Enrollment is down over last year at the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation. Superintendent Dan Foster says the fall student count figure is now official. Continue reading
Extensive renovations to the Eastern Pulaski Schools buildings are almost finished. Superintendent Dan Foster says the auditorium is the only project remaining at the middle/high school. Contractors are wrapping up work at the elementary school building as well. Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski School Board wants more information before proceeding with an upgrade to the exterior lights on the campus. Superintendent Dan Foster says the existing lights on the buildings are older and not especially energy efficient. They’re also set on timers, which need to be reset frequently as the days get shorter. Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski School Board is set to adopt a budget for 2017 at their October meeting. They conducted the statutory public hearing on the proposed spending plan when they met Monday. Superintendent Dan Foster says there aren’t any significant changes but notes enrollment is down slightly at Eastern Pulaski this year.
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
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
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
Eastern Pulaski Superintendent Dan Foster will update school board members this evening on education policies passed by the Indiana General Assembly. 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 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
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski paid a visit to Winamac Community High School on Monday to check out the school’s new Warrior Academy. Students under the supervision of teacher Karen Butler spend part of the day doing credit recovery. It allows the 16 students in the program to take courses they struggled with in a traditional classroom in an independent study setting. Walorski applauds the efforts to help students graduate. Continue reading
During their meeting Monday evening, the Eastern Pulaski School Board unanimously approved a a roofing contract with Insley Systems Inc. Gibraltar Design Inc. has been the main construction consultant for the corporation during their building renovations. Certain projects are out of Gibraltar’s wheel house so they make recommendations for special projects. They submitted a proposal to the board for Insley to tackle the roofing project. Continue reading
Over the past few years, due to make up days for winter weather conditions, the end of the year over at the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation has been hectic. This year graduation happened to fall on the same day as the last school day. This puts a lot of excess unneeded pressure on older students. During last night’s school board meeting a decision was reached to incorporate a few extra school days into the calendar to avoid the same issues next school year. Continue reading
Plans for the $14 million renovation project at Eastern Pulaski Schools are nearly finished. Superintendent Dan Foster says the architect is putting the final touches on things. Plans include securing the main entrances to the schools, upgrading the restrooms and replacing the floors in both gyms. Once the design is finalized, the project will be let for bid. Foster says they want to do a full 30-day process since it is so extensive. Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski School Board will consider final plans for the $14 million campus renovation project when they meet this evening. The project includes upgrades to the elementary, middle and high schools. Main entrances will be secured and restrooms will be updated. Planned classroom improvements include changing chalkboards to marker boards and replacing windows. Both gyms will be updated with new floors and other electrical improvements. Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski School Board will review the final design for the proposed $14 million building renovation project when they meet this evening. It includes upgrades to the elementary, middle and high schools. Main entrances will be secured and restrooms will be updated. Continue reading
Members of the Eastern Pulaski School Board did not reach a definite decision Monday evening about whether to allow firearms on school property. Last year a change in Indiana law allowed concealed weapons with a permit to be in locked cars on school property. This prompted school boards all over the state to consider whether weapons should be allowed within the schools. The policy would not apply to students, just to a designated group of faculty members who would have to undergo training and psychological evaluation.
Superintendent Dan Foster offered his opinion to the board. Continue reading