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January 16th, 2014

Board, O’Connor discuss A-F grades; Officials hope for more explanation

January 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After what many school officials hope is the last year of Indiana’s A-F grading system, Whitley County Consolidated School officials discussed the good and bad of this year’s grades.

Overall, WCCS’s high schools scored a 3.45 on a four-point grading scale. The middle and elementary schools averaged a 3.0, or a B.
The A-F grading system was put in place by the state to judge the school systems’ performances. However, with little explanation of reasoning for grades, many school officials have been up in arms about the program.

Warsaw woman trapped under vehicle

January 16, 2014

WARSAW -- A Warsaw woman was seriously injured Wednesday after she was run-over by a vehicle in her driveway southeast of Winona Lake.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and emergency personnel responded Wednesday at 5 p.m. to the 2200 block of S. Lake Sharon Rd, Warsaw, after receiving a 911 call of a woman struck by a motor vehicle.

Shoveling out

January 16, 2014

Brandon Ray shovels the parking lot at Pizza King, Columbia City, to park his delivery car during Winter Storm Ion, Jan. 6. Residents were assisted in the snow shoveling by warmer weather later in the week. Although light snow is in the forecast today and Friday, temperatures could reach the 40s during the weekend.

January 15th

Upcoming meetings

January 15, 2014

Whitko schools
Whitko Community School Corporation will hold an informational meeting Monday to discuss the renovation of South Whitley Elementary School which is scheduled to begin during the 2014-15 school year.
The design plans of the building and the impact on students during the project will be presented.
Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at South Whitley Elementary School.
The district’s school board meeting will still be held Monday at 6:30 p.m., but at SWES, before the public meeting.

SCHOOLS ALLOWED TWO WAIVER DAYS FOR SNOW: WCCS to utilize three make-up days for extra week off

January 15, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — With an extra week of vacation last week due to the winter storm, many parents and students are concerned about the school year being extended into the summer.

For students of Whitley Count Consolidated Schools, thanks to two-day a waiver from the state, the last day of school is still May 28 — for now.

Since Whitley County was under a declared state of emergency for two days last week, Monday and Tuesday, Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) officials approved to grant free days to districts under extreme weather conditions.

Reader snapshot

January 15, 2014

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Council to partner with preschool, physician

January 15, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s Town Council is under new leadership as of Tuesday, when town leaders voted Councilman Bill Boggs as the 2014 president.

Boggs started his term with a community concern brought to the council by Council Vice President Tony Starkey, former president.

South Whitley Elementary School is due for a remodeling project that will begin as the school year comes to a close.

However, the construction project means South Whitley Community Preschool will be forced to relocate.

Wanted: Public input on WCSC plans

January 15, 2014

PIERCETON — Community members are encouraged to attend two special meetings regarding construction projects at Whitko Community School Corporation.

Monday, board members will hold their regular meeting at South Whitley Elementary School, starting at 6:30 p.m.

After a short agenda, the meeting will open up to discuss the remodeling project at SWES.

Plans and schematics will be made available to those who attend, and school officials will map out changes parents and students can expect.

January 14th

BREAKING NEWS: Whitko to hold community meetings on school construction

January 14, 2014

PIERCETON (Jan. 14, 2014) -- Whitko Community School Corporation Superintendent Steve Clason announced that two meetings will be held regarding the district's construction projects.

South Whitley Elementary School will undergo a remodeling project in June. A meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. to hear updates on the project and specifics on the construction plans. The community will be able to ask questions and give feedback on the proposed plan.

SWINE FLU BACK; officials don’t expect 2009 return

January 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The predominant strain of influenza sweeping through Indiana this year is the same one that caused a nationwide pandemic that resulted in about 40 Indiana deaths in 2009.

But state respiratory epidemiologist Shawn Richards said Monday that this season is different than that outbreak for one chief reason.

"What is different than in 2009 was that this was a novel strain that had not infected humans," Richards said. "Now, we've had a few years around the virus ... Now, it's just considered a typical strain."


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