K9 handler Rob Olejniczak and Terror perform a search
The Starke County Sheriff’s Department K9 did a routine sweep at the Oregon-Davis School Corporation on Thursday morning.
Handler Rob Olejniczak took K9 Terror around the corporation to search for possible drugs in lockers and the parking lot. No evidence of any illegal drugs was found.
Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and the officers are appreciative of the school’s effort to keep Starke County a safe environment. Principal Tim Pletcher and School Resource Officer Frank Lonigro were also recognized for their efforts.
Schools closed three days last week due to weather which means students will be making up those lost days of instruction.
West Central School Superintendent Don Street explains what his corporation will do to make up those days.
“Feb. 16 and April 20 are two snow make-up days we have. We’re also exploring the possibility of e-learning days and designate Saturdays as a possibility to make up future days missed,” said Street.
Educators at several local schools will receive a share of the $30 million in Teacher Performance Grants awarded by the state to more than 1,300 schools. Funds were given to schools with students earning ISTEP+ or end of course assessment passing scores of 72.5 percent or above or with a growth in graduation rates of 5 percent ore more from the previous year. Teachers who are rated effective or highly effective under Indiana’s teacher evaluation system for the 2013-2014 academic year will be paid based on student performance. Continue reading
An Oregon-Davis teacher will serve 18 months on probation in Michigan after pleading guilty to numerous felony offenses. Eric Christopher Baierl, 31, of South Bend, was sentenced Friday in Cass Circuit Court, according to the “South Bend Tribune.” He pleaded guilty to bringing contraband into the Cass County Jail, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana and an open container violation. Baierl was also ordered to pay $1,046 in court costs. Continue reading
Starke County’s newest school is set to open on Friday, Aug. 1. The Crossing has leased the old Sears retail location south of Knox on U.S. 35 for it’s alternative school. The mission statement on the Goshen-based nonprofit organization’s website says The Crossing believes in “empowering struggling students to become contributing members of their communities through academics, job training and faith-based mentoring.” Continue reading
Each year the Oregon-Davis School Corporation does their part for cancer research by collecting donations for the American Cancer Society.
Elementary school special education teacher Roberta Salyer is responsible for starting the program and for keeping it running for ten years now. Last year the school raised $1,200 for ACS. This year their goal was $1500. Classrooms had donation jars in them over the last few weeks and people could make donations at yesterday’s mini relay for life.
The Oregon-Davis community meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 3.
Snow played a role in canceling the previously scheduled community meeting, but Superintendent Greg Briles said a spaghetti dinner, complete with a Caeser salad and garlic bread, will be served and several discussion items will be presented to community members.
The Oregon-Davis School Board members discussed when to make up the final missed day of instruction due to inclement weather.
Superintendent Greg Briles said the teacher’s association agreed to add the day to the end of the school calendar and the board approved that recommendation.
“March 12, the day that we missed, will be made up on June 4 which will be finals day and the last day for students,” explained Briles. “Our teachers’ last day will be June 5 and graduation will be Friday, June 6.”
Briles added that this solution would best fit the corporation out of all of the options made available by the state.
The Oregon-Davis School Board will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT in the Susan G. Rowles Board Room in the administration building on the school’s campus.
The board members are expected to discuss a number of topics including consideration of school services agreement with The Crossing which is an alternative school. A presentation of the curriculum by the CEO of The Crossing, Rob Staley, was held March 6 at the Knox Community School Corporation where two members of the Oregon-Davis School Board were present, along with High School Principal Tim Pletcher and Superintendent Greg Briles. Continue reading
More informational sessions on a balanced calendar are set for this week.
Community meetings are set for Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET at the Walkerton Elementary School; Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. CT at the Oregon-Davis Board Room; Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. ET at the Culver High School; March 13 at 6 p.m. ET at the Argos Administration Building; and March 13 at 7 p.m. ET at the John Glenn High School.
Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School
With only two months left the school year, it’s time to start thinking about enrolling your child into kindergarten or into preschool.
Kindergarten and preschool registration for Oregon-Davis students will be Wednesday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at the elementary school.
It’s the goal of school leaders and community members to ensure that every child has a successful chance at achieving the maximum amount of learning possible in order to make every child a productive member of society.
While a majority of students achieve that, others fall through the cracks. Home lives may be disruptive which leads to unsuccessful learning and bad life choices, or a child may not have what it takes to learn in a traditional school setting. The Crossing alternative school takes those struggling kids and helps them succeed in becoming a successful student.
A community meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12 to inform the Oregon-Davis school community about several items of interest.
According to Superintendent Greg Briles, the future of technology will be discussed along with next year’s scheduling in the Junior/Senior High School and Elementary School. The pros and cons of a balanced calendar will also be brought forth during this meeting.
Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School
The Oregon-Davis Lady Bobcats are going to play in the state girls basketball tournament in the Hulman Center on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
Tickets for the game go on sale today at noon and are $15. Officials at the Oregon-Davis High School will have tickets available for purchase.
The student body will have a pep session for the girls team at the end of the school day on Thursday. A community send-off will be held for the girls as they leave the school for the tournament on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.
Oregon-Davis will play Vincennes Rivet Patriots in the state championship game on Saturday, March 8 at 9:30 a.m. CT.
The winter season has caused school corporations to cancel several days of school since Jan.1. School boards are weighing their options in how to make up those lost days.
The Oregon-Davis School Board discussed this very topic and Superintendent Greg Briles said some days will need to be added to the end of the school calendar.
“We did have school on Monday, Feb 17 but we missed on Feb. 18, unfortunately, so we’re going to add three days to the end of the school year,” explained Briles. “We’re going to be going to school on Friday, May 30; Monday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 3. The last day for students will be June 3, teacher record’s day will be June 4 and graduation will be June 6 at this present time.”
The Oregon-Davis School Board is continuing to work with the Davis Township Trustee in returning a piece of land to the township.
Superintendent Greg Briles said the township has some specific plans for the property.
The weather on Monday caused the postponement of several government and school board meetings. Many of those have been rescheduled.
The Starke County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in the Starke County annex building. EMA Director Ted Bombagetti will have an update for the commissioners, updates will be given on the proposed sale of property in Parkview Heights to the city of Knox, plus a report on landfill monitoring results. Commissioner Kent Danford will provide a report on the meeting of the Knox planning commission and permit fees. The automatic renewal of Kone Elevator’s service contract and a proposed amended agreement from Lawson-Fisher regarding the County Road 300 East and State Road 8 project are also on the agenda for this meeting.
Two local school boards will hold meetings tonight to discuss various items.
The Knox Community School Board will hold a public hearing tonight at 6:30 p.m. regarding the Knox Middle School being categorized a priority school. The board will also discuss weather related make-up days and the Crossing Alternative School.
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.
Oregon-Davis School Superintendent Greg Briles indicated that the start of 2014 has been a little hectic with the weather, but it’s been productive for the students and staff as they settle into the second semester.
The school board met in special session Monday afternoon to reorganize for the new year. Briles said there were no changes made in the makeup of the board.