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Culver Plan Commission Holds Development Discussion

The next step can be taken for the possible expansion of a Culver pizza restaurant.

During Tuesday night’s Culver Plan Commission meeting, a zoning change was discussed for Papa’s Pizza. The change from C-2 to C-1 would allow the restaurant to expand its location without providing additional parking.
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Culver Schools To Make-up Snow Days

Culver Community School CorporationThe number of snow days taken in Culver Schools has now affected the school calendar.

The Culver School Board, Monday night, approved a measure that attempts to make up a day lost to the weather by having students attend class on Good Friday – which was previously part of the extended spring holiday weekend.
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Culver Schools Take Step Toward New Buses

Culver Community School CorporationThe Culver School Board has decided to prepare for the possibility that they may need some new transportation equipment.

During Monday night’s meeting, Trustees voted unanimously to advertise bids for new school buses. This is something the Culver School Corporation does on an annual basis in an effort to replace an aging bus fleet.
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Culver Pizza Restaurant May Expand Location

Plans are in their preliminary stages, but the Culver Plan Commission may help decide whether a local restaurant can expand their current location.

Papa’s Pizza, located in the 800 block of North Lake Shore Drive, has submitted plans to add onto their kitchen and provide additional seating for customers.
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Culver Town Board Re-elects Munroe In Reorganization

The Culver Town Council will have a very similar look after being reorganized on Tuesday night.

The council is required to select leaders under state statute. Ginny Bess Munroe was re-elected as the Culver Town Council’s President for another term. Munroe has served on the board for the last seven years.
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Culver Town Board to Reorganize, Update Town Manager Search

The Culver Town Council will be following suit and reorganizing itself during a regularly scheduled meeting, Tuesday.

Boards around the area have been reorganizing in accordance with state statute. The selection of a new board President and the reappointment of department positions are being carried out now that the November elections are over and board members have been seated for the New Year. Terms for the newly appointed positions can vary.
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Culver Public Hearing Scheduled For Personal Wind Energy Systems

The Culver Town Council will meet Tuesday, and a public hearing hopes to gather input on an amendment to the zoning ordinance.

The Town’s Plan Commission recommended a draft to change the ordinance at their meeting in November to allow for Wind Energy Conversion Systems. That includes things like windmills on personal property.
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Culver Board Eyes Spending Cuts

Culver Community School Superintendent, Brad Schuldt

Culver Community School Superintendent, Brad Schuldt

The Culver School Board is looking for way to bridge a $500,000 deficit during the next school year. Superintendent Brad Schuldt says the shortfall is a result of cuts in state funding. He said that might be offset by retirements or people leaving for other reasons. The school board passed a resolution this week to set the target expenditure at $500,000. They also passed a resolution stating they will not offer retirement incentives this year. Of the corporation’s 78 teachers, Schuldt says between 10 and 15 are eligible for retirement. If additional reductions in force are necessary, state law requires the school corporation to notify targeted teachers between May 1 and July 1.

Culver Community Students to Receive iPads Next Year

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Culver Community School Board Members (from left, clockwise): Jack Jones, Ryan Seiber, Marilyn Swanson, Brad Schuldt, Eugene Baker, Jim Wentzel, Ed Behnke, Ken VanDePutte

With the use of technology in public schools on a quickly increasing trend, Culver Community School Board has approved a lease with Apple, Inc. to provide iPads for all high school and middle school students. Culver Community Schools will be spearheading what they’ve called the “One-to-One Technology Initiative,” which gives students the equipment and opportunities to “learn by doing.” Students would be able to bring these devices home at the end of the day, but they would be returned to the school at the end of the school year.

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Public Speaks Out Against Monterey Elementary Closure

Emotions were running high at the Culver Community School Board meeting this week, as supporters of the Monterey Elementary school vehemently defended the school in the face of possible closure. This issue was discussed because of a need to reduce expenses in order to meet budget cuts from the state level in the amount of $855,928 over two years.

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Culver Community School Board Members (from left to right) Jack Jones, Ryan Seiber, Ken Vandeputte, Brad Schuldt, Eugene Baker, Marilyn Swanson, and Ed Behnke.

The Culver Community School Corporation has a number of options to explore in order to meet this new budget. Some of the options mentioned included increasing revenue through a referenda, in which the school tax rate would be raised $0.11  per $100; the use of the Rainy Day Fund, which has a current balance of $980,000; and decreasing expenses through budget reductions, such as closing Monterey or cutting positions.

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Elkhart Semi-State

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Culver's Seniors

McBee goes for the opening tip

The greatest season in Culver Community High School history came to an end at the Elkhart Semi-State losing to Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 47-43. The Lady Cavs went punch for punch with the Lady Knights, but couldn’t get over the hump as their season came to an end with a record of 25-2.

Jeremiah Harvey Wins Heavyweight State Title

Jeremiah Harvey

Culver Community senior wrestler Jeremiah Harvey completed the greatest individual season in school history by winning the State Championship at 285lbs. Jeremiah began the post season by placing 3rd at the Plymouth Sectional. His dominance of the post season began the following week at the Rochester Regional placing 1st overall, he then went on to win the Merrillville Semi-State before advancing to the State Finals. Jeremiah won his first round match against Huntington North’s Andrew Mason, pinning him in :24. The rest of the tournament would not be as easy. Jeremiah pinned Tyler Melby of Westfield in 6:44, then defeated Bellmont’s #1 ranked undefeated Daniel Meyer 3-2 in overtime, before beating Plymouth’s Damon Howe for the third time this season 3-1 in overtime to take the State Title. Jeremiah ended his historic wrestling season with an overall record of 45-4. Congratulations to Jeremiah Harvey of Culver Community High School on bringing home the Kankakee Valley area’s 6th State Title!

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