The board also approved a compensation plan for employees not covered under the collective bargaining agreement. Foster presented a recommendation that was a two-step plan, which included a three-day stipend for most employees and an approximately three percent increase to the base pay. Extra-curricular secretaries will receive an increase in pay, and a new pay schedule for substitute teachers was included in the plan. Bus drivers were recommended for an increase to $80 per day. After discussion, the board approved the recommendation.

In other business, the board approved the second reading of School Board Policy Section 208/313/405 (Employee Arrest).

Foster presented the first reading of School Board Policy Section 618 (Staff Social Media). The second reading and possible approval will be presented at the next meeting.

Harold Welter, representing the Cheryl Lynn Welter Charitable Trust Foundation, asked for support from the school to participate in the program whereby under privileged students could receive the supplies they need through grants applied for by teachers and approved by the building principals. Board consensus was to approve the program.

During the "Spotlight on EPES!" portion of the board meeting, Elementary school principal Jill Collins introduced Mrs. Hileman and Mrs. Kistler, sponsors of the Lego Club. Mrs. Hileman stated that the club grew out of helping students with socializing and is a mentorship tool as well. The Pulaski County Community Foundation approved their grant application to help with costs. The students make the club rules, approved by the sponsors. The background of the club was shared as well.

In his report, Foster covered the following:

  • Commended drama director Patrick Schuttrow, students and volunteers for another great performance during fall play.
  • Commended the buildings for their Veterans’ Day programs.
  • Commended Mrs. Hileman and Mrs. Kistler for sponsoring the Lego Club at the elementary school. Mr. Wegner was commended for sponsoring the Coding Club and the Robotics Club.
  • Reported the elementary school gym floor is done and Fissel’s has completed its project. Miller’s Carpet is still working on the carpeting project.
  • Gave a financial report for the period ending Oct. 31. All funds have positive balances. After discussion the board voted to approve all claims as submitted.


Personnel Matters:

  • Tara Terry, elementary school instructional assistant, submitted her resignation.
  • Kari Johnson submitted her resignation as JV girls’ basketball coach.
  • Alexsondra Haschel was recommended for the open instructional assistant position.
  • The slate of winter sports coaches was presented for approval.

After discussion, the board approved the above recommendations as submitted.

Emily Hintz, high school Science Olympiad sponsor, submitted an out-of state field trip request to take the team to Michigan for competition. After discussion, the board approved the trip, as submitted.


Principal Reports:

High school principal Rick DeFries reported that the Veteran’s Day program went well; WCHS graduate Adam Wallace was the speaker. The band and choir were thanked for their performances during the program.

For Red Ribbon Week there were speakers brought in on drug addiction, sharing the problems associated with it.

The fall play, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” was very well done. Mr. Schuttrow was commended as well as the students and volunteers.

High school winter sports are underway.

Middle school principal Ryan Dickinson reported that for Red Ribbon Week there were speakers brought in on drug addiction, sharing the problems associated with it.

The Veterans’ Day program went well.

The Junior Achievement program is underway.

“Battle of the Books,” a reading incentive program is underway.

Upcoming activities were also shared.

Elementary school principal Jill Collins shared that the Veterans’ Day program at the elementary school went well and was well attended, with many students bringing guests.

Their recent food drive netted 2,421 items.

Family Literacy Night is scheduled for Nov. 16. Students are to bring grandparents.

Upcoming activities were also shared.

The elementary is offering a mentorship program whereby community members come in and visit with students.


Board comment: The EPTA was commended for ratifying the Master Contract. Also commended were Mr. Welter, and the Lego Club.

During public comment Ms. Jona Ewasiak submitted a petition.


Local News Briefs

Pulaski County Systems of Care group conducting needs assessment survey

The Pulaski County Systems of Care group is asking county residents to complete a needs assessment survey related to local mental health and substance abuse services.

The survey may be completed online, and will be open for completion from Nov. 20 through Dec. 20.

PCPL lists December events, including Santa visits

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for December, including visits by Santa, Christmas carols and Christmas Bingo.

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946- 3432.

Salvation Army 'Kettle Campaign' to run Nov. 22 - Dec.23

The Salvation Army of Pulaski County has announced its annual holiday kettle campaign will run Nov. 22 - Dec. 23, in the lobby at Sanders Grocery in Winamac.

Funds raised during the campaign will be utilized in Pulaski County.

Winamac Methodist Church to serve community Christmas dinenr

WINAMAC - The First United Methodist Church, Winamac, will once again serve a "Community Christmas Dinner" on Christmas Day.

The free dinner, open to all, will be served from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25, at the church, located on the corner of Monticello and Spring streets, Winamac.

Pulaski Christmas Lights on display through Jan. 1

PULASKI - The annual Pulaski Christmas Lights displays are now lit from 5 to 11 p.m., nightly through Monday, Jan. 1, for public viewing.

For nearly 30 years, the residents of the river village have attracted visitors from near and far to view the lights, offered as "A Gift to Brighten Your Christmas."

NIPFP 26th annual Toy Show Jan. 21

The 26th annual Farm Toy Show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School in Winamac.

The event, sponsored by the Northern Indiana Power From the Past, Inc., usually attracts over 2,000 visitors.

Pulaski County Historical Society membership drive underway

The Pulaski County Historical Society welcomes new - and "re-newed" members as it launches its annual membership drive for 2018.

As 2017 draws to a close, many current or new members may prefer to pay their tax deductable memberships before the new year begins. Memberships also make thoughtful gifts for the holiday season.

4-H enrollment opens for Pulaski County

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment opened Oct. 1, and will run through Jan. 15.

New and current 4-H members can enroll by going online at or by picking up an enrollment form at any of the local schools or the Extension Office. There is a $15 state program fee for each 4-H member to enroll in 4-H. Kindergarten through second grade members are exempt.

PMH Senior Care helps senior citizens with mental health issues

Pulaski Memorial Hospital's new Senior Care program can help senior citizens with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, fear and worry lasting more than two weeks. It also assists with grief issues.

Program director Mindy Shidler, RN, hopes to spread information about the Senior Care program throughout the community.


Indiana News

Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike on Jan. 1

INDIANAPOLIS - Usher in 2018 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks.

First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2018 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.

A hike at Tippecanoe River State Park, north of Winamac will begin at 12 noon. Those who wish to participate should meet at the fire tower parking lot for a half-mile hike that will last about 30 minutes. Hikers can climb the tower for excellent views.

Indiana Farm Bureau president discusses 2018 priorities

INDIANAPOLIS - Each year at the Indiana Farm Bureau convention, the organization’s president discusses his vision for the coming year with members from across the state.

This year’s convention took place Dec. 7-9 in French Lick.

Young, Donnelly release statements on Senate tax reform bill

The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping tax rewrite early Saturday (Dec. 2) in a 51-49 vote.

Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee joined all Senate Democrats in voting against the 500-page bill. The proposed legislation now moves to a conference committee to work out the differences between the Senate version a House of Representatives tax bill passed last month.

Pulaski County unemployment rate remains at 3.5%

Pulaski County's unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent in October, the same rate as September, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Nov. 20). The rate was 3.9 percent a year ago.

The county has 5,822 employed persons in a labor force of 6,034. Last month those numbers were 5,883 of 6,094. A year ago the numbers were 5,973 of 6,213.

Food Finders Food Bank receives pet food donation

LAFAYETTE - Food Finders Food Bank recently received a pet food donation of 820 bags of dog and cat food totaling 31,160 pounds from PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program. For every bag of pet food purchased from PetSmart until Dec. 31, they will donate a meal to a pet in need.

The families Food Finders serves often struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent or buying food, and some have to choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table. Pets provide comfort and become part of the family, and people who are struggling financially more than likely will need food for their pets as well.

Veterans Day 2017 - Veterans by the numbers

From U.S. Census Bureau

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.

Indiana Dept. of Agriculture launches conservation ‘one-stop’

INDIANAPOLIS – Improving water quality and soil health continues to be a priority for farmers statewide, and while data has always been available to support this claim, it hasn’t been accessible in one, easily navigable location.

To address this issue, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), using information compiled by the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP), launched Oct. 12 an online story map, a one-stop shop for Indiana’s conservation efforts.


Post News

EPCS approves 2018-19 school calendar

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community Schools Board approved the 2018-19 school calendar as presented at its monthly meeting Monday evening (Dec. 11).

Before the board vote, Superintendent Dan Foster noted there is current discussion concerning legislation to start school later in August.

Peyton Newman named recipient of 2018 Lilly Scholarship

One Pulaski County student has been named the recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the Community Foundation of Pulaski County 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Peyton Newman will receive full tuition to an Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

West Central Board continues work on safe school entrance projects

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board advanced plans for its "school entrance security" projects, heard praise for the high school's dual credit program, and accepted bids for two new school buses at its December meeting.

Also, Superintendent Don Street reported that the Indiana Department of Education has notified school districts that the tuition support monthly payments will be decreased because the Indiana State Budget for education is less than the total tuition support payments.

Community Foundation renews commitment to pool project agreements

In a letter to the community, the Community Foundation of Pulaski County has renewed its commitment to the Winamac Community Pool Project agreements.

The Community Foundation voted last year to enter into two fund agreement contracts relating to the pool project.

One dead, another injured in Medaryville incident

MEDARYVILLE - One man is dead and another injured as the result of an apparent stabbing and shooting incident at a Medaryville residence Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 21).

The Pulaski County Coroner's Office identified the dead man as Kenneth Ray Henry, 41, of Rensselaer. The name of the injured man has not been released.

Winamac Town Council prepares for new garbage pick-up bidding

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council discussed preparations for bidding a new garbage pick-up contract next year, and heard updates on the new restroom project on the Winamac Parkway and progress on the new police department at its regular monthly meeting Nov. 13.

Town manager Brad Zellers also reported on plans to apply for a grant to obtain new decorative light poles for downtown.

CFPC awards youth grants

Two county youth organizations have recently been awarded grants totaling $800 through the Good Oil/BP Youth Philanthropy Fund.

Checks were presented to Boy Scout Troop #229 to support their 2018 Summer Camp, and to the Winamac Community High School Arts Department for “Sculpting Clay/Shaping Futures” project.

EPCS board approves teachers' master contract

WINAMAC - A new master contract with the Eastern Pulaski Teachers Association was approved by the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board at its month meeting Monday evening (Nov. 13).

Superintendent Dan Foster recommended an approximate three percent increase in compensation and some updated language in the contract. The contract was earlier approved by the teachers association.