JAG students are considered at-risk students who need assistance in completing high school and transitioning to employment or post-secondary education. Read the rest of this entry »
The Knox City Council this week approved a motion declaring the County Road 300 East reconstruction endeavor as a economic development project to allow the city to pay for an unexpected expense out of the County Economic Development Income Tax Fund. Charles Weaver, executive director of the Starke County Economic Development Commission, approached the council and explained that part of the reconstruction of County Road 300 East from Culver Road to west of the city, a number of fire hydrants will have to be relocated.
Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the board reviewed a memo released by the Department of Education regarding options on how to make up those days.
Superintendent A.J. Gappa said by law the categorization of the school warranted a hearing for public comment.
The Knox City Council will meet in a regular session tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Knox City Hall to discuss a number of items, including the proposed flood plan ordinance, revision of the fees ordinance for the planning commission, and a zoning ordinance amendment, as well as discussion with Neighborhood Development Associates regarding a feasibility study for Parkview Heights.
Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the Jobs for American Graduates organization at the high school boasts over 40 students and it has seen success in its infancy.
“The instructor, Molly Dollahan, and two of the students came in to give a report,” said Gappa. “This is the first year the program has been implemented in Knox. I believe we have 42 high school students as part of the program. It’s in conjunction with Workforce Development and it really helps students prepare for careers and jobs beyond high school. Recently, some of our JAG students participated in a career development conference and they had some different competitions. Two of the students who were at our board meeting talked about the competitions they participated in and some of the first place awards they received.”
Two local school boards will hold meetings tonight to discuss various items.
The Knox Community School Board will hold a public hearing tonight at 6:30 p.m. regarding the Knox Middle School being categorized a priority school. The board will also discuss weather related make-up days and the Crossing Alternative School.
The Knox City Council this week approved a new flood plan ordinance on its first reading as required by FEMA in order for residents to be able to acquire flood insurance. Mayor Rick Chambers explained that the city has been required to update their current plan and the state provided a sample ordinance that could be adapted to suit the city’s needs.
Knox residents are asked to keep their faucets running until further notice. The city has been plagued with frozen pipes and water meters since temperatures plunged. If you still have water, the best way to ensure it continues to flow is to let it run. Even though temperatures are warming up, the ground is still frozen, so pipes are still subject to freezing. City officials say all water bills for the billing cycle that started Jan. 23 will be estimated based on last year’s usage, and customers will not be charged for the extra water they are using. Water bills are due Feb. 15, and anyone with an abnormally high bill due to letting faucets run can ask for an adjustment.
A 14-year-old Knox Middle School student who died Saturday, Feb. 8 after a seven-month hospital stay will be laid to rest tomorrow in her hometown. Christina Franks lived a month and a day past her 14th birthday. She was diagnosed in July of 2011 with cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart and was admitted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis two years later when her left ventricle began to fail. Last August, Christina had surgery to install an exterior pump to take over the work of her failing heart until a donor organ could be located. Prior to that procedure, Christina told the surgeon she feared she would be forgotten because she was so far from her home in Knox. Read the rest of this entry »