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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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Knox School Board Handles Financial Items

Knox-School-Board-2014The Knox School Board met Monday night to approve items that help operate the school corporations’ finances.

Knox Superintendent A.J. Gappa described the meeting as taking care of regular business. The Board approved a measure transferring 2014’s capital project fund into the 2015 fiscal year.
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The Crossing Begins New Semester, Works Toward Greater Communication

The CrossingA new semester started last week at Starke County’s newest alternative school.

The Crossing Educational Center began operations in August of last year, and resumed classes for the spring semester last Monday. The school provides an alternative setting for students who often find themselves struggling in public schools.
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CNA Classes Upcoming at Ancilla College

Ancilla College NEWA new semester at area schools is bringing another opportunity to meet qualifications to become a Certified Nursing Assistant at Ancilla College.

Ancilla is offering the CNA courses beginning February 2nd, but spots are still available for those interested. CNA’s have opportunities to work in long-term care, in home, hospitals, and doctors’ office facilities in the workforce.
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College Success Coalition Looks to Improve Educational Access

 Starke County organizations are being asked to help provide more students and adults access to higher education

The College Success Coalition is newly formed and is sending a steering committee to attend workshops in Plymouth. Starke County will join about 20 other Indiana counties for the sessions as they develop the coalition.
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Elected Officials Look Ahead to New Session

Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Statehouse

Revenue projections for the state of Indiana have area representatives thinking about items to tackle during the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

The state budget committee reviewed revenue forecasts in December, showing a 2.3-percent uptick in 2015 and a 2.4-percentage point increase the following year.
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Open House for The Crossing

The CrossingThe new alternative faith-based school, the Crossing, hosted an open house Wednesday at their location in Knox. So far about 10 students are enrolled to attend. They will be hosting another open house today from 8 a.m until 3 p.m at the old Sears store in the Mint Leaf Plaza off of U.S. 35.

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Back to School Immunization Requirements

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Local School Receives a Four Star Rating from the Indiana Department of Education

!!!Indiana Department of EducationCulver Community Schools received the highest honor that the Indiana Department of Education offers for their 2013/14 school year. Recently the school received an unexpected letter from director of accreditation at the IDOE. Continue reading

Keep Your Child’s Reading Skills Sharp this Summer

6-27-14 Summer Reading picA recent survey of one-thousand parents revealed that only one in three read with their child every night and half admitted that their children spend more time with TV or video games than with books. As daunting as those statistics may be, the staff at Henry F. Shricker Library in Knox is doing their part to get kids excited about reading.

The head of the children’s department at the library Janine Tuttle-Gassere warns of the dangers of going a whole summer without reading.

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Register for Classes at the Winamac Adult Learning Center

6-27-14 Adult Learning Center picIf you’re looking to further your education, the Winamac Adult Learning Center is offering classes that prepare individuals for the new Indiana High School Equivalency Test, formerly the GED.

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State Finds $320 Million in Corporate Tax Revenue

Mitch Daniels’ administration recently announced that $320 million dollars had been found in corporate tax revenue. Daniels blamed a computer error for the reason why the money was just recently found. The money had been accumulating for about four years.

At the time of the announcement, the governor said it may signal a refund for taxpayers.

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Some Indiana Teachers Frustrated with Red Tape

Education in Indiana in the 21st Century is not the satisfying profession it was 25 years ago according to Dennis Norman, the Area 1 Director of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.  Norman visits with retired and current teachers and administrators as he travels throughout his nine county area and he tells us what they’ve been telling him about what they’re feeling today.

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Public Speaks Out Against Monterey Elementary Closure

Emotions were running high at the Culver Community School Board meeting this week, as supporters of the Monterey Elementary school vehemently defended the school in the face of possible closure. This issue was discussed because of a need to reduce expenses in order to meet budget cuts from the state level in the amount of $855,928 over two years.

Culver School Board

Culver Community School Board Members (from left to right) Jack Jones, Ryan Seiber, Ken Vandeputte, Brad Schuldt, Eugene Baker, Marilyn Swanson, and Ed Behnke.

The Culver Community School Corporation has a number of options to explore in order to meet this new budget. Some of the options mentioned included increasing revenue through a referenda, in which the school tax rate would be raised $0.11  per $100; the use of the Rainy Day Fund, which has a current balance of $980,000; and decreasing expenses through budget reductions, such as closing Monterey or cutting positions.

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