology is the wave of the future and the school board felt it necessary to recognize that fact and to create the infrastructure necessary for that need moving forward with curriculum and educational space.
Pulaski County residents cannot burn leaves in roadways or within five feet of a road pavement edge. The county commissioners passed an ordinance prohibiting the practice earlier this year. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners learned from the director of the recycling and transfer station that he hopes to retire at the end of the year.
Ed Clark told the commissioners that he will be retiring Dec. 31 and asked them to advertise for the opening. He said he’d stay on as long as the new person would need to be trained. They approved the request.
The new generator for the Pulaski County Health Department was to be delivered this week.
Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston told the commissioners Monday night that it will be stored until a company can properly install it. The Pulaski County council members approved the money for the generator at their meeting last week.
The commissioners previously approved the purchase of a similar self-starting generator for the county home in the amount of $3,500, but the council members did not bring the purchase request to a motion last week. Commissioner Terry Young expressed his frustration in that lack of action by the council.
Three roads remain affected by the recent rains in Pulaski County.
Pulaski County Highway Superintendent Mark Fox reminded the commissioners Monday night that 700 South between 225 East and U.S. 35 is closed due to a flooded roadway.
The Pulaski County council members held a public hearing for comments on the 2015 budget.
The council members worked in budget sessions in July to cut over $2 million in the budget for next year. The county is asking for a 2.7 percent increase over last year.