After an early morning accident at a Fulton County bus stop left three children dead back in October, some local school officials think a time zone change could improve student safety.
The Culver School Board is looking for a new member. The At-Large B seat is becoming vacant on February 4, according to a school corporation press release. Ryan Sieber was just reelected to that seat last month.
The Culver School Board is reviewing the way staff members get paid for eLearning days. A revised eLearning policy was presented during last week’s board meeting, according to Superintendent Karen Shuman. “We’re making sure that we are fair to all types of district employees, when it comes to being paid on eLearning days or not being paid on eLearning days,” she explains.
Culver Community High School students are advancing their language skills, while having the chance to earn college credit. The school board got an update Monday on one of the school’s new course offerings, according to Superintendent Karen Shuman. “We did have our AP Spanish students come and talk to our board because that’s a new program that we’re offering this year,” she says, “and so they went over the rigor and the content of that course.”
The Culver Community Schools Corporation is asking for input on next year’s school calendar. “There’s going to be a survey that’s going to go out next week,” Superintendent Karen Shuman says, “to make sure that we get community and parent input on our school calendar for the ’19-’20 school year.” She says school officials don’t have any specific changes in mind yet, but instead would like to make a decision based on the data received from the survey.
The Culver School Board has finalized preparations for the new school funding structure. Starting January 1, each school corporation’s General Fund will be replaced by an Education Fund, while the Capital Projects, Transportation, and Bus Replacement Funds will be combined into an Operations Fund.
The Culver School Board has decided to move ahead with requesting formal proposals for energy-savings upgrades. Board members have heard presentations from a few companies. Last week, they decided to take the next step by advertising a request for qualifications from guaranteed energy savings providers.
The Culver Community Schools Corporation’s purchase of a new bus hit another procedural snag that had to be corrected by the school board Thursday. School officials have decided to replace an extra bus this year. The bus in question was originally scheduled for replacement in 2020.
Culver Schools Superintendent Karen Shuman says Tuesday’s referendum was a “great community effort.” Voters in the school district approved the 17-cent property tax increase by a margin of 1,370 to 1,012.
The Culver Community Schools Corporation continues to look into potential energy savings upgrades. Last month, the school board heard a proposal from Performance Services. Last week, it was Trane’s turn.
The Culver Community Schools Corporation is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but school officials are also looking to the future, as next month’s referendum approaches. Superintendent Karen Shuman passed out special 50th anniversary pins to school board members Monday. “It is a significant end, when we talk about the referendum, that we wish to be here in 50 years,” she said, “and as you’ve seen, the signs have gone up.”
Culver Community Middle/High School’s new main entrance will be ready when students return from fall break next week. Superintendent Karen Shuman told the school board Monday that Principal Brett Berndt and his staff are using the break to move into their new office area.
The Culver School Board finalized a policy for the use of metal detectors Monday. Superintendent Karen Shuman says the three handheld metal detectors the school corporation received from the state will simply be another tool for administrators to use for a potential search.
The Culver School Board is expected to finalize a policy on the use of metal detectors tonight. The school corporation received three handheld metal detectors, as part of the state’s program to provide them free of charge to Indiana’s schools. The proposed policy stipulates that the devices may only be used by school administrators in cases where there is reasonable suspicion, according to Superintendent Karen Shuman.
The Culver School Board held a public hearing Monday on the school corporation’s 2019 budget. Superintendent Karen Shuman says one of the major factors will be the outcome of next month’s property tax referendum. “So with those, we hope to be sustainable in all our funds, with the referendum passing,” she says.
Construction work continues at Culver Community Middle/High School. Superintendent Karen Shuman says upgrades to the restrooms across from the high school gym are 50-percent complete. “We are hoping for an October 15th completion date of those restrooms,” she says.
Culver Community Middle School is working to achieve a “STEM school” designation. To help with that effort, school officials will soon be attending training sessions, with more coming up in January, according to Superintendent Karen Shuman.