Eastern Pulaski School Board Implements Reasonable Suspicion Policy


A local school corporation can now drug test students if they have reasonable suspicion to believe they are at school under the influence. The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved a corporation-wide reasonable suspicion policy Monday evening. Superintendent Dan Foster says they sought input from other schools and the Indiana School Board Association as to how to handle such matters. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board Accepts Donations


Eastern Pulaski Elementary School will soon offer a reading program for local residents thanks to the generosity of the Pulaski Alliance for Community Education. They awarded the school a $19,635 grant.

Plans call for the establishment of a “Family Dinner Book Club.” The school will provide high quality literature for families across Pulaski County to borrow, read together and discuss with “Dinner Time” conversation question cards. Families who sign a borrower contract and pledge to post a picture of their family with the book on the newly established “EPES Family Book Club” social media page will be able to check books out. School officials hope they will elaborate on their favorite part of the book in their social media posts. Continue reading

Federal Mandate Forces School Lunch Fee Increase


School lunch prices are going up a little bit for Eastern Pulaski students. Superintendent Dan Foster says their federal funding for the lunch program is in jeopardy without the increase. A provision in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act requires corporations to increase “paid lunch” prices over time. That’s the amount students who don’t qualify for free and reduced lunches pay for meals. The idea is to ensure that higher federal reimbursements for free and reduced-price meals are not subsidizing those for students in the paid category. Doing so also frees up money to help meet new nutrition quality standards. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board to Consider Policy Updates


The Eastern Pulaski School Board will consider a federally-mandated increase in cafeteria meal prices when they meet this evening. The agenda for their 5:30 p.m. session also includes consideration of several policies on first reading. They include internal controls, collection and forgiveness of debt and criminal gangs and gang activities in schools. The latter is also a mandate for schools across Indiana. Continue reading