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Eastern Pulaski School Board to Meet Today

 The members of the Eastern Pulaski School Board will approve action items concerning contracts and the building project in a meeting this afternoon.

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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Holds Productive Work Session on Building Project

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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Moving Forward with Large Project

 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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Advertisement of 2015 Budget

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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board to Meet Today, School Starts Tuesday

 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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board to Tackle Several Topics

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board will consider a policy concerning the possession firearms on school property.

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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Adds J.E.S.S.E. Staff to Payroll

 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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Additional Appropriation for Change to Calendar Budget

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board held a public hearing during their meeting Monday requesting an additional appropriation.

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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Secondary Contract with The Crossing

The CrossingThe 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.”

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Holds Discussion on Calendar Year Budget

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board held discussion on the calendar year budget during their meeting last week.

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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Contract for Dietician

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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board to Consider Contract with The Crossing

 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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Bus Purchase, Teacher Retirements

Dan Foster

Dan Foster

The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved the purchase of two new school buses during their meeting this week.

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.

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Schools Look to Make Up One More Day

Dan Foster

Dan Foster

Another day of classroom instruction was lost at our local schools yesterday as a severe winter storm entered the area with a vengeance.

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.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Purchase of iPads and Cases

Dan Foster

Dan Foster

The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved the purchase of 310 iPads and cases in the amount of $148,490.

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.

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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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Eastern Pulaski School Corporation to Operate on Calendar Year Budget in 2015

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board members approved a resolution to move from a recognized fiscal year budget to a calendar year budget.

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.

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