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

No ISTEP, Now What?

 
 

Officials with the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation are not sad to see the ISTEP test go by the wayside. State lawmakers voted to scrap the controversial exam at the end of 2017. Superintendent Dan Foster says that decision raises some questions, like why to even give the test next year.

Foster told the school board Monday night it’s unclear at this time what will replace ISTEP. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board Votes to Change Banks

 

According to Eastern Pulaski Community Schools’ Superintendent Dan Foster, the corporation has been having some concerns with their primary financial provider for several months now. Issues included inconsistency, unreliability and an abundance of unnecessary fees.

In order to solve the problem, a proposal was composed and sent out to several potential providers. The current institution did not even reply to the proposal. This led Superintendent Foster to address the school board Monday evening and suggest switching their primary financial institution to one of the two places that did respond. Continue reading