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Firearms On Eastern Pulaski School Board Agenda

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board will discuss the possession of firearms on school property when they meet this evening at 5:30 p.m. EDT  in the Distance Learning Lab.  Last week the West Central School Board discussed allowing  faculty members to posses weapons while at work. Continue reading

Boys Golfers Participate in Sectionals

 It was a very successful day for our area boys golfers in Sectional play yesterday. The John Glenn Falcons placed 3rd as a team at the South Bend Riley Sectional which advances them to next week’s Regional. Tyler Prentkowski was the meets medalist shooting a 68. The Falcons finished just 3-strokes behind Penn High School for 2nd place overall. In other sectional golf action Adam Gruenig led the Winamac Warriors to a 4th place finish in the Logansport Sectional. While the Warriors did not advance as a team, Gruenig was the medalist for the meet shooting a 78. At the LaPorte Sectional, Austin Howell of South Central was the leader for the 7th place finishing Satellites. Howell shot an 82 which was good enough to advance him as an individual to the Regional round.

The golf Regional rounds will be played next Thursday and Friday. Adam Gruenig and Austin Howell will be competing at Lafayette Jefferson, while the John Glenn Falcons will be at Warsaw. Both of those Regional rounds will be played on Thursday, June 12th.

Local Schools Awarded Money through Secured School Safety Grant Program

 More than $9 million was approved in grant funding for several local schools through the Secured School Safety Grant Program.

The program gives matching grants to school corporations that request funding to conduct a threat assessment, purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders, or employ a school resource officer.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Adds J.E.S.S.E. Staff to Payroll

 The Logansport J.E.S.S.E. Co-op is de-centralizing and since the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation is a part of that co-op the Eastern Pulaski School Board had to make some clarification and housekeeping changes regarding some staff members.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Additional Appropriation for Change to Calendar Budget

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board held a public hearing during their meeting Monday requesting an additional appropriation.

The school board approved a change from a fiscal year budget to a calendar year budget. A fiscal year budget has an operation from July 1 to June 30.  With the change to a calendar budget, the school board won’t have funds to operate from July to December as the corporation makes the transition.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Secondary Contract with The Crossing

The CrossingThe Eastern Pulaski School Board signed a secondary contract for students to participate in The Crossing alternative school in Starke County. Superintendent Dan Foster said it’s a pay-as-you-go agreement.

“As we use it, we’ll pay for those students we’re sending,” said Foster. “We don’t have to commit a certain number and that’s simply right now because we’re in between locations. If they get the one going there in Starke County, and there’s one in White County, but there’s not one right here yet. It’s hard for us to commit because we may have a student that lives in the southern part of our district that could be 45 minutes to an hour to get up to Starke County. As things progress, that could certainly change.”

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Eastern Pulaski School Board has Full Agenda for Tonight’s Meeting

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board members will have a full meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The board members will recognize Valedictorian Eric Newman and Salutatorian Courtney Boos. The members will also hold public hearing on additional appropriations and discuss recommendations to continue with Title 1 and high ability grant programs, approve handbooks, and technology network infrastructure upgrades.

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U.S. News Awards Medals to Several Area Schools

badge-national-rankingsThe Kankakee Valley boasts some of the best high schools in the state, according to recent rankings by a national publication. John Glenn High School in Walkerton ranks 17th on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list. The magazine awarded the school silver medal. Students there have an opportunity to take advanced placement tests, and 36 percent do. Of the school’s 611 students, 85 percent are proficient in English and 84 percent are proficient in math. Knox Community High School earned a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report. The publication notes 25 percent of the 606 students enrolled take AP courses and tests, 77 percent are proficient in English and 69 percent are proficient in Algebra. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board Holds Discussion on Calendar Year Budget

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board held discussion on the calendar year budget during their meeting last week.

Superintendent Dan Foster explained that only two school corporations in the state operate on a fiscal year budget and Eastern Pulaski is one of those two schools. The board recently approved a measure to move the school from a fiscal year budget to calendar year budget to come in line with state software and other advantages. He said the switch may get a little tricky.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Contract for Dietician

The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved a contract with Educational Service Center and hired Kaylyn Herrold as a Dietician to aid the cafeteria staff.

Superintendent Dan Foster said she can help the staff in keeping up with federal guidelines.

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Lunch Prices to Increase at Eastern Pulaski Schools

The price for lunch at the cafeteria at the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation will be going up slightly.

Superintendent Dan Foster said the increase was in line with federal guidelines.

“We did increase our cafeteria lunch prices again. We have to get up to that two-dollar-and-fifty-three cent limit or something like that so we begrudgingly increased our cafeteria lunches ten cents.”

Eastern Pulaski School Board to Consider Contract with The Crossing

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board has started a discussion about The Crossing which is a school that helps educate students who have dropped out of school, transitioned to home school or who were expelled at one time during their educational career.

Superintendent Dan Foster stressed that the board is only in the discussion phase at this point.

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Winamac Physics Teacher to Take Part in Prestigous Opportunity

Winamac High School physics teacher Jeremy Wegner has been accepted into the CERN High School Teacher Program.

Wegner will be going to Geneva, Switzerland for three weeks of training and education about high energy particle physics and other topics. He will be learning how to incorporate all of the information into the classroom.

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Eric Newman Named Pulaski County Community 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

Eric Newman

Eric Newman

A Winamac Community High School Senior has been named the recipient of the 2014 Pulaski County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Eric Newman will receive a four year full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of his choice. He will also receive a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Newman has been involved in Student Council, Shakespeare Club, Key Club, FFA, National Honor Society, and the Robotics Team. He was also involved in sports and volunteered in the community. He has also received the DAR Good Citizen Award, Presidential award for service, Hoosier Boys State delegate, Distinguished Honor Roll, and the Hugh O’Brien award.

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Winamac Community High School Drama Announces Spring Musical

 The Winamac Community High School Drama Department will present Happy Days – The Musical on stage on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET.

This musical composed by Garry Marshall in 2008 will feature all of the same characters as in the popular TV show 40 years ago: Howard Cunningham, Marion Cunningham, Joanie Cunningham, Arnold Devecchio, Ralph Malph, Chachi Arcola, Potsie Weber, Lori Beth, and Arthur Fonzarelli.

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Eastern Pulaski School Corporation to Operate on Calendar Year Budget in 2015

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board members approved a resolution to move from a recognized fiscal year budget to a calendar year budget.

Superintendent Dan Foster explained the school corporation is one of two school corporations in the state that operate on a fiscal year budget which is from July 1 to June 30. All other school corporations in the state follow a calendar year budget which is from January to December.

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Schools May Be Able to Waive Snow Makeup Day

Indiana Department of EducationSchools that canceled classes due to the extreme winter conditions may not have to make up the day of missed instruction. “The Elkhart Truth” reports that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has authorized schools to apply for a one-day waiver from the required 180 days of instruction. The waiver was initially offered after school districts across the state canceled classes on Monday. However, the director of the office of accreditation for the education department told the paper that the waiver will be offered to schools on Tuesday as well. He says the waiver means that schools can escape the “very severe financial penalty” they would otherwise incur by canceling one day of instruction. The waiver has only been used a few times in the past several years to offset instructional days lost due to severe weather. School districts typically build in makeup days in the event of snow, but if they miss more days than they have built into the calendar they’re forced to extend the school year into summer vacation in order to meet the state’s requirements.

Eastern Pulaski Superintendent Search Winds Down

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaski School Corporation will soon have a new superintendent in place. Dr. Robert Klitzman retired June 30th but stayed on in an interim capacity until his replacement is hired. Klitzman tells WKVI news that August 23rd will be his last day. The board will conduct a public hearing on the new superintendent’s contract during their Monday, Aug. 12th board meeting. State law requires a hearing be held, but Klitzman says the candidate will not be identified by name. The board will then meet in executive session, with a formal hiring decision scheduled during a special-called meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20.



Eastern Pulaski School Board to Hold Work Session

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaski School Board will be meeting in another work session tonight to further discuss criteria to be used in the Superintendent selection process.

The board had met April 23 to put some initial thoughts on paper and Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman will present those ideas again tonight to refresh discussion and initialize more input from the board on what they expect of his successor.

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