Mosquito Samples from Several Indiana Counties Test Positive for West Nile Virus

westnilevirusThis summer’s above average amount of rainfall has been ideal for mosquito breeding. According to state health officials, West Nile Virus has been confirmed in almost 10 Indiana counties. The virus has only been spotted in mosquito samples and no avian or human infections have been reported or confirmed thus far. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski Superintendent Wants Board to Reconsider Job Proposal

 

During their meeting earlier this week, the Eastern Pulaski School Board members were not in unanimous agreement when it came to the action to approve job descriptions. Superintendent Dan Foster spoke at length about the two proposed positions of technology data specialist and director of curriculum and assessment. Continue reading

Winamac Safe Routes to School Project Nears Completion

 During the Monday evening Winamac Town Council meeting Town Manager Brad Zellers provided an update about the ‘Safe Routes to School’ Program. The SRTS program first started up in 2012 after a grant was received allowing for more than 2,000 feet of trail and ADA compliant sidewalks leading from the school to the downtown area to be put in place. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski Community School Board Discusses Renovations and Additional Positions

 

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board met last night for their final meeting of the summer. The Board unanimously approved a number of items on the agenda including a base bid of approximately $2.6 million for the elementary school renovation contract. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board to Discuss School Renovations, Asbestos Removal

Action to approve a proposal for asbestos removal is on the Eastern Pulaski School Board agenda for their meeting tonight. Another item on the agenda is the elementary school renovation contract which needs board consensus to be approved. Job descriptions for the positions of technology data specialist and director of curriculum and assessment are also set to be discussed. Continue reading

Consideration for Additional Positions at Eastern Pulaski Community School Approved

 During their meeting earlier this week, the Eastern Pulaski School Board entertained the idea of adding a few extra positions to their payroll. The school is looking to add a director of curriculum and assessment as well as two summer employees for manual labor.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Amends School Calendar

Over the past few years, due to make up days for winter weather conditions, the end of the year over at the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation has been hectic. This year graduation happened to fall on the same day as the last school day. This puts a lot of excess unneeded pressure on older students. During last night’s school board meeting a decision was reached to incorporate a few extra school days into the calendar to avoid the same issues next school year. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board to Discuss Renovation Project Bids

The Eastern Pulaski School Board will be discussing bids for the upcoming building renovation projects in a work session beginning at 5 p.m. ET tonight. The projects include the construction of secure entrances at the schools, upgrades of classrooms and a new gymnasium floor. The project is estimated at $14 million.

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Local Schools on Soft Lockdown

Eastern Pulaski Schools and the Culver Community School Corporation are under a soft lockdown.

Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dan Foster told WKVI News that an individual in the community had threatened to harm himself. Foster said that the school is simply taking a precaution where all of the doors have been locked at all of the buildings. Students will not be leaving the buildings for recess or any student aid projects.

It was a general threat and not a specific threat to the school or any students or staff at the school, according to Foster. Foster stated that it was a safety precaution.

Winamac Community High School Students Raise Money for Charity

Students from several organizations at Winamac Community High School took time to volunteer for the Salvation Army during the holiday season. Principal Rick DeFries says they raised a significant amount of money for the organization during their annual bell ringing campaign. Of the $5,600 raised, the students brought in $2,500. DeFries told the Eastern Pulaski School Board an estimated 10 groups raised that amount of money in 20 hours.

Eastern Pulaski School Board Reorganizes

Eastern Pulaski School Board Members Tim Rausch, Joe Cunningham and Mike Tetzloff are sworn in during Monday's school board meeting.

Eastern Pulaski School Board Members Tim Rausch, Joe Cunningham and Mike Tetzloff are sworn in during Monday’s school board meeting.

Longtime Eastern Pulaski School Board member Joe Cunningham will continue serving as the president of that body after the board reorganized for the year. Deke Demarco was elected vice-president, and Terri Johnston was chosen secretary of the board. Continue reading

Plans Nearly Finished for Eastern Pulaski Renovations

 Plans for the $14 million renovation project at Eastern Pulaski Schools are nearly finished. Superintendent Dan Foster says the architect is putting the final touches on things. Plans include securing the main entrances to the schools, upgrading the restrooms and replacing the floors in both gyms. Once the design is finalized, the project will be let for bid. Foster says they want to do a full 30-day process since it is so extensive. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board May Approve Final Building Plans

The Eastern Pulaski School Board will consider final plans for the $14 million campus renovation project when they meet this evening. The project includes upgrades to the elementary, middle and high schools. Main entrances will be secured and restrooms will be updated. Planned classroom improvements include changing chalkboards to marker boards and replacing windows. Both gyms will be updated with new floors and other electrical improvements. Continue reading

Pulaski County Considering Career and Technical Education Grant Application

Pulaski County Economic DevelopmentThe 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

Eastern Pulaski Schools Schedule Wireless Survey

 The new demands that come from living in a technology-based world keep the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation in check. A wireless survey is part of the Christmas break building maintenance plan, along with normal protocol of cleaning, waxing floors, and touching up paint on lockers. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board Honors Retiring Member

 An Eastern Pulaski School Board member was honored Monday evening for 22 years of service. John Kwiatkowski is retiring from the board at the end of this year. He served two stints on the board as the representative from Franklin Township. The first was from 1968 until 1978. During that time the elementary school was built. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski Board Waiting on Final Building Renovation Plans

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board did not adopt a final design for the proposed $14 million building renovation project when they met last night. Superintendent Dan Foster says around 80 percent of the final design is complete.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board to Consider Building Plans Tonight

The Eastern Pulaski School Board will review the final design for the proposed $14 million building renovation project when they meet this evening. It includes upgrades to the elementary, middle and high schools. Main entrances will be secured and restrooms will be updated. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Partners with Purdue

 The Eastern Pulaski School Corporation has been selected by Purdue University to take part I a new program. The Center for Instructional Excellence is designed to better prepare prospective college students in high school for the next level of education. Continue reading