That count has not been released, but Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman stressed that student count is important as funding follows the student.
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.
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.
“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.”
Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman stated that the corporation has to accept every student with very little restrictions.
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.
The board members voted to hold two meetings next week to discuss a proposed contract for a new superintendent. The board will be holding negotiations soon.
The board also discussed the Affordable Care Act.
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.
Every year, says Klitzman, the school board gives out a $1,000 scholarship.
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.
Current Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman announced his retirement in March and will leave the corporation after his contract expires June 30. He has been at the helm for the past 26 years.
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.”
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman explained that the corporation will be applying for Title One and Higher Ability federal grants.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman said this is always the high point of the entire school year.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman advised that the board tabled his request for the contract extensions at this time.
The Eastern Pulaski School Board met in special session this week to discuss criteria for the selection of a new superintendent.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman said the board made a tentative timeline for the application process and the hiring of a new superintendent.
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.