The West Central School Corporation could save over $50,000 by refinancing its wind turbine bonds. The school board recently held a work session with a bond consultant from Baker Tilly, according to Superintendent Dan Zylstra.Continue reading
The Knox Community School Corporation may add a number of items to its building project, after bids for the site work and building construction came in under budget.Continue reading
Culver Community Schools may soon be getting new roofs. The school board discussed some potential projects during a work session Monday, according to Superintendent Karen Shuman.Continue reading
The Culver Town Council members held a public hearing last week concerning a request to amend a traffic ordinance that regulates traffic around the Culver Schools during student drop-off and pick-up times.
Max’s Playhouse owner Brandy Pohl purchased two residences at 454 North School Street and 450 North School Street for day care services. The homes are on the east side of the street, opposite of the school corporation. She asked the town council members to amend the traffic ordinance to allow two-way traffic on School Street during pick-up and drop-off times so it accommodates her clientele by not having students cross the street. The current ordinance restricts cars from going north from Lake Shore Drive to College Avenue during the time periods of 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
If the ordinance is not amended then she said at the time that she would need to install a parking lot, to which the surrounding homeowners are opposed.
In a work session held last week, Pohl updated the council to say that the Board of Zoning appeals denied a parking lot at 454 School Street, but said she could put in a driveway with three parking spots and a turn-around.
Culver Community School Superintendent Karen Shuman commented that the number one priority is student safety and that one-way directional traffic is best in that area. Culver Police Chief Wayne Bean also stressed safety and that one-way traffic on School Street during student drop-off and pick-up should stay intact.
Pohl argued that elementary school students can simply be let off at the school while parents at her preschool have younger children that need to be taken into the facility and they need to give instructions to update the staff on the status of toddlers and infants.
In the end, the option of making School Street a two-way street during school drop-off and pick-up was not feasible. A driveway was found to be the best option, and an update will be provided in a future meeting.
Hamlet officials continue debating how to get a new home built on a piece of town-owned land at Lincoln and Pearl streets. During last week’s town council meeting, President Dave Kesvormas once again suggested selling the lot and then refunding the purchase price once a home is built to the town’s specifications.Continue reading
The Culver School Board has approved a plan to separate the athletic director position from the middle/high school assistant principal position. The approval came during a special session Monday, following a discussion during a work session.Continue reading
With the start of the school year approaching, the Culver School Board will be considering some personnel items tonight. Board members are expected to discuss personnel during a work session scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EDT. Then, they’ll convene a special meeting at 7:00, where personnel items may be approved.Continue reading
As the Oregon-Davis School Corporation considers potential facilities upgrades, some parents are thinking outside the box, to find ways to keep costs down. During a facilities tour Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Don Harman noted that the baseball field could use a new press box, as well as some other improvements, while the bleachers at the track need a new foundation to help with drainage issues.Continue reading
Upgraded heating and cooling systems, a new secure entrance, and some athletic facility improvements are some of the needs that the Oregon-Davis School Corporation will have to address in the coming years. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman and Head of Maintenance Scott Taylor led the school board on a facilities tour Wednesday.Continue reading
To try to keep the Oregon-Davis School Corporation’s finances in the black, parents are now brainstorming ways to boost enrollment. During a school board work session Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Don Harman said the pace of the enrollment decline has exceeded the projections he made during the referendum discussions in late 2017.Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Board will look at some of the challenges facing the school corporation during a work session tonight. Following a facilities tour, board members will hear presentations on the strategic action plan and the corporation’s finances.Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Board is being asked to step up its recruitment and retention efforts. During Monday’s discussion about a proposed high school administrative restructuring, several community members felt the school corporation needed a long-term strategy for addressing ongoing enrollment decline.Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation may be getting a new softball field and a renovated administration building in the coming years.Continue reading
Input from a community task force has led to some tweaks to Knox Community Schools’ facilities proposals. Tom Neff with architectural firm Schmidt Associates reviewed some of the task force’s suggestions with the school board during a work session Monday.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
The Culver-Union Township Fire Department still needs another $100,000 for a new aerial truck. After finalizing specifications, Fire Chief Terry Wakefield says the department has settled on a 101-foot ladder truck. “We thought we wanted a basket,” he told the town council during a work session Tuesday. “We kind of went away from getting a basket. What we did was we came up with a vehicle that fits in our station, that we won’t have to alter the height or width of the doors.”Continue reading
Culver officials will meet tonight to discuss plans for the purchase of an aerial fire truck. The Culver-Union Township Fire Department had hoped to raise $200,000 in donations, but only got about $169,000 by the end of the fundraiser in November. Money has continued coming in, though, and Fire Chief Terry Wakefield is expected to give an update to the town council tonight.Continue reading
Culver-Union Township EMS will have to wait until February for a decision on its proposed rate increase. Back in October, EMS Director Kathy Hart presented proposals to raise rates by 20 or 25 percent. But up until now, no public hearing has been scheduled to move ahead with the process.Continue reading
Discussions continue at Knox Community Schools over a potential building project. Back in September, the school board hired architectural firm Schmidt Associates to develop plans for future construction, after the firm had previously completed a facilities study for the corporation. Representatives will give an update to the school board, during a work session tonight at 6:00 at the Knox Schools Administrative Office.
The Culver Town Council members will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET where they will gather information about an Eagle Scout project in the Culver-Union Township Park. They will also consider a Fall Fest special event request and get an update on projects within the town’s Stellar Communities Designation Program.