The Oregon-Davis School Corporation has updated its policies on bullying, dyslexia screening, and administrative leave, among others. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the school board approved a number of policies recommended by policy consultant NEOLA, during Monday’s meeting.
Three local schools saw their letter grades decline in the latest round of School Accountability Grades. Knox Middle School and West Central Elementary School both got a D for the 2017-2018 school year, down from a C the year before. North Judson-San Pierre Elementary dropped from a B to a C.
School officials will have a chance to contest their A-F accountability grades this year, following a decision made by the Indiana State Board of Education. When board members met this month, they approved procedures that will allow Indiana schools to appeal their upcoming A-F grade. Continue reading
Mentoring and retaining young teachers is the goal of a new partnership involving the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation and the Indiana Department of Education. Eastern Pulaski Superintendent Dan Foster says the DOE is putting together a handbook to help with that effort, and the school corporation has been asked to join in.
The Knox School Board got an update last week on a pair of state grant programs. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Peggy Shidaker said the $50,000 Secured School Safety Matching Grant the corporation recently got will help pay for a new fire/surveillance system at the high school.
Another two area school corporations have officially adopted a homeless education plan, as required by the Indiana Department of Education. Last week, the Eastern Pulaski and Knox school boards both approved their McKinney-Vento District Plan.
The Indiana Department of Education is seeking participants for the 2018 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Rural areas such as Starke, Marshall and Pulaski Counties, are especially in need of services to help combat childhood hunger.
This program provides funding assistance to meal service sites in low-income areas where children may lack access to good nutrition during the summer months. Continue reading
Those thinking about becoming a teacher are now getting some extra encouragement from the Indiana Department of Education. This week, the department announced the launch of a teacher recruitment and retention campaign. At the heart of that are two new websites designed “to promote positive educational resources and interactions,” according to department officials.
In his report to the school board last week, West Central School Superintendent Don Street said the Indiana Department of Education notified school districts that tuition support monthly payments will be less.
“The Indiana State Budget for education is less than the total tuition support payments for the schools that have reported,” said Street. “So, we’ll see how that continues with our state legislature.”
Some Knox teachers will be getting a little extra money from the State of Indiana. The Knox School Board approved the distribution of Teacher Appreciation Grant monies this week, according to Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart. Continue reading
On Wednesday, the Indiana State Board of Education(SBOE) approved several new graduation pathways for Hoosier high school students beginning with the 2019 freshman class.
Though these changes have been a topic of contention lately, the Board states that they were designed to give all students the skills and experiences they will need to take the next step in their educational journeys and to secure good jobs. Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski School Corporation continues to see progress on a few facility upgrades. Superintendent Dan Foster told the school board last week that the new elementary gym floor is finally done, after some earlier delays. Continue reading
West Central High School was recently recognized for the success of its dual credit courses. It was one of 130 schools honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick last Monday, during a Dual Credit Ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.
Culver Community School Board members received a brief enrollment report from Superintendent Karen Shuman when they met Monday night.
According to the Indiana Department of Education enrollment report, Culver Community Schools had a total enrollment of 840 students in 2016. Shuman shared that after comparing this year’s number to last year’s, she found the school corporation has nine more students in general. Continue reading
Three local elementary schools saw their letter grades decline in the latest round of School Accountability Grades. Oregon-Davis, Eastern Pulaski, and West Central elementary schools all got a C for the 2016-2017 school year, down from a B the year before. Culver Community Middle/High School also went from a B to a C.
The Indiana Department of Education does an annual student count in schools and their findings are used to determine state funding. When the average daily membership count took place at North Judson-San Pierre on Friday, September 15th, the ADM count was 1,031 students. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin said that for the first time in about 10 years, the school corporation saw an increase in their enrollment figures. Continue reading
The Knox Community School Corporation is reporting good results from its recent eLearning practice. The system is designed to let students work on assignments from home, when school is closed due to weather. Knox schools tested it earlier this month, and then followed up by sending a survey to parents, teachers, and students.
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation’s new telehealth center is up and running. It allows sick students to be seen remotely by a licensed health care provider without leaving school, thanks to an agreement with HealthLinc.
The Knox School Board has finalized arrangements for next month’s summer school classes. On Monday, board members approved a list of 19 summer school teachers and aides. However, Interim Superintendent Jim Dermody explained that each middle and high school class will only be offered if at least 15 students sign up, due to Indiana Department of Education funding guidelines. Continue reading