Pulaski Drug Free Council May Have More Grant Funding Available than Expected

The Pulaski County Drug Free Council will be able to give out more grant funding this year than previously thought. Drug Free Council Member Sandy Lucas told the county council Monday that the group had budgeted $8,000 for the year. But she said according to the auditor, the fund has actually collected almost $13,500 in substance offense fees over the past year.

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BraunAbility Secures Lease to Continue Winamac Operations

Pulaski County’s largest employer is committing to its Winamac operations. BraunAbility executives have announced that the company has secured a 15-year facility lease with the Braun family that includes three extension options. That’s according to a Facebook post Tuesday from the Pulaski County Community Development Commission. The company has also approved a significant expenditure for office remodeling, according to the CDC.

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Kankakee-Yellow River Basin Commission to Host Informational Meeting in LaCrosse Today

Residents have another chance to learn about future plans for the Kankakee and Yellow rivers today. The Kankakee River Basin and Yellow River Basin Development Commission will host another in a series of informational meetings. It will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. CST at The Center of LaCrosse at 100 South Washington Street.

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Rep. Gutwein Introduces Bill to Help Fund Pulaski County Courthouse Renovations

Now that the Pulaski County Commissioners have recommended a path forward for courthouse renovations, discussions about how to fund it will begin in the county council and the Indiana General Assembly. State Representative Doug Gutwein has introduced legislation that would allow a special income tax that’s currently in place to pay for the Justice Center to be extended until 2036 to fund courthouse renovations.

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West Central School Board Considers Sixth Grade Transition Back to Elementary School

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 be considered.

“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 School. 

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.