The West Central School Board members took time last week to
discuss a possible move of the sixth grade from the Middle/High School back to
the Elementary School.
Superintendent Dan Zylstra said there are several points to
“A sixth grade self-contained class is a little more efficient personnel-wise than having it split up,” explained Zylstra. “There’s something to be said for maintaining elementary kids up one more year, but you lose some of the diversity of course offering too. Sixth graders are pretty big for Elementary School. At some point they kind of size out of that.”
Elementary School Principal Mike Carlson said if the sixth grade
were to return to the elementary school it would not impede on space.
Middle/High School Principal Scott Ritchie said discipline
is handled differently at his school where he believes sixth grade students
aren’t ready for that environment.
Ritchie commented, “What we expect out of our students there is a little different just because those guys are still small and still have a lot of energy bundled up inside of them. At other times I don’t think it’s their fault, they’re just not ready for that environment of walking the hallways freely without somebody with them.”
He added that the lunch lines are very long which creates a
problem. Timing would accommodate the
change at the Elementary School, if approved.
When it comes to staffing, Carlson added that he’s heard
from at least one sixth grade teacher who wants to go back to the Elementary
School while Ritchie said more teachers may want to stay at the Middle/High
No decisions were made last week, but Zylstra indicated that
the board may need to decide during their next meeting in February when the
2020-2021 school calendar is up for consideration.
The Culver Town Council members held more discussion on a
request to reduce the pump-and-haul rate paid by the East Shore Corporation to
treat waste at the Culver Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) event is scheduled for today in Francesville.
The Culver Town Council members will meet tonight where they will further discuss a request made by the East Shore Corporation to lower the amount the corporation is paying to treat waste from the failed wetland disbursement site in the Culver Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The West Central School Board members reviewed a proposed Naloxone
policy during their board meeting Thursday night.
The Comfort Closet initiated at the West Central High School in the fall is a success.
The National Weather Service has scaled back the threat of
flooding in this latest weather event.
The West Central School Board members considered the
purchase of new doors at the elementary school.
Superintendent Dan Zylstra said the purchase is over
$200,000, but a Secured School Safety grant award in the amount of $100,000
will be used toward the claim.
He stated in a previous meeting that the classroom doors are
original to the building. Some doors
will be keyed differently to secure different parts of the building and the grant
funds will also help with that cost.
The school board unanimously approved the requisition as
The board also unanimously approved the renewal of computer
licenses as listed in the requisitions list.
Emergency Management Agency Directors in Marshall County
and Starke County warn residents of weather hazards
with the amount of rainfall predicted in the next few days.
A La Porte County fugitive
and a woman were arrested early Thursday morning following a stand-off with
police in Michigan.
The Starke County Election Board members opened a public
hearing Wednesday morning to hear comments concerning a possible switch to Vote
Centers with a vote on a draft plan later in the meeting.
The West Central School Board members will consider a
naloxone policy when they meet tonight.
The Starke County Election Board members are expected to
vote on the proposed Vote Center Plan in a meeting this morning at the Starke
Two people were arrested in Plymouth early Tuesday morning after the Plymouth Police Department was alerted of an alleged theft in progress at Walmart.
The Culver Town Council members held a public hearing last
week concerning a request to amend a traffic ordinance that regulates traffic
around the Culver Schools during student drop-off and pick-up times.
Max’s Playhouse owner Brandy Pohl purchased two residences at
454 North School Street
and 450 North School Street
for day care services. The homes are on
the east side of the street, opposite of the school corporation. She asked the town council members to amend
the traffic ordinance to allow two-way traffic on School Street during pick-up and drop-off
times so it accommodates her clientele by not having students cross the
street. The current ordinance restricts cars
from going north from Lake Shore
Drive to College
Avenue during the time periods of 7:45 a.m. to
8:15 a.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
If the ordinance is not amended then she said at the time
that she would need to install a parking lot, to which the surrounding
homeowners are opposed.
In a work session held last week, Pohl updated the council
to say that the Board of Zoning appeals denied a parking lot at 454 School Street,
but said she could put in a driveway with three parking spots and a
Culver Community School Superintendent Karen Shuman
commented that the number one priority is student safety and that one-way
directional traffic is best in that area.
Culver Police Chief Wayne Bean also stressed safety and that one-way
traffic on School Street
during student drop-off and pick-up should stay intact.
Pohl argued that elementary school students can simply be
let off at the school while parents at her preschool have younger children that
need to be taken into the facility and they need to give instructions to update
the staff on the status of toddlers and infants.
In the end, the option of making School Street a two-way street during
school drop-off and pick-up was not feasible.
A driveway was found to be the best option, and an update will be
provided in a future meeting.
The Culver Town Council members considered a request to
encumber funds from the 2019 budget to the 2020 budget for the purchase of
items for the Culver Police Department and the Culver-Union Township Fire
Town Manager Jonathan
Leist gave the town council members an update on the projects within Culver’s
Stellar Communities Designation plan.
The company expected to work on upgrades to the Knox Wastewater Treatment Plant plans to start mobilizing equipment soon.
Culver Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim asked the town council
members last week to approve several utility write-offs.
A request to reduce the pump-and-haul rate the East Shore
Corporation is paying the Town of Culver
was tabled Monday night.