While the official student count day isn’t expected until September with a second count to be conducted in February, the Eastern Pulaski School Board was counting on good student numbers on the first day of school to gauge where the numbers stand.
That count has not been released, but Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman stressed that student count is important as funding follows the student.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board agreed to move forward with a concept for a school safety grant equipment purchase that will be submitted to the Pulaski County Safety Commission.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman explained that the $50,000 matching grant would be used to fund several equipment upgrades at the buildings. The grant money would be used to upgrade the security camera system to record digital images, to install a keyless entry system for all staff at the elementary school, to install a new box for emergencies that directly notifies EMS, and to devise a mechanism to display emergency plans in all classrooms.
Details of the contract offer for the next Eastern Pulaski School Corporation superintendent will be outlined during a public hearing prior to this evening’s school board meeting. The finalist will not be identified by name, but state law requires a public hearing be held to present terms of the offer. In this case they include a base salary of $100,000 for a 260-day year for the next three years. The school board will review the superintendent’s performance annually, and if he or she is evaluated as either highly effective or effective they may grant a base salary increase.
Tony Bennett resigned from his position as Florida’s Education Commissioner Thursday amid an Associated Press report that revealed he had changed the grade of Christel House, a charter school run by major Republican donor Christel DeHaan, while in Indiana. In resigning, he denied any wrongdoing.
Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman said it was a sad day for education and for Bennett and his family.
“It’s a very sad day educationally when the chief educational officer gets involved in the political arena and it basically cost him his job,” stated Klitzman. “Education has its goals and aspirations and politics has a purpose and a role. They’re not together and I think that why in recent years in Indiana, and continually I might add, we’re going down that path that I think is the wrong path for student learning and what our mission is in education.”
Oregon-Davis Interim Superintendent Greg Briles offered this statement:
“I am concerned that the system his administration has put into place for Indiana schools is flawed and needs an overhaul,” stated Briles. “I am confident that the current administration will take a serious look at the A-F system and make the changes necessary for Indiana schools to hold their heads high. Our communities have great parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members that want the schools they represent treated fairly and given the respect they deserve for the efforts being put forth by everyone.”
Republican Governor Mike Pence has urged the Indiana Department of Education to complete a thorough and timely review of the questions surrounding the 2011-12 A-F letter grades and report its findings at the next State Board of Education meeting in August.
It’s amazing how fast time goes. Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman said the time is drawing near for the start of the new school year as he gave information about school registration to the school board this week.
“We are only within five weeks of the start of school,” said Klitzman. “Our registration for students starts Aug. 2 and runs through Aug. 7. The first day for staff is actually on Monday, Aug. 12 and the first day for students is Aug. 14.”
The Eastern Pulaski School Board members discussed their budget during their meeting this week. The school corporation operates on a fiscal year budget and Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman stated that the board shifted some money around to make sure all line items were in the black.
The menus are constantly changing at schools to encourage healthier choices.
More vegetables are being offered to students to help improve healthy eating and to tackle child obesity issues. Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman noted that changes were made last school year and more changes are expected on plates this coming school year.
Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman informed the school board about a study being conducted in the special-ed co-op. He said it appears that there will be some movement from what they have now to a decentralized system where each member school will employ their own teachers and instructional assistants.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board heard a report on the First Lady of Indiana’s visit to the Eastern Pulaski Elementary School.
The school was recently named a four-star school and Karen Pence toured the school in May and talked to the students and teachers. Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman explained that she was impressed with the school.
Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman signed a Memorandum of Understanding Monday night that pertains to the board’s search for a new superintendent.
Klitzman stated that it takes time to search for a new superintendent and there are certain processes that need to be followed. The board is taking their time to find the right candidate for the school corporation.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved summer school programs at their recent meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman stated that one class will be P.E. for high school students.
“They can have that credit completed during the summer in a fashion where they have three and four hour blocked time,” explained Klitzman. “With just a little imagination and creativity, you can see how much more things that opens up and that you can do with that block of time.”
The Eastern Pulaski School Board will be meeting in another work session tonight to further discuss criteria to be used in the Superintendent selection process.
The board had met April 23 to put some initial thoughts on paper and Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman will present those ideas again tonight to refresh discussion and initialize more input from the board on what they expect of his successor.