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 →
The Eastern Pulaski School Board Monday night approved summer school courses if enrollment is sufficient. Tentative plans call summer physical education and economics to be taught in a classroom setting. Summer PE averages between 50 and 60 students each year. The economics class draws between 30 and 40 during the summer term. Continue reading →
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 →
The Eastern Pulaski School Board last night enthusiastically approved the use of an app to increase safety and improve communication with authorities. Teachers and other authorized staff members can use School Guard to immediately summon police officers within a 25-mile radius of the campus to respond to an active shooter. Continue reading →
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 →
Eastern Pulaski students will be on spring break next week. Superintendent Dan Foster says contractors working on campus-wide renovations will use that time to do work that would otherwise be disruptive to the learning environment. Continue reading →
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 →
Winamac Community Middle School will add a new athletic program for girls to the 2017 spring sports schedule. The Eastern Pulaski School Board last night unanimously approved the addition of softball for 7th and 8th grade girls. Superintendent Dan Foster told the board he’s confident the corporation can do it but added “it won’t be perfect the first year.” Continue reading →
The Eastern Pulaski School Board Monday authorized repairs to the elementary school roof in order to address drainage problems. Superintendent Dan Foster says the interior walls are stained due to water running down the side of the building into a drain trough. Continue reading →
The iPads purchased for students in the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation four years ago are ready to be replaced. Last night the school board voted unanimously to purchase new 16 gig tablets and protective cases. Continue reading →
The Eastern Pulaski School Board will consider the purchase of some big-ticket items when they meet this evening. The advance agenda includes discussion of school bus purchases as well as iPads and cases and lab computers. Continue reading →
The Eastern Pulaski School Corporation ended 2015 in good financial shape. Superintendent Dan Foster says all of their funds were in the black, and they had about 7 percent of appropriations remaining. As a result, Foster says they were able to move $600,000 into their rainy day fund. Continue reading →
The Eastern Pulaski School Board has formally extended superintendent Dan Foster’s term through July of 2019. During a special session Monday, the board unanimously approved a new contract for the superintendent. Continue reading →
The Eastern Pulaski School Board will meet in a special session later today to ratify superintendent Dan Foster’s contract. The new contract extends Foster’s term through June of 2019. Continue reading →
The Eastern Pulaski School Board will decide tonight whether to accept changes to the school corporation’s agreement with the Educational Service Centers Risk Funding Trust (ESCRFT). It’s an insurance cooperative used by several school districts throughout the state. Continue reading →
The school year’s off to a good start at Winamac Community Middle School, in spite of construction going on at the school building. That’s the message principal Ryan Dickinson gave to the Eastern Pulaski School Board Monday. Continue reading →
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 →