The Knox Community School Corporation has realized significant savings by dropping the insurance on their one-to-one technology devices. Continue reading
A local school corporation will soon be looking for a new superintendent. Continue reading
Knox Elementary School will be getting an outdoor learning center. Superintendent A.J. Gappa says an outdoor chalkboard, seating, and landscaping will be installed on the west side of the school. Continue reading
Future Knox kindergarten students had the chance to meet their teachers and learn about their new school. Superintendent A.J. Gappa estimates 65 potential students and their families attended the elementary school’s recent kindergarten family night. Continue reading
The Knox Community School Corporation will once again observe a balanced calendar for the upcoming school year. Superintendent A.J. Gappa says classes for students will start Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 and end May 25, 2018. Continue reading
The Knox School Board has approved the purchase of two new school buses. Superintendent A.J. Gappa says the school corporation is getting a 78-passenger Bluebird bus for a cost of roughly $92,000, as well as a 48-passenger Bluebird wheelchair lift bus for around $98,000. Continue reading
Some employees at the Knox Community School Corporation will be getting a raise. Superintendent A.J. Gappa says a 1.5-percent pay increase for all classified staff members was approved by the school board Monday. He says the change will go into effect in 2017. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Funds, raised for the purchase of elementary school playground equipment, estimated to be as much as $22,000, are alleged to be unaccounted for, according to Charlene Libbey and Shelly Kemble, representatives of the Lil’ Redskins Booster Club.
Speaking at the Knox School Board meeting last night, the representatives of the currently school-authorized booster club continued their efforts to recover funds from the officers of the former KCES parent-teacher organization. Continue reading
When the Knox School Board met last night, Knox School Superintendent A.J. Gappa discussed the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. A starting date of August 4, 2016 for students was proposed; a fall break of October 17-21 or October 10-14, subject to a state required testing schedule; Christmas break, December 21 to January 5; spring break, March 21-31. Classes are scheduled to end June 1st. Graduation date will be June 9, 2016. Continue reading
“Project Attend,” a plan to improve school attendance of truant students, was discussed by the Knox School Board last night. Under the plan, school officials can inform the court of the student’s attendance records, grades, behavior and what they view is the problem as to why students are not attending regularly. Continue reading
Knox School Board Discusses Insurance Options
The annual expense and coverage of the Knox School Corporation’s property and casualty insurance programs were reviewed last night for board members by Mark Aldus for the Educational Service Center Risk Funding Trust (ESCRFT). It’s a cooperative self-insurance program service for some 40 school systems in Indiana. Area schools already in the insurance co-op include Argos, Plymouth, South Central, Eastern Pulaski, the JESSE Cooperative and several others. At the next board meeting the current carrier will make its presentation for renewal of coverage. Continue reading
The Knox Federation of Teachers (KFT) and the Knox Community Schools have ratified a document that provides for a “status quo” agreement for the current year. The document follows last year’s contract. The School Board ratified the agreement last night; the KFT approved it on September 30th. Continue reading
After a successful “open house” and “back to school night,” all three Knox school principals reported last night, at a school board meeting, that the events “went well” and they saw many smiling faces. Superintendent A. J. Gappa reported an “air of optimism” in the halls about the new balanced calendar, as did board members.
While an official count of students will be made later, Gappa said a look at early registration indicates an increased enrollment and that additional computers may have to be ordered for high school students. Continue reading
Students in the Knox Elementary School will enjoy art classes in the 2015-16 school year, after a Tuesday clarification of Monday night’s school board vote in a reduction in force recommendation. If approved, art instruction would have been moved to the classroom. Continue reading
A fugitive who fled from a Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy after a traffic stop yesterday caused the confusion about whether Knox High School was on lockdown. Continue reading
Good news! The decision, last night, to refinance the Knox school system’s pension bond will save an estimated $185,000 for taxpayers over the life of the bond, according to Superintendent A.J. Gappa. Continue reading
Knox High School’s 112 senior candidates for graduation will complete their high school careers in services at the Weinberg Gymnasium, Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Principal Dr. Elizabeth Ratliff also reported to the Knox School Board Monday that seniors will receive their earned honors in a Friday morning program, the 22nd, at the High School gymnasium. The public is invited to the 8:15 a.m. activity. Continue reading
The Knox School Board reviewed building plans and proposed budget figures for the elementary school addition project with a representative of the architectural firm of Barton-Coe-Vilamaa when it met Monday night. Bids will be considered on March 24th, Construction is expected to start at the end of April. Continue reading
The Knox School Board’s attorney for the past decade, William Satterlee, of Valparaiso, Monday night attended his last meeting in that role. In an emotion filled statement, Satterlee expressed his gratitude for the opportunity of working with the Knox School Board. Each of the board members and the administrators responded with complimentary remarks about the legal work done for them. Continue reading