No Major Concerns Voiced with Knox Schools’ Building Plans during Informational Meeting

Tom Neff with architectural firm Schmidt Associates discusses Knox Schools’ proposed building project during an informational meeting Monday.

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.

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Knox School Board Receives Grants from Starke County Community Foundation

Starke County Community Foundation Director of Development Jessica Martinović presents checks to School Board President Kirk Bennett

More than $18,000 in grant funding was presented to the Knox School Board Monday. The school corporation is once again getting $15,000 for Kindergarten Countdown from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Peggy Shidaker told board members that the Countdown camp is designed for any incoming kindergarten student who hasn’t attended preschool.

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Knox School Board to Review Recommendations of Facilities Task Force Tonight

The Knox School Board will continue to discuss potential facility upgrades during a work session tonight. Representatives from architectural firm Schmidt Associates will share the results of the findings of a community task force. The group met five times between December and March to review the existing facilities and determine some goals for the future.

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New Parking Lot Entrance Proposed to Improve Traffic Flow at Knox Middle School

Efforts to resolve traffic issues at Knox Middle School continue. During Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart discussed the idea of adding a new parking lot entrance on Main Street. “We’ve been trying to separate car and bus traffic at the middle school,” he explained, “where we could bring in either buses or cars and have them exit right out onto Main Street.”

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Knox Community Schools Accounts Earned Over $121,000 in Interest in 2018

The Knox Community School Corporation made more than $121,000 in interest off of its cash reserves in 2018. Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart gave the annual investment report to the board of finance Tuesday. “On our checking account through the calendar year 2018, we’ve received $116,139.16 in interest, which is awesome,” he said, “because a few years ago, we were getting nothing, almost, out of that.”

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Knox School Board Considers Potential Locations for New Electronic Message Board

Knox School Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart presents rendering of proposed electronic message board to school board members

The Knox School Board has decided to hold off on the purchase of an electronic message board until firmer plans are in place for a potential building project. During a recent meeting, Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart said possible changes to the corporation’s facilities, including the potential demolition of part of the elementary school, have caused him to rethink the sign’s location.

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