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N.J.-S.P. Hopes to Cut Budget Without Layoffs

Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert
Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board could vote next month on proposed cuts to the budget necessary to slash more than $1 million from the general fund. Corporation business manager and treasurer Guy Richie says they’re trying to eliminate positions instead of jobs. “If somebody retires, we are eliminating the position if at all possible,” Richie told the school board. “That way no one has lost an income. They retired and we didn’t bring anybody back in. That was our first concern that we did not go into our employees pockets out of this. I think we’ve done a good job when you look that we’re going to cut a million dollars next year and have not yet told a single employee they do not have a job here.” Continue reading

NJ-SP Board to Discuss Budget Reductions, Alternative School

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

North Judson-San Pierre School Board members are faced with the formidable task of slashing $1.2 million from their budget. That’s the amount of money the state is cutting from the corporation’s general fund due to a decline in enrollment. Discussion of proposed budget reductions is one of several items on the agenda for tonight’s school board meeting. Superintendent Lynn Johnson previously told WKVI news that the general fund is 85 percent salaries and benefits. Options Johnson previously mentioned include not filling vacancies created by retirements or resignations, reductions in force, non-contractual salary freezes, increasing class sizes and reducing or eliminating extracurricular activities.

Board members will also discuss The Crossing, which is the proposed Starke County Alternative School. Other agenda items include approval of the 2014-2015 school calendar, the superintendent’s contract and facility fees for the upcoming school year. The N.J.-S.P. School Board meeting starts at 7 p.m. CDT in the central office meeting room.

Knox School Board to Meet, Public Meetings Scheduled This Week for Balanced Calendar Discussion

The Knox Community School Board will meet tonight with a light agenda.

The board members will receive an update on the results of the NWEA test as well as a presentation on the Biomedical Science course addition at the high school.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT in the administrative office in the Palmer Wing of the Knox Elementary School.

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Missed School Days May Affect School Calendars

If below-zero temperatures and accumulating snow keep up in the Kankakee Valley, days may be added to school calendars this May.

When school officials generate a school calendar for the year, several days are built into the calendar to be used as school make-up days. These are days in which students may have off if weather-related school closures are not needed.

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NJ-SP Schools to Undergo Technology Upgrade This Weekend

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation is moving toward the future as they plan to undergo upgrades to their network infrastructure this weekend. Superintendent Lynn Johnson said that because of the increase in technology being used by students, teachers, administrators and everyone else on a daily basis, the networking infrastructure in place throughout the corporation is no longer able to suit their needs. Because of that, the corporation must undergo the upgrade in order to keep up with the demands of technology.

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NJ-SP Superintendent Happy With ISTEP Scores

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

The ISTEP results are in for school corporations across the state and according to the superintendent of the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation, the corporation did very well and showed growth in multiple areas. Lynn Johnson said she’s happy with the scores, especially the combined score for English/Language Arts and Math, which came in with an improvement over last year of four percentage points.

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NJ-SP Superintendent Responds to Bomb Threat

NJ-SP High SchoolPolice and school officials are following up leads as to who left a written bomb threat at North Judson-San Pierre High School last night. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says the perpetrator will be dealt with swiftly and severely both by the school and the authorities. The school handbook outlines punishment up to expulsion. If the person who left the note is over 18, he or she could be prosecuted as an adult. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Discusses State Grades

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation may have gotten a decent grade from the state, but Superintendent Lynn Johnson said they’re not quite satisfied. The corporation as a whole received a B grade from the state, while the elementary school received an A, the middle school a B, and the high school a C. On top of that, Johnson said the school received value added for growth in language arts and math, and while it was a good report card, she feels the model still needs work.

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Slight Rise In Lunch Prices At North Judson-San Pierre Schools

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board approved an increase in the school lunch prices for this coming school year, but Superintendent Lynn Johnson said it was a small increase.

“We do see some slight increases and they are minimal as far as lunch prices,” said Johnson. “We have been behind with our increases and we’re trying to catch up just a bit. It’s just a slight increase.”

The prices are going up due to the inflation in the cost of food and a new diet guideline from the state.

“We are trying to get much healthier choices and the cost of food does increase over time. We do try to keep those at a minimum. Parents and families with multiple children know it’s an expense. We do try and keep that down as much as we can.”

Indiana Retired Teachers Asssociation Meets

Dennis Norman

The Indiana Retired Teachers Association members in Starke and Pulaski counties recently met and those who attended the meeting had an opportunity to hear Lynn Johnson, Superintendent of the North Judson-San Pierre School system, talk about the state of education in Indiana today.

Dennis Norman, the Area 1 Director for the Association, said the Association was established 61 years ago to work for retired teachers pensions. He explains how the pension plan was funded.

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North Judson-San Pierre, Oregon-Davis Schools to Suffer Huge Budget Cuts in 2011-2012 School Year

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson

“It’s just devastating.” That’s the way North Judson-San Pierre School Superintendent Lynn Johnson and Oregon-Davis School Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney described the cuts these two systems will have to make in the 2011-2012 school year.

Lynn Johnson talked about the cuts to her system.

“We are possibly losing $1.2 million,” said Mrs. Johnson. “For a small school, that is a devastating amount.”

Dr. Steve Disney

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