At the January 29, 2014 School Board meeting, the Board voted to move graduation to Sunday, June 15, at 2 p.m.
This move is a result of the number school days that have been missed in addition to conflicts that would prevent some seniors from attending graduation.
This evening, Jan. 29, the ENSC School Board discussed options for a potential middle school project. At this point, they are down to two options.
1. Full renovation
2. Build a new facility.
Adding on to the current location and then removing part of the old building is no longer an option due to the charter school laws. If a school facility is partially or fully empty, the building has to be registered with the Indiana Department of Education and made available for a charter school to move in. If the district were to add on to the current facility, they would not be able to tear off the vacated portion for two years. There is not enough room on the current property to have this sort of project.
During the Board meeting one parent spoke to the Board asking them to be transparent and share all discussions and decisions with the public through the process. The School Board plans to hold public discussions and include the community as much as possible.
Another parent asked the Board to have a 30 year plan, and “build for obsolescents.” He wants to be certain the Board does not spend funds on more than we will need and understand that education in 30 years will look very different than today. In addition, he reinforced the importance of spending money on “technology and teachers.” This is what is most important for schools.
A third parent is concerned about transportation of students and the current “hub” at the middle school. She wants to make sure that we take into consideration the transportation needs of students.
During the Board discussion, members discussed the challenges of the current building, needs of the students, safety of students, and ensuring they are fiscally responsible. There was much discussion around the cost of the middle school and taxes. The estimated cost of a new building or renovated building will be approximately $22-$24 million dollars. While the district cannot say taxes will not go up, they can say that their current debt is about $5 million annually. By 2019 all debt will be retired. This estimated annual cost of a middle school project will be about $3.25 million annually. The district anticipates their annual debt to drop by $1.75 million per year with the middle school project.
Please feel free to contact Ann Linson with any questions you may have. 260-347-2502 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Laptops used by the 8th graders and 12th graders will be retired at the end of the school year! These laptops are available to be purchased by the current 8th and 12th graders. Important information is available in the following links which include deadlines and cost.
Seniors – http://goo.gl/NXsB6h
8th Graders – http://goo.gl/5BjtTW
As I write this on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, ENSC has called yet another closing for the day. This makes our sixth day of school we have missed since 2014 began. Ahhh….hopefully, this is not going to be a pattern for the entire winter.
I had lunch at the Kendallville Wendy’s yesterday and someone said, “you don’t have to worry about a vote for year round school. With all of the closings you are going to be in school all summer.” That statement, of course, started some opposing discussion from someone else on year round school. Let me just say, we are NOT pursuing year round school! However, if this weather doesn’t improve, we may see our students in school well into June!
As allowed by State Superintendent Ritz, ENSC has applied for the make up day waiver for January 6 and 7. We have not received official approval; however, we have reason to believe the waiver will be approved. If those days are approved, we will need to make up January 8, 9, 10, and 21. (January 20 was a make up day for January 8 but got canceled.) These four days will be made up as follows:
Our challenge is this….graduation is June 7. That leaves us with just two days (and maybe Good Friday) as potential make up days without having seniors return following graduation. The alternative is to move graduation to Saturday, June 14.
We will continue to be cautious when cancelling school, but always ensuring our students are safe.
If you are a senior or senior parent, we are considering moving graduation, but also other alternatives!
I am sitting at home watching the wild snowy weather that is ringing in the new year. We have at least 8 inches as of 4:30 p.m., Sunday, January 5. Wondering what the final tally will be as well as wondering when students will return to school. No school tomorrow primarily due to expected drifting snow. Tuesday brings the additional challenge of frigid temperatures that can pose a danger for students walking to school or waiting for school busses. We will watch the forecast closely and make the best decision possible with the information that we have early Tuesday morning. I know many students are hoping for a second day of no school.