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 Police Cracking Down on Cars Blocking Streets Near Elementary, Middle Schools

Yellow areas are where students are to be dropped off. Green areas are where traffic flow is expected. (graphic provided by Knox City Police Department)

Knox School officials are beginning to see some success with updated drop-off and pickup procedures. Previously, cars had been lining up on local roads around the elementary and middle schools. Knox City Police have asked elementary school parents not to arrive to pick up students before 2:20 p.m. Officers say any cars standing on Culver Road will be issued a ticket.

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Bowen Center to Provide Mental Health Services to Knox High School Students


The Knox Community School Corporation has entered into another agreement for mental health services. Last month, the school board approved a one-year contract with Porter-Starke Services for the elementary and middle schools, with the understanding it could be expanded to the high school in the future. But during this week’s meeting, board members approved a contract with the Bowen Center for services at the high school.

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The Lowe’s Operation Playground Project at KCES is Complete!

Some brand new playground equipment will be waiting for Knox Elementary School students when they return to class this August.

Back in March, the elementary school was awarded approximately $40,000 through the Lowe’s Operation Playground grant. The grant money was put toward new equipment and additional funds raised by the Lil’ Redskins Fan Club covered the cost of installation and mulch. Continue reading