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Eastern Pulaski School Board to Discuss School Make-Up Days

Dan Foster

Dan Foster

Missed school days will be a topic of discussion during the Eastern Pulaski School Board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

According to Superintendent Dan Foster, six days have been missed and it appears that one day will need to be added to the end of the school year in order to make up all of the days missed. One missed day was made up in a built-in snow day in January while one will be made up in a built-in snow day scheduled yet this month and another one in April. Two days were previously waived by the State.

The board members will discuss this issue, summer school classes, the adoption of the calendar year budget, and the purchase of iPads and cases during their meeting Wednesday in the Distance Learning Lab.

Public Hearing Held on Eastern Pulaski School Corporation Budget

The Eastern Pulaski School Board held a public hearing for the 2014-2015 school budget.

The budget includes the Capital Projects Plan for the 2014-2015 and 2016-2017 years, plus the 2014-2015 through 2015-2016 Bus Replacement Plan.

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Eastern Pulaski School Corporation Sees an Increase in Enrollment

The Eastern Pulaski School Board learned that the official Average Daily Membership student count was 1,233. That is an increase of 43 students to the corporation. The board was happy to hear that statistic as state funding follows the student and the corporation will be getting some extra operating funds this year.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Makes Decision Concerning Midwest Athletic Conference

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board did formally approve a recommendation to withdraw from the Midwest Athletic Conference. Eastern Pulaski now joins eight other schools in the area in making that decision.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Hopeful for High Student Count

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

While the official student count day isn’t expected until September with a second count to be conducted in February, the Eastern Pulaski School Board was counting on good student numbers on the first day of school to gauge where the numbers stand.

That count has not been released, but Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman stressed that student count is important as funding follows the student.

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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 Moves Forward With Superintendent Search

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaski School Board met in executive session Wednesday night when they discussed the candidates for superintendent and future meetings.

The board members voted to hold two meetings next week to discuss a proposed contract for a new superintendent. The board will be holding negotiations soon.

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Search for Eastern Pulaski Superintendent Continues

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaski School Board is moving ahead with their search for a new superintendent.

Current Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman announced his retirement in March and will leave the corporation after his contract expires June 30. He has been at the helm for the past 26 years.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Summer School Classes

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved summer school programs at their recent meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman stated that one class will be P.E. for high school students.

“They can have that credit completed during the summer in a fashion where they have three and four hour blocked time,” explained Klitzman. “With just a little imagination and creativity, you can see how much more things that opens up and that you can do with that block of time.”

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Recognizes Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaski School Board congratulated and recognized the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of this year’s senior class.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman said this is always the high point of the entire school year.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Tables Contract Extensions

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaski School Board members discussed extending the contracts for the administrative staff during their recent meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman advised that the board tabled his request for the contract extensions at this time.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Commends Elementary School

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

It was announced Monday that the Winamac Elementary School achieved status as a 4-Star School in Indiana.

To qualify, the students had to score in the upper percentile in the ISTEP+ exam. Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman told the school board Monday night that this is the second year in a row that the school has earned this distinction.

“Being a 4-Star School is the highest distinction that the Department of Education bestows on a school,” explained Klitzman. “It’s an earned one based on our data performance. We’re very pleased. We feel excellent about our approach in our reading programs and how we emphasize Instruction Day and focus things. We’re very proud of our teachers every day.”

Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Purchase of Reading Textbooks

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The reading program went under extensive study this year by the Eastern Pulaski School staff. The school board members did hear a recommendation on textbooks for reading at their recent meeting. Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman said the recommendation came from the textbook committee which was chaired by Principal Jill Collins.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Sadly Accepts Two Retirements

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaksi School Board accepted a resignation and a retirement request from two educators who happen to be married. Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman said Jan Moore had previously retired, but she was hired back on a part-time basis to teach math this school year.

“She has decided that this year is absolutely the last of it,” explained Klitzman. “She tried to retire last year and we twisted her arm and she came back. Another reason that she’s so firm that this is her last year is her husband, Brad Moore, is retiring.”

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Two Donations Recognized by Eastern Pulaski School Board

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman brought it to the school board’s attention this week that several donations have been made to the corporation. One donation was for the Helping Hands fund.

“We had a very nice $500 donation from Re/Max Real Estate,” said Klitzman. “For those of you who don’t know or may not remember, the Helping Hands is a program that we use to help students that are in need of assistance either in their cafeteria balance or in their textbook usage.”

Tom Bonnell, owner of TNS Recycling, had constructed canvas tarps that were donated to the school which are being used with the baseball and track programs as well as the fine arts department.

Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Summer Classes

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved summer school offerings for this year. Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman said depending on enrollment, the corporation will offer physical education.

“It’s a great time to have PE,” explained Klitzman. “With a three-hour block, you do so many more things. You don’t have to worry about the class bell ringing after 50 minutes and you don’t have to worry about getting sweaty and going into an algebra class, which kids don’t like necessarily. It’s in the summer, it’s in the morning and you get it over with.”

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Accepts Klitzman’s Retirement Request

Eastern Pulaski Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman and school board president Mike Tetzloff

Eastern Pulaski Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman and school board president Mike Tetzloff

A sharply divided Eastern Pulaski School Board accepted veteran superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman’s retirement request during a crowded special-called meeting last evening. Last week Klitzman announced his intention to retire after 26 years with the corporation, citing the “shaky” 4-3 vote to extend his contract an extra year. School board newcomer Deke DeMarco cast the tiebreaking vote in favor of the contract extension after a lengthy and apparently contentious executive session last week. He also cast the swing vote in favor of accepting Klitzman’s retirement request. Fellow newcomers Rhonda Heims and Terri Johnston and longtime Klitzman critic Joe Cunningham also voted to accept. Veteran board members and Klitzman supporters Larry Beach, John Kwiatkowski and Mike Tetzloff cast their votes in opposition of accepting Klitzman’s retirement and criticized the new board members for their knee-jerk reactions. Several teachers and community members spoke in support of Klitzman. They noted that the school system is among the best in the area both academically and financially and questioned what the board members hoped to gain by going in a new direction. Klitzman will remain on the job until his contract runs out at the end of June.

Eastern Pulaski School Board to Consider Superintendent Retirement

Dr. Robert Klitzman

Dr. Robert Klitzman

The Eastern Pulaski School Board will meet in special session Monday, March 18 to consider Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman’s request for retirement.

Klitzman said his decision to retire was based upon previous board votes on his one-year contract renewals the past couple of years.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Bus Driver Stipend

Eastern Pulaski School Board

Eastern Pulaski School Board

The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved an increase in the bus driver electric usage stipend.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman explained that every year the bus drivers are required to plug in their buses during the wintertime and it’s been a custom every year to give those drivers a little stipend to offset that cost.

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