N.J.-S.P. Teacher Receives Grant for Bicentennial Program

Indiana BicentennialA local teacher recently received a grant from the Northern Indiana Community Foundation to help fund an upcoming Indiana Bicentennial celebration. Donna Rowe teaches fourth grade at North Judson-San Pierre Elementary. That’s when students get their first formal exposure to Indiana history. Rowe says the $300 grant will offset the cost of a Bicentennial celebration on Dec. 9th. Continue reading

N.J.-S.P. Board Approves School Improvement Plans

BluejayThe two principals at North Judson-San Pierre schools have finalized their school improvement plans ahead of the state’s Dec. 1 deadline to submit them.

Even though ISTEP scores are still embargoed, both elementary Principal Mike McBride and junior/senior high school Principal Jim Polite are anticipating sub-par math scores.

McBride did tell the school board Tuesday that 98 percent of 3rd graders passed the IREAD test, and other indicators point to strong reading proficiency. Continue reading

N.J.-S.P. Strategic Plan Group Sets Goals

BluejayThe North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation’s strategic planning group has come up with three main goals. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin told the school board this week they will serve as the foundation for the group’s effort to market the corporation. The group’s first goal is to improve school and community relations. For instance, Zupin says students can find a way to be involved in the upcoming North Judson town Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Another suggestion was to extend next fall’s homecoming celebration to include the entire community. Continue reading

Adventure Island Preschool to Lease Space at Former N.J.-S.P. Middle School

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Adventure Island Preschool will join the Starke County Community Foundation as a tenant of the former N.J.-S.P. Middle School

The former North Judson-San Pierre Middle School building will have another new tenant come January. The school board voted last night to lease the former family and consumer science classroom to Adventure Island Preschool through May for $350 per month. Continue reading

N.J.-S.P. Board to Remain Appointed for Now

BluejayOverwhelming public support of an elected North Judson-San Pierre School Board was not enough to overcome the estimated $15,000 cost to transition from the current appointed body. Members voted four to one last night to maintain the status quo. The most recent appointee, Derrick Stalbaum of Rich Grove Township, cast the lone vote in favor of transition via community committee. Continue reading

Elected or appointed? N.J.-S.P. Board to Decide Tonight

BluejayThe North Judson-San Pierre School Board is expected to announce tonight whether they favor a transition to an elected school board or would prefer to keep the current appointed process. Members have spent the past several weeks gathering public input on the topic via Google survey and a special meeting last week for that sole purpose. Most of the comments offered during that session favored an *elected board. Continue reading

N.J.-S.P. Board Schedules Work Session

BluejayThe North Judson-San Pierre School Board will discuss whether or not to transition to an elected board during a work session meeting this evening. The 6:30 p.m. session is open to the public, but no formal action can be taken. Members plan to review input from residents offered via Google survey as well as comments shared during a public meeting last week held for the sole purpose of letting the public weigh in on the contentious topic. A total of 10 people spoke, with seven favoring an elected board. Continue reading

Public Comments Favor Elected N.J.-S.P. School Board

Elected school board advocate Matt Bailey addresses the North Judson-San Pierre School Board.


Members of the public who spoke during last night’s North Judson-San Pierre School Board meeting expressed overwhelming support for an elected board. The five-member appointed panel is meeting Monday evening for a work session to discuss next steps and will announce during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 whether they will voluntarily transition from an appointed to an elected body. Continue reading