Knox School Board Celebrates Four-Star Status


The Knox School Board last night applauded the announcement of the receipt by the High School of a “4 Star School” rating from the Indiana Department of Education.

To achieve this designation the school must be in the top 25-percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories, as well as earn the highest designation in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the IDOE.

The local school has prepared t-shirts celebrating the accomplishment. Signs, bumper stickers and window cards are expected to follow. Knox is the only school in Starke County to achieve this honor.

Knox High School Principal Dr. Elizabeth Ratliff lauded the students, parents and grandparents of the students, and teachers for their efforts. The board then called attention to the work done by Dr. Ratliff and Superintendent A.J. Gappa.

A group of patrons overflowed the board room to express their support for Girls Basketball Coach Neil Minix, who was the focus of criticism by a similar group last month. Supporters speaking included parents, students, teachers and the coach’s spouse.

Tammy Taulbe, speaking for the KCES PTO, gave the results of the playground equipment inspection and inventory.

High School Commencement is scheduled for this Friday, June 10, in Weinberg Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

Personnel Report:


Middle School Athletic Director,Tim Knowlton; 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, Devin Garbison; High School FACS Teacher, Carmen Holderfield; Middle School Science teacher, Melissa Heim; and two Recess Aides, Katie Mann and Brenda Lauderback.


Barbara Fogarty, substitute food service and Ruth Bailey, KHS Summer School Aide.


Extracurricular appointments included Cody Binkley, Head 8th Grade Boys Basketball and Melissa Porawski, head varsity Cheer Coach.