Oregon-Davis Receives Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant

The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is the recipient of a $30,000 grant. The funds from the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students aim to increase the number of K-12 students in Indiana who are emotionally healthy, realize academic success, graduate from high school, complete some sort of postsecondary training and are prepared to compete and prosper in our global society. Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Accepting Transfer Students

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingThe Oregon-Davis School Corporation is accepting transfer student applications for the 2016-17 school year. The passage of Indiana’s expanded voucher program a few years ago cleared the way for students to attend public schools outside of their home district. State tuition money is paid to the corporation where the child is enrolled on the two student count days. O-D Interim Superintendent Jim Dermody says enrollment will be governed per Indiana State Student Transfer guidelines. Continue reading

New Program Aims to Curb Truancy


The Starke County Prosecutor’s Office, juvenile probation department and child protection services are joining forces with local schools in an effort to address truancy issues. Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff says this is becoming a significant problem in some schools, where students have anywhere from 30 to 40 unexcused absences. Beginning with the new semester that starts this week, he says the new program will offer a step-up approach. Continue reading

Starke County K9 Performs Routine Sweep at Local School

K9 handler Rob Olejniczak and Terror perform a search
K9 handler Rob Olejniczak and Terror perform a search

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department K9 did a routine sweep at the Oregon-Davis School Corporation on Thursday morning.

Handler Rob Olejniczak took K9 Terror around the corporation to search for possible drugs in lockers and the parking lot. No evidence of any illegal drugs was found.

Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and the officers are appreciative of the school’s effort to keep Starke County a safe environment. Principal Tim Pletcher and School Resource Officer Frank Lonigro were also recognized for their efforts.

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Schools to Make up Missed Days of School

 Schools closed three days last week due to weather which means students will be making up those lost days of instruction.

West Central School Superintendent Don Street explains what his corporation will do to make up those days.

“Feb. 16 and April 20 are two snow make-up days we have. We’re also exploring the possibility of e-learning days and designate Saturdays as a possibility to make up future days missed,” said Street.

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Teacher Performance Grants Awarded to Several Local Schools

Indiana Department of EducationEducators at several local schools will receive a share of the $30 million in Teacher Performance Grants awarded by the state to more than 1,300 schools. Funds were given to schools with students earning ISTEP+ or end of course assessment passing scores of 72.5 percent or above or with a growth in graduation rates of 5 percent ore more from the previous year. Teachers who are rated effective or highly effective under Indiana’s teacher evaluation system for the 2013-2014 academic year will be paid based on student performance. Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Teacher Sentenced in Michigan on Drug Charges

 An Oregon-Davis teacher will serve 18 months on probation in Michigan after pleading guilty to numerous felony offenses. Eric Christopher Baierl, 31, of South Bend, was sentenced Friday in Cass Circuit Court, according to the “South Bend Tribune.” He pleaded guilty to bringing contraband into the Cass County Jail, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana and an open container violation. Baierl was also ordered to pay $1,046 in court costs. Continue reading

The Crossing Set to Open Next Week in Knox

The CrossingStarke County’s newest school is set to open on Friday, Aug. 1. The Crossing has leased the old Sears retail location south of Knox on U.S. 35 for it’s alternative school. The mission statement on the Goshen-based nonprofit organization’s website says The Crossing believes in “empowering struggling students to become contributing members of their communities through academics, job training and faith-based mentoring.” Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Students Surpass Mini-Relay Goal

20140530_134900Each year the Oregon-Davis School Corporation does their part for cancer research by collecting donations for the American Cancer Society.

Elementary school special education teacher Roberta Salyer is responsible for starting the program and for keeping it running for ten years now. Last year the school raised $1,200 for ACS. This year their goal was $1500. Classrooms had donation jars in them over the last few weeks and people could make donations at yesterday’s mini relay for life.

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Oregon-Davis School Board Approves Additional Make up Day

Greg Briles
Greg Briles
The Oregon-Davis School Board members discussed when to make up the final missed day of instruction due to inclement weather.

Superintendent Greg Briles said the teacher’s association agreed to add the day to the end of the school calendar and the board approved that recommendation.

“March 12, the day that we missed, will be made up on June 4 which will be finals day and the last day for students,” explained Briles. “Our teachers’ last day will be June 5 and graduation will be Friday, June 6.”

Briles added that this solution would best fit the corporation out of all of the options made available by the state.

Oregon-Davis School Board to Meet Tonight

Greg Briles
Greg Briles
The Oregon-Davis School Board will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT in the Susan G. Rowles Board Room in the administration building on the school’s campus.

The board members are expected to discuss a number of topics including consideration of school services agreement with The Crossing which is an alternative school. A presentation of the curriculum by the CEO of The Crossing, Rob Staley, was held March 6 at the Knox Community School Corporation where two members of the Oregon-Davis School Board were present, along with High School Principal Tim Pletcher and Superintendent Greg Briles. Continue reading

Balanced Calendar Public Meetings Set This Week

More informational sessions on a balanced calendar are set for this week.

Community meetings are set for Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET at the Walkerton Elementary School; Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. CT at the Oregon-Davis Board Room; Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. ET at the Culver High School; March 13 at 6 p.m. ET at the Argos Administration Building; and March 13 at 7 p.m. ET at the John Glenn High School.

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