After the last special meeting, the board members met in an extended work session to fine tune the building project that includes all buildings to upgrade them to future education standards. Security upgrades will be done as well as classroom improvements and heating and cooling.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board met for a lengthy work session after Monday afternoon’s public hearing concerning the rehabilitation projects at the elementary, middle and high schools.
The board approved paperwork to move forward in updating heating and cooling systems at the school buildings, replacing gym floors, updating all of the classrooms for technology purposes and educational settings, plus creating a more secure entrance at each building for the safety of students and staff members. Energy saving measures are also planned. The anticipated combined project cost is $14 million.
Superintendent Dan Foster said the process has been delayed with the new evaluation system.
Superintendent Dan Foster said the $34,000 grant will be used for safety upgrades at the schools.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board members are looking to dive into a large-scale project soon. Gibraltar, a design and architectural engineering firm, talked to the school board Monday evening about the project that is anticipated in the next year.
Superintendent Dan Foster explained some of the things that are expected to be part of the project.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board gave permission to advertise their first-ever calendar year budget.
The corporation just recently moved to a calendar year budget after having operating on a fiscal year budget for several decades. The decision to move was prompted by a difficulty with using state software to do budgets. Now only one school corporation in the state remains on a fiscal year budget.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board will meet tonight where the three school principals will have reports on the start of school. The staff has undergone professional development and the principals will be discussing what the teachers have been doing to prepare for the beginning of the school year. The first day of school is tomorrow.
In a previous meeting, the school board members discussed this because a change in Indiana law allowed concealed weapons with a permit to be in locked cars on school property. The change allowed school boards to consider whether weapons should be allowed within the schools. The policy wouldn’t apply to students, just a designated group of faculty members who have gone through proper training.
The Logansport J.E.S.S.E. Co-op is de-centralizing and since the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation is a part of that co-op the Eastern Pulaski School Board had to make some clarification and housekeeping changes regarding some staff members.
The school board approved a change from a fiscal year budget to a calendar year budget. A fiscal year budget has an operation from July 1 to June 30. With the change to a calendar budget, the school board won’t have funds to operate from July to December as the corporation makes the transition.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board signed a secondary contract for students to participate in The Crossing alternative school in Starke County. Superintendent Dan Foster said it’s a pay-as-you-go agreement.
“As we use it, we’ll pay for those students we’re sending,” said Foster. “We don’t have to commit a certain number and that’s simply right now because we’re in between locations. If they get the one going there in Starke County, and there’s one in White County, but there’s not one right here yet. It’s hard for us to commit because we may have a student that lives in the southern part of our district that could be 45 minutes to an hour to get up to Starke County. As things progress, that could certainly change.”
Superintendent Dan Foster explained that only two school corporations in the state operate on a fiscal year budget and Eastern Pulaski is one of those two schools. The board recently approved a measure to move the school from a fiscal year budget to calendar year budget to come in line with state software and other advantages. He said the switch may get a little tricky.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved a contract with Educational Service Center and hired Kaylyn Herrold as a Dietician to aid the cafeteria staff.
Superintendent Dan Foster said she can help the staff in keeping up with federal guidelines.
Superintendent Dan Foster said a few courses will be offered this summer.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board has started a discussion about The Crossing which is a school that helps educate students who have dropped out of school, transitioned to home school or who were expelled at one time during their educational career.
Superintendent Dan Foster stressed that the board is only in the discussion phase at this point.
Superintendent Dan Foster said the money will come out of the bus replacement fund that was approved for this year’s budget.
The corporation will be trading in two buses and accepted the lowest bid from Midwest Transi.
Freezing rain and snow prompted local school officials to cancel school and plan for yet another makeup day.
Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dan Foster said the school board already has set make up days for previous canceled days of school.
Superintendent Dan Foster explained that the seventh grade students were the first to get iPads and then it expanded to the eighth grade and the ninth grade. Now, all high school students will have iPads. The IT director told the board that as soon as he programs each individual iPad, they will be ready for use by the students, which could be yet this month.
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.
Superintendent Dan Foster explained the school corporation is one of two school corporations in the state that operate on a fiscal year budget which is from July 1 to June 30. All other school corporations in the state follow a calendar year budget which is from January to December.