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Knox Superintendent Discusses Proposed Elementary Project

A final public hearing on the renovation and addition project for the Knox Elementary School is scheduled for Monday, November 3rd. Superintendent A. J. Gappa explains the proposed 5,500 square foot addition.

“When the referendum failed a year ago, plan B was as things go along and failed,” explained Gappa. “We had to fix them but that can become expensive in the long run. One of our major perceived needs was our kitchen situation where we have a 60-year-old cafeteria doing all the cooking and then carting the food down for the half of the building at the west end serving and warming the food at that point in time.”

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Knox School Board to Hold Budget Hearing Tonight

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Knox School Board

The Knox Community School Board will meet in special session tonight to discuss regular business and to hold a public hearing regarding the all funds budget.

If anyone has any comments on the published budget, the board will take them under consideration during the hearing. A budget adoption will occur in October.

The board will also consider an authorization for a project hearing and approve a teacher document of agreement.

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Knox School Board Receives Update on First Week of School

 The Knox Community School Board received an update on the first week of school when they met this week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the principals gave building reports and said it was a smooth opening week of school.

“Other than some minor bus on the first day getting the elementary students on board and then getting to the middle school, which is now the last school dismissed this year and is a change from last year, everything else has gone very smoothly,” said Gappa.

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Knox School Board Updates Firearms Policy

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Knox Community School Board

School board members in the area have been implementing a new policy that pertains to firearms on school property.

The Knox Community School Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the school board on Monday night approved a policy that reflects state law.

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Knox, North Judson-San Pierre Schools Ready for New Year

 Summer is almost over for students attending area schools.

Knox Community School Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the staff is nearly ready for the start of school.

“Everybody is trying to get everything ready,” said Gappa. “The building administrators are getting things going. We have some professional development days this week for all of the staff members. New teachers are coming in Friday and all staff members will report on Monday, Aug. 11. We also have back to school night from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in each of the buildings. Parents can come in and meet the teachers and see what the classrooms are like and get going from there.”

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Knox Community School Board to Meet in Work Session Tonight

The Knox Community School Board will not have a regular school board meeting tonight. Instead, the board members will have a work session to talk about the elementary facility study.

According to Superintendent A.J. Gappa, the board is expected to discuss different options that the board can move forward with after receiving information in the facility study that was done on the elementary school prior to the referendum.

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Knox School Board Spotlights Archery and Hunter Safety Courses

The Knox Community School Board members heard a presentation on the high school’s hunter education and archery programs during their meeting last week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said Rob Krueger, Jake Skelly and DNR Representative Zachary Howerton gave the presentation about the hunter safety class that’s offered to sophomores and an archery class.

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Knox Community School Board Members Discuss Middle School Air Conditioning Units

 The Knox Community School Board members discussed the air conditioning units at the middle school during their meeting this week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the units are getting older and showing some great wear and tear. The company has offered the corporation a special program.

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Knox Community School Board Approves Contract with The Crossing

The CrossingThe Knox Community School Board members discussed entering into a contract with The Crossing alternative school during their meeting this week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said The Crossing is a second-chance opportunity for students who have dropped out of high school, been expelled or transitioned to home school. Education is delivered in a way that best fits students.

Gappa confirmed that the board is moving forward to help those students.

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Knox School Board Approves Courses to Pave Way for Grant

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board is looking into applying for a Project Lead the Way grant for a new course at the high school.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the grant would be for a bio-medical science course.

“If we were to receive this grant, then we would have to offer, over the next couple of years, four new courses that are not currently in the course description book,” said Gappa. “We had the board approve these courses: Principles of Bio-Medical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Bio-Medical Innovation. The board did this just in case we were to receive the grant and then we’d be prepared to offer the courses.”

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NWEA Results Relayed to Knox School Board Members

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board members heard from Elementary Principal Glenn Barnes and Middle School Principal Dave Miller who presented the NWEA analysis during the board’s recent meeting.

The Northwest Evaluation Association, or NWEA, test is a state-aligned computer-based testing system which adapts to the child in real-time as the test progresses for a pinpoint picture of learning achievement and readiness.

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Knox School Board to Hold Balanced Calendar Community Meeting Tonight

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board is hosting a community meeting tonight in the high school cafeteria to discuss the proposed balanced calendar with parents, students and the general public.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said this is simply an informational meeting.

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Knox School Board to Hold Meeting to Gather More Info on Alternative School

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board will host an informational meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. CT in the administrative office in the elementary school with members of The Crossing alternative school.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the purpose of the meeting is for The Crossing officials to speak to the board members in more depth about the alternative school.

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Alternative School Considered for Starke County Students

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Knox Community School Superintendent A.J. Gappa presented some information to the school board last week about The Crossing alternative school.

Gappa said that The Crossing is a second chance program to get students involved in school.

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Knox Community School Board Approves Makeup Days

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board members approved school makeup days for the rest of the school year.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the board reviewed a memo released by the Department of Education regarding options on how to make up those days.

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Public Hearing Held on the Categorization of the Knox Middle School

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board met on Thursday of last week which is a deviation from their regular board meeting night. The usual Monday night meeting was canceled due to severe winter weather. It was rescheduled for Thursday where the board held a public hearing to take comments on the Knox Middle School being a priority school.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said by law the categorization of the school warranted a hearing for public comment.

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Knox School Board Spotlights JAG Organization

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board heard a presentation about the JAG program during their meeting Thursday night.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the Jobs for American Graduates organization at the high school boasts over 40 students and it has seen success in its infancy.

“The instructor, Molly Dollahan, and two of the students came in to give a report,” said Gappa. “This is the first year the program has been implemented in Knox. I believe we have 42 high school students as part of the program. It’s in conjunction with Workforce Development and it really helps students prepare for careers and jobs beyond high school. Recently, some of our JAG students participated in a career development conference and they had some different competitions. Two of the students who were at our board meeting talked about the competitions they participated in and some of the first place awards they received.”

Valuable Instruction Time Lost due to School Delays

 There isn’t a limit on how many times a school corporation can call a delay to the start of school due to weather or other necessity, but there could be action on that sometime down the road.

Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dan Foster told the school board Wednesday morning that as of Wednesday, there have been 15 school days this school year where instruction started two hours late due to weather. Foster noted that that time adds up – that’s 30 hours of school instructional time lost because of weather. That’s valuable time of instruction, but the state does not require corporation to make up that time.

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