EPCS Board approves paving projects
Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:59

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved the asphalt/concrete project specs and scope, and issue for bid at its Jan. 15 meeting.

The board discussed the project at its annual re-organization meeting earlier in the month. It is a project that had been under development since early last year.

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.




  • 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.