The first official public hearing over Knox Community Schools’ proposed $20 million building project drew no comments during Tuesday’s school board meeting.Continue reading
No major concerns were raised during a public presentation on the Knox Community School Corporation’s proposed building project Monday. Current plans call for the demolition of the elementary school’s Palmer Wing, and the construction of a new addition extending south from the newer portion of the school.Continue reading
The Knox School Board took another step forward with a potential building project Monday. Board members authorized the publication of notice of the official public hearings set to take place next month. They’re a required step, in order for the school corporation to secure financing for the project.Continue reading
Local residents have a couple chances to learn about Knox Community Schools’ proposed building project this month. Public input sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 9 and Monday, April 22.Continue reading
A new Starke County treasurer will be selected during a Democratic Party caucus tonight. Kay Chaffins, Debbie Keiper and Tammie Taulbee are vying to fill the seat, according to the Starke County Clerk’s Office. The winner will replace Kasey Clark. She stepped down to take over as treasurer for the Knox Community School Corporation.Continue reading
Starke County Democrats will be choosing a couple new officials during a caucus next week. County Treasurer Kasey Clark recently resigned to take over as treasurer for the Knox Community School Corporation. Additionally, Kenny Wallace says he’s stepping down from his position of Starke County Democratic Party chair.Continue reading
Knox Community School Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart updated the school board members on the state of the 2018 budget last week.
He said he was satisfied with the numbers.Continue reading
Knox City Council members amended the Salary Ordinance for 2019 in order to account for a new School Resource Officer position.Continue reading
Indiana’s 2018 graduation rates were released by the Department of Education Wednesday. Of Starke County’s school corporations, Knox had the highest total graduation rate at 98.6 percent, while Oregon-Davis had the lowest at 80 percent.Continue reading
As facility upgrade talks continue at the Knox Community School Corporation, the next major step in the process will involve putting community members in the driver’s seat of discussions.
Thomas Neff and Eric Wolf, representatives of the architecture and engineering firm Schmidt Associates, came before Knox School Board members Wednesday evening to go over the vital role that the school corporation’s community task force will play in this process. Continue reading
A longtime bus driver for Knox Community Schools has been chosen to take over as transportation director. Tara Pitts was officially appointed to the position by the school board last week, at the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart. “For those of you who haven’t met Tara, she’s been a bus driver with us for . . . 20 years,” he said. “And so she has lots of experience with us and now moving into the transportation director’s seat, and she’s up and running.”
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.
The upcoming Manufacturing Day events in Starke County will be covered in part by a Purdue IN-MaC micro grant.
Knox City officials have noticed an excessive amount of drivers ignoring the speed limits posted around the schools and they’re preparing to crack down on the problem.
In his report during Tuesday’s city council meeting, Mayor Dennis Estok addressed the issue. He explained that students aren’t the only offenders. Apparently, some bus drivers, parents and other adult motorists are also guilty of traveling too fast in the area. Continue reading
A recent study of the facilities included in the Knox Community School Corporation revealed that some changes will need to be made to the buildings in order to optimize space utilization and site effectiveness.
When Schmidt Associates’ representative Tom Neff discussed the results of the facility assessment with Knox School officials on Monday, he suggested some potential next steps to take.
One thing Neff highlighted was the need to get the most out of an investment. He noted that spending money on outdated components that require continuous maintenance and upkeep wouldn’t be as beneficial as investing in a more permanent fix. Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation continues its efforts to step up school safety, with some help from the State of Indiana. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the corporation’s two schools will each be getting a handheld metal detector, as part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s program to provide them free of charge to schools around the state.
Knox School Board members will hold a public work session this evening at 5:30 p.m.
School officials are meeting to review and discuss results from the facilities study conducted by Schmidt Associates. Continue reading