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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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Team Breakdown

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!

Regional Champion Culver

Gwen in her practice gear

Nicole Carnegie

Patrice McBee

Whitney Sanders

Kayla Shaffer

Ali Zehner

Gwen Zehner

Coach Tony Scheub

The Culver Lady Cavaliers won their first Sectional Championship since 2002. They followed up their Sectional Championship by winning the school’s first ever basketball Regional, defeating Wheeler and Fairfield. Culver will be taking their 25-1 record to the Elkhart Semi-State where they will take on Bishop Luers (22-2).

Rita Lawson

Rita Lawson, 73, of Culver, Indiana, passed away Sunday, December 12th. Memorial services are Saturday, December 18th, 201 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Culver.  Visitation is Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET at the Wesley United Methodist Church Fireside Room.  Memorials may be made to the church or to the Culver Public Library.  The Odom Funeral Home in Culver is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth W. Hartle

Kenneth W. Hartle, 80, of Culver, Indiana, passed away Saturday, December 4th, 2010.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver.  Visitation is Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the Funeral Home.

Culver Community School Students Helping to Make Wishes Come True

Students in the Culver Community School District are motivated this year to help make a wish come true for two families of terminally ill students. This is the second year the students have been involved in a Make-A-Wish effort. Last year they raised $3,667 after pledging $150 to make a New Carlisle boy’s wish come true.

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Brittany Griffith Arrested on Forgery, Fraud Charges

Starke County resident, Brittany Griffith, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly writing bad checks from her grandmother’s bank account without permission.

Griffith reportedly stole the checks after she was told to leave her grandmother’s house. She wrote bad checks to several businesses including the Culver Cove, Culver CVS and the Bottle Shoppe in North Judson. The investigation continues into this case.

Griffith has preliminary charges of Forgery, Fraud and Theft. Griffith’s boyfriend, Aaron Wireman, was also arrested and has a preliminary charge of Assisting a Criminal.  Griffith is currently being held in the Starke County jail.

Maxinkuckee Players Looking to 2011

The Maxinkuckee Players are already making plans for the 2011 summer presentation.  A meeting is scheduled in Culver early next month to elect officers.

If you have a suggestion for a possible musical production for the Players 2011 season you may contact Charlie Weaver at 574-772-5000 in Knox,  who is a member of the selection committee. That committee will make several suggestions to the Players members who, in  turn, will  make the final selection at a meeting in January or early February.
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