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Culver Schools Find Enrollment Estimates Inaccurate, Affecting Funding

Culver Community School CorporationEstimates under Indiana’s proposed school funding formula have Culver schools taking a hit on revenue.

Representatives of the school corporation were invited to the statehouse for the third reading of House Bill 1001 in February. That bill deals with the state’s biennial budget, but includes allocations for education.
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Culver School Board Accepts Significant Donation

CulverHSFunds promised in November of last year have received approval by the Culver School Board.

The group reviewed donations to be received during their meeting last night. Among the donations was $50-thousand that will help with the start-up costs for Project Lead the Way. Funds were given by the Culver Redevelopment Commission.
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Department of Education Issues New ISTEP Requirements

Calls for reduced test times have prompted the Indiana Department of Education to issue guidance eliminating certain questions from the ISTEP test.

The reductions come shortly after new rules were adopted by the Indiana General Assembly. Those alterations, however, come close to the actual testing dates.
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Amid Concerns, Oregon Davis Approves Balanced Calendar

Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka.  (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai

Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka. (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai

A rescheduled meeting did nothing to quell the debate among board members of the Oregon-Davis School District.

The group, like many other school corporations, considered a balanced calendar proposal that would put their class days more in line with area vocational schools and other school corporations.
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NJ-SP Schools See Benefits of Balanced Calendar

North Judson-San Pierre Admin buildingThe North Judson-San Pierre School Board has decided to follow suit and adopt their next school year calendar.

During last night’s meeting, the group reviewed the proposed balanced calendar. The balanced calendar removes time during the summer to allocate days off more evenly throughout the school year. Continue reading

Culver Schools Continue Area Trend For Balanced Calendars

CulverHSThe Culver School Board has decided to take action similar to neighboring school corporations.

During last night’s Board of Education meeting, members agreed to adopt a balanced calendar. The balanced calendar allows for shorter summers, but often requires more frequent breaks during the school year.
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Ancilla Student Uses Skills in Woodworking and Business

Ancilla College NEWOne Ancilla College student is combining their education with a bit of woodworking skill.

Sophomore Andrew Huff will begin selling long boards at Culver Marina and Outpost Sports in the near future. Under his company: Huff & Puff Board Co., he uses reclaimed wood to manufacturing the devices. Long boards function similarly to a skateboard, but the extra length provides greater traction and stability.
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Education Bill Favors New Testing Standards, Reporting Requirements for Private Schools

Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Statehouse

A bill introduced in the Indiana Senate could make the playing field between public and private schools a bit different.

That’s according to North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson. Senate Bill 470 would allow for schools eligible to accept choice scholarships to use another nationally recognized assessment as opposed to the ISTEP program.
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Community Foundation Offers Area Students Scholarship Opportunities

A deadline is approaching for students interested in scholarships from the Starke County Community Foundation.

The organization says it has about 30 scholarships available for Starke County students to pursue post secondary education. According to a press release, more than $55-thousand was distributed in 2014.
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Group Asking For Donations to Complete Downtown Beautification Project

Time is running out for donations to be made that will help complete a downtown project in Knox.

30 high school seniors have been working on plans to develop a Serenity Garden. That space is expected to be completed this spring before classes let out for the summer. The project aims to beautify the Knox downtown.
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Success Coalition Defines Goals, Prepares for Next Meeting

 The Starke County Success Coalition has developed a few areas of focus they hope will improve access to post-secondary education.

The newly formed group is looking to provide greater access to technical training and apprenticeships, as well as college. Their efforts apply to both youth and adults in Starke County.
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Schools Making Decisions on Snow Day Make-ups

Plenty of snow accumulation cancelled school yet again in the Kankakee Valley on Monday.

Due to the number of snow days taken, some school corporations now have some decisions to make on just how they plan to make up even more days of class days. In Indiana, no fewer than 180 instructional days can be held.
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Financial Reform Leads to Course, Graduation Increases

Ancilla College NEWMore Hoosiers are graduating college on time.

That’s according to a report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The report says that since financial aid reform was adopted in 2013, the number of college students taking and completing the minimum number of courses needed to graduate on time has increased by double digits.
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School Choice Week Recognized with Events

 In conjunction with national efforts, Indiana Governor Mike Pence has issued a proclamation recognizing this week as Indiana School Choice Week.

The movement organizes events that look to inform parents about the K-12 education options available, and to point out a few of the benefits for choice in education policy.
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Culver Schools To Make-up Snow Days

Culver Community School CorporationThe number of snow days taken in Culver Schools has now affected the school calendar.

The Culver School Board, Monday night, approved a measure that attempts to make up a day lost to the weather by having students attend class on Good Friday – which was previously part of the extended spring holiday weekend.
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