November 5th, 2010
A childâ€™s first introduction into a classroom is often the first day of kindergarten and teachers in Whitley County Consolidated Schools are beefing up the way these youngsters are evaluated.
Mary Raber Elementary School Principal Julie Turpin presented a new kindergarten report card to the school corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees during the panelâ€™s Monday work session.
The 2010 Indiana high school football season has certainly been good to Columbia City quarterback Logan Rehrer.
School passing records have fallen. A Northeast Hoosier Conference championship has been captured and an appearance in the sectional championship awaits Friday night.
The QB at the top of all the Columbia City career passing records has another recognition to add to that list.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The overwhelming shock of entering a classroom as the one in charge of student learning is being lessened thanks to a program in Columbia Cityâ€™s schools.
On Monday, at a work session of the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees, Michelle Urban, an eighth-grade science teacher at Indian Springs Middle School explained a program designed to help rookie teachers.
The Beginning Teacher Program, headed by Urban, was presented to the board Monday night.
A strong turnout by Whitley County voters put Republican candidates into nearly every office up for election Tuesday.
With the exception of four Democrats who hold positions on township advisory boards, every other seat went to the GOP. Even the Democrats who were elected were uncontested, as in Kevin Bollinger as Washington Township trustee, and the advisory board for Jefferson Township. The lone Republican running for Washington Townshipâ€™s advisory board had the most votes of the four candidates for the three-person board.
The voters from precincts in both Whitley and Kosciusko counties who live in the Whitko school district spoke loud and clear Tuesday about a property tax proposed by the school corporation.
In the Whitley County precincts, the referendum was defeated 1,154-486 a percentage spread of 70-30.
The referendum didnâ€™t fare much better in Kosciusko County where 1,038 voters squelched the proposed tax and 384 residents gave the referendum a thumbs up.
The total no-yes count for Whitkoâ€™s proposed tax was 2,192-870.
The school corporation decided to add the referendum to the ballot back in July.
So far, the Columbia City football team has passed nearly every test that has stood in front of them.
New Haven, check. East Noble, got ’em. NHC championship, crowned. Return to the class 4A sectional championship, there.
Back where they stood a season ago, the Eagles get a rematch at home Friday night against the team that ended their 2009 season in Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (10-0).
A Columbia City woman grabbed the Indiana House of Representatives spot vacated by former District 83 Representative Matt Bell.
Former Columbia City Common Council member Kathy Heuer routed her Democrat opponent and fellow county resident Wray McCalester with 77 percent of the vote (2,147-626) and will represent the county and the rest of the district beginning in January.
â€śI am honored to have the support of the voters of District 83 and will be privileged to serve everyone in the district, regardless of their political affiliation,â€ť said Heuer.
How important is education?
Consider these facts:
â€˘ According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 90 percent of high-growth, high-wage jobs will require at least some postsecondary education.
â€˘ Indiana ranks 43rd in the state in percentage of adults with a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher. In Whitley County, 18 percent of adults have a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher. Slightly more than 19 percent of adults statewide have postsecondary degrees.
By early afternoon Tuesday, voter turnout was steady at the polls in Whitley County, according to Debbie Beers at the countyâ€™s Voter Registration Office.
â€śI wouldnâ€™t call it heavy and I wouldnâ€™t call it light,â€ť Beers said. â€śBut, there has been a wait at the polls so I would definitely call the turnout good at this point.â€ť
Voters in the county are voting not only for local, county and school board candidates but also for state representative and those living in the Whitko School District have a proposed property tax referendum to decide.
New CCHS speech coach takes over
The loss of Bob Brittain last April left some very big shoes to fill.
As far as the speech and debate coaching job, Aaron Dicker of Fort Wayne has been hired to pick up the mantle.
A graduate of DePauw University, Dicker was a former competitor of the CCHS team when he attended South Side High School and remembered Brittain as a very â€śpersonable person.â€ť
Dicker continued with speech and debate in his post-secondary career and saw Brittain at the national forensics meets, as well.