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The approved project is a series of several individual paving projects across the school campus.

After discussion, the board also voted to approve the amended contract with Gibraltar Design for corporation-wide asphalt/concrete work, adding a credit for previous work to the contract.

In other business, the public address/bell system at the middle /high school is in need of replacement; it is working intermittently. The system was not addressed during the recent building project. Quotes from Fairchild and Presidio were reviewed. The board was told there are funds available for this project. After discussion, the board voted to accept the quote from Fairchild for a total of approximately $33,312.

Spotlight on WCHS - Athletic Internship Course: Athletic director Bill Ball presented the aspects of the course, which is for juniors and seniors only. Mrs. White is the teacher of record and gives the students rubrics and grades them accordingly for this credit class. The students are in charge of maintaining the athletic website which includes writing stories and posting pictures and keeping the site up-to-date. They are also responsible for team rosters, filing, helping to set up for games and special events, inventorying and ordering for concessions, and research. Currently, seven students are enrolled in the course this year.

 

Personnel

Resignation/Retirement/Termination:

  • Kim Lowry, Elementary School Food Service, submitted her resignation. Mrs. Lowry has been at the elementary school for 25 years.
  • Bus driver Pam Wank submitted her resignation.
  • Alison Clauson was recommended for the open elementary school instructional assistant position, replacing Nancy Huggler who resigned in December.
  • Chris Graves was recommended for the open bus driving position, replacing Pam Wank
  • Leave Requests:
  • Linda Fritz, Elementary School Food Service, submitted a request for an unpaid special leave, Jan. 15-19.

After discussion, the board approved all personnel items as presented.

The second reading of School Board Policy Section 618 – Social Media was presented for approval. After discussion, the board voted to approve the second reading.

Superintendent Dan Foster stated that compensation was recently adjusted for several positions, but did not include licensed substitute teachers. He recommended that the substitute teacher rate for licensed teachers be increased an additional $5 to $70 for the first 20 days and $85 thereafter. After discussion, the board approved the substitute teacher pay (for licensed teachers) as presented.

The Varsity Wrestling team submitted an overnight field trip request to attend semi-state and state competitions. After discussion, the board approved the requests for the varsity wrestling team to attend semi-state in East Chicago and state finals in Indianapolis overnight as presented.

Foster reported on the following:

  • ISRCA/NCISSA Legislative Day will be Feb. 13 in Indianapolis. He invited several legislators.
  • Legislative Session – Many bills being watched right now, including a minimum wage bill and many education-type bills.
  • Grant – The Rural and Low Income Schools Grant was recently submitted. The grant was written for equipment and programs for students and community.
  • The Graduation Rate was released last Friday. The state average was 87.2%; Eastern Pulaski’s was 92.4%.

 

Principal Reports:

High school principal Rick DeFries reported on the Curriculum Mapping for Spanish. Discussion followed.

The Warrior Academy is being utilized and is growing.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program recognizes students and staff, as well as community members (Due to weather the program was postponed until Tuesday, Jan. 16.)

Middle school principal Ryan Dickinson reported on the following:

The end of the first semester went well.

For Professional Development on Jan. 3, staff worked with Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge book and several teachers also participated in Nearpod training, and a math textbook adoption presentation. NWEA Training took place recently, helping teachers better utilize the results of the tests.

Elementary school principal Jill Collins reported on the following:

Professional Development in January focused on helping to better understand the needs of the students and their challenges.

Mid-year assessments are underway.

She also reported on upcoming activities.

 

Board Comment:

 The athletic department was thanked for spearheading the internship class. Mrs. Alison Clauson was welcomed. Robotics competition was discussed. Mrs. Collins was commended for the recent Professional Development day.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Chamber seeks nominations for 2018 Halleck Award

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2018 Halleck Community Service Award.

The award will be presented at the Chamber's annual meeting/awards banquet this spring. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28.

 
Local author introduces newest books in mystery series

Local author Kathleen (Kathi) Thompson of Star City will introduce her most recent books to Pulaski County readers with a book signing event at the Pulaski County Public Library. She will be available to speak to individuals and sign books on Wednesday, March 7, from 3 until 6 p.m.

Thompson, retired from a career in criminal justice and social services, debuted her first novel in the series, Tiger Lily’s Café, in 2014. The series now contains 10 volumes. Turtle Soup, Boo!, Phishing, Holiday, A Rock And A Hard Place, Splash, Chasing A Butterfly, Pumpkin Squash, Snowblind, and Hearts On Fire. All volumes will be available.

 
PCPL lists February programs, events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for February, including a Harry Potter Night and a Valentine's Tote Bag Craft.

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

 
PCHS annual meeting to feature program on Wabash & Erie Canal Association

WINAMAC - The Pulaski County Historical Society will hold its annual feature program Thursday evening (March 8), at the Pulaski County Public Library, Winamac.

This year's program will feature guest speaker Dan McCain of the Wabash & Erie Canal Association. The public is welcome to join the PCHS membership for the dessert and coffee bar program. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

 
Scholarships available through Community Foundation of Pulaski County

Scholarship applications for 2018 high school graduates will be available online through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County starting Friday, Jan. 12.

Applications are found on the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfopc.org.

 
Candidate filing for 2018 Indiana Primary closes

Candidate filing for the 2018 Indiana Primary Election closed at 12 noon, Friday (Feb. 9).

Pulaski County offices up for election are circuit court judge, superior court judge, prosecutor, clerk of the circuit court, sheriff, assessor, coroner, surveyor, county commissioner District 3, and county council Districts 1-4.

 
Civic Players of Logansport to present 'Nana’s Naughty Knickers'

LOGANSPORT - Civic Players of Logansport will present the comedy “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” on the weekend of March 2, 3, and 4.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday. All shows are at the McHale Performing Arts Center at the Logansport High School campus.

 
EPCS seeking nominations for new Winamac Distinguished Alumni program

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation is seeking nominations for the inaugural Winamac Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018.

Distinguished Alumni are graduates of Winamac Community High School/Winamac High School, Pulaski High School, or Star City High School (living or deceased) who have led successful lives while making substantial contributions to their chosen field of work or have provided outstanding service to their community, state, or country.

 
Cold or Flu?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced Friday (Jan.12) that influenza cases are widespread across the country, with Indiana among the states hardest hit.

"Flu is everywhere in the US right now," said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's influenza branch. "This is the first year we've had the entire continental US at the same level (of flu activity) at the same time." It has been an early flu season that seems to be peaking now, he said, with a 5.8% increase in laboratory-confirmed cases this week over last.

 
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

Grants available to cultivate Indiana's specialty crop sector

INDIANAPOLIS  - The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is now accepting proposals for projects designed to enhance the competitiveness of Indiana's specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture). Applications are due to ISDA by March 26.

"Various organizations have benefited from grants from USDA, and I am excited to see what projects will come to fruition through the funds awarded,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Encouraging competition and innovation will help take Indiana agriculture to the Next Level.”

 
Flu claims 167 Indiana lives so far this season

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reminding Hoosiers that influenza activity continues to be high and widespread across Indiana and is urging people to take precautions against the illness, which has claimed 167 Indiana lives so far this flu season.

According to ISDH’s weekly influenza report (Friday, Feb. 9), emergency departments and outpatient providers continue to see increased visits from individuals with flu-like illness. Flu outbreaks also have increased in schools and long-term care facilities.

 
Donnelly, Walorski, Young weigh-in on federal budget deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress passed a $400 billion budget deal Friday (Feb. 9), ending a brief U.S. government shutdown.

President Trump signed the measure which is expected to push budget deficits past $1 trillion with $300 billion in new spending over the next two years for military and nondefense programs, plus $90 billion in disaster aid.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate at 3.1% in December

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dipped 3.1 percent in December, down from 3.3 percent in November, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (Jan. 24). The rate was 4.5 percent a year ago.

The county has 5,810 employed persons in a labor force of 5,997. Last month those numbers were 5,887 of 6,087. A year ago the numbers were 5,798 of 6,072.

 
Delphi double homicide investigation continues

INDIANAPOLIS - Monday morning (Jan.15) members of the Liberty German family and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter appeared on a live segment of the Megyn Kelly TODAY show to help keep the double homicide of Liberty German and Abigail Williams in the public eye. Late last year there was a similar appearance on the Dr. PHIL show.

The one-year anniversary of the teen girls' deaths near Delphi approaches next month.

 
Holcomb’s second State of the State address emphasizes workforce, presents goals for progress in 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered his 2018 State of the State address to a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly Tuesday (Jan. 9).

While continuing his focus on five key pillars, the governor’s remarks highlighted his commitment to developing a skilled, ready workforce and detailed several milestones he expects the state to meet.

 
Scammers targeting NIPSCO customers throughout Indiana

Company offers tips to avoid being a victim

MERRILLVILLE - NIPSCO has received an influx in calls from residential and business customers reporting several hundred cases of unknown callers claiming to be affiliated with the company and demanding payment through a prepaid card.

Some reports have indicated that scammers have appeared in person knocking on doors, while other reports have indicated that the company’s 1-800 customer service phone number was cloned to appear on caller IDs.

 
Fountain County contestant wins 2018 Indiana State Fair Queen title

INDIANAPOLIS - Fountain County's Audrey Campbell was crowned as the 60th Indiana State Fair Queen at the pageant finals Sunday afternoon at the state fairgrounds.

She will reign over the 2018 Indiana State Fair Aug. 3-19, in Indianapolis.

 
 

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Pulaski Memorial Hospital Medical and Surgical Group to open new physician office

NORTH JUDSON – Pulaski Memorial Hospital Medical and Surgical Group has announced the opening of a new physician office in North Judson.

Dr. Curtis Bejes, a native resident of North Judson, will serve as medical director for the facility and will base his practice out of that office.

 
Fourteen children await a CASA volunteer in Pulaski County

Nearly 700,000 children each year are victims of abuse or neglect in the United States.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) trains volunteer advocates who are appointed by judges to speak on behalf of these children, to make sure they do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system, or languish in inappropriate group and foster homes. These CASA volunteers make a lifelong difference in the lives of children in their community.

 
Community Foundation welcomes new directors

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County welcomes three new members to its board of directors for 2018.

Incoming members are Kaye Beall, Megan Moon and Tim Gearhart. Each will serve a three-year term, with a maximum of three full consecutive terms of service.

 
EPCS Board approves purchase of school buses

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved the purchase of two new school buses at its February meeting.

Superintendent Dan Foster presented a request to purchase one 78-passenger International/Collins school bus and one 48-passenger school bus. Funds have been set aside for these purchases. After discussion, the board voted to approve both purchases as presented.

 
February is 'Teen Dating Violence Awareness' month

"Encourage healthy relationships for your children by talking to them about friendships, dating, self-respect and respect for others," says Pulaski County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Kelly Gaumer.

Gaumer notes that February is "Teen Dating Violence Awareness" month, and caregivers should be aware that bruises or broken bones aren't the only form of abuse children may experience in friendships and dating. Abuse is also verbal, emotional, physical, sexual or digital hurt.

 
Community Foundation changes grant process

Now offering year-round grant opportunities

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) has announced that it will offer year-round grant opportunities starting this year. There will no longer be grant deadlines, so applicants may submit applications online at any time throughout the year.

This new grant process will allow proposals to be accepted on a continuous basis, without deadline, giving grant seekers the opportunity to apply when they wish as opposed to waiting for an annual grant cycle.

 
West Central to accept bids for building projects

FRANCESVILLE - Superintendent Don Street provided updates to the West Central School Board at its February meeting for the secure entrance and utilization project, as well as the roofing project.

The board will meet again on Feb. 15 to accept bids for the projects. Board members will also discuss the corporation's strategic plan.

 
Missing Knox woman found dead in Winamac

WINAMAC - A Knox woman who has been missing for almost three weeks was found dead Friday in Winamac, according to Knox police.

The body of Barbara McCurdy, 37, was discovered in her car in a back lot of the Braun Chevrolet car dealership on Monticello Street.

 
CFPC reflects on 2017 highlights, looks ahead to 2018

With the first month of the New Year coming to a close, the Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) offers a final look back at 2017 and offers a peek at what’s ahead in 2018.

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County’s 20th anniversary was celebrated in grand style at Mill Creek Gardens in July. Past and present community members were recognized for their many acts of giving over the years, building both the foundation and the community in turn.