The Eastern Pulaski Elementary School welcomed a special guest Tuesday morning. Indiana’s First Lady, Karen Pence, visited the school which recently received the honor of being named a Four Star School.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman and Elementary Principal Jill Collins escorted Pence around the elementary school where she visited with a handful of teachers. Pence, who has taught for many years, stopped to talk to a couple of classes and took questions from the students.
Several schools in the Kankakee Valley area were announced Monday as Indiana’s 4-Star schools for 2013.
In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in the ISTEP+ testing results.
Eastern Pulaski Elementary School in Winamac, John Glenn High School in Walkerton, F. Willard Crichfield Elementary School in LaPorte, Saint Peter’s Lutheran School in North Judson, Webster Elementary School in Plymouth, and West Central High School in Francesville were all recognized as being 4-Star Schools.
A total of 313 schools in the state received this honor.
Eastern Pulaski School Corporation is one of only two systems in the state that are on a fiscal year budget. The rest are on calendar year.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman said that the board received and approved the budget for the year this week. The budget will begin in July of 2012.
“Senator Charbonneau called and I talked with him and he is interested in looking at some legislation that would have all schools move towards a fiscal year budget,” said Dr. Klitzman. “When you stop and think about it, you call it a fiscal year budget, but really it’s a school year budget. We start a school year in August and our budget starts in July so there’s some benefits to it. On the other side of it, I do understand why some folks don’t want to change. It’s something they’re used to and they do it as a routine and as we all know change is difficult and quite frankly, I don’t think it’ll get changed. What I’m most interested in is that they leave us alone and we can do our projects the way we want to and so far they’ve done that. If they want to change I’m all for it.”
Eastern Pulaski Elementary Principal, Mrs. Jill Collins, reported a new plan to the Eastern Pulaski School Board that would help students bridge the gap between Preschool and Kindergarten.
“We’re setting up a series of meetings where we are going to invite Preschool teachers and students into our building during the day and evening at different times and we’ll put them in a classroom and we’ll bring some teachers in to talk with them about some of the things they’ll be doing in Kindergarten,” explained Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent, Dr. Robert Klitzman. “The students will be able to see the teachers now with the comfort of their Preschool teacher and the other students right there and the next year it won’t be such a traumatic situation.”