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School study talks resume

Members of the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County board hear a presentation from Administrator Assistance during their Feb. 6 meeting. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County school board got the ball rolling on its independent study of academic advancement in a lengthy work session Monday, Feb.6, hearing a presentation from a consultant as the board tries to feel out where it goes next.


The board released a statement for it’s purpose of the study, stating: “Leaders in business have long recognized the value of strategic planning. Strategic planning requires a clear understanding of where an organization is at the present time and an equally clear vision of where it wants to go in the future. Education is not different. MSD of Wabash County is in excellent health. We are academically and financially strong. With great confidence we look forward to providing a superior education for every student. We have been proactive in our decision making to the benefit of our district; therefor, we are asking ourselves a simple question: What should we do today to make a strong district even stronger?
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
Flu cases on the rise region, state-wide

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@wabashplaindealer.com

Both Parkview Wabash Hospital and the Parkview Health system as a whole has seen a major influx of influenza cases in recent days, officials told The Paper of Wabash County on Thursday, Feb. 8.


“As the whole state of Indiana has, we’ve seen a significant increase in the last few days,” said Angie Martinsky, infection preventionist at Parkview Wabash Hospital. “About half of our patient population that’s been admitted is influenza positive. It’s very widespread in Indiana.”
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
City Schools eyes creating foundation

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash City Schools board approved creating an education foundation for the district.


While creating foundation was unanimously approved Feb. 6, it still is not a reality.


Superintendent Jason Callahan and board attorney Jordan Tandy are exploring various options for the foundation, and will present a recommendation when the study is complete.
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
State updates voting website

By The Paper staff

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson introduced an updated Indianavoters.com website on Thursday, Feb. 8.


The newly updated website has streamlined the voter registration process, enables voters to share they are registered on social media and will provide election night results.


“I encourage all Hoosier voters to visit IndianaVoters.com to register to vote, educate themselves on who they’ll be voting for and where they’ll be voting,” said Secretary Lawson. “An informed electorate is the key to a successful democracy so I encourage all voters to take advantage of this tool.”
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
Lagro Canal Foundation seeks county aid

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Several members of the Lagro Canal Foundation appeared before the county commissioners Feb. 12 to ask for assistance.


The foundation, formed in April 2017, seeks to revitalize the Town of Lagro by restoring three of the town's oldest buildings – Citizens Bank of Lagro, the Masonic Lodge and the IORM (Improved Order of the Red Man) – all located in a row on Washington Street.


Beth Gillespie, president of the foundation, informed the commissioners that an anonymous donor offered a $20,000 matching grant to help put roofs on the buildings, a project which she said is estimated at $50,000 total.
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
Many primary candidates running unopposed

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash County Republicans will have one county-wide race to decide in the May 8 Primary Election.


Some GOP voters also will have Wabash County Council races to decide, as well as at least four local township races. They also have a race on the state and one on the national level to decide.


Democrats, on the other hand, have no local races on which to vote. However, there is a full field of Democrat candidates vying for a chance to run for the U.S. House of Representatives on the November ballot.
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
City Schools OKs new Heartland agreement

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools has approved a new operating agreement with the Heartland Career Center.


The school board, at its Feb. 6 meeting, unanimously approved the new agreement, which began in 1965 and was updated once since then.


“The state had talked about … you need to update the agreement,” Superintendent Jason Callahan told the board.
One of the things that came up, he said, was back in 1965 school funding was almost exclusively done with local taxes.
“As you know, only about 30 percent of our budget is built on local taxes,” he continued. “The rest is state level and based, really, on our number of students. Our calculation was that 65 percent of our budget was built on A Daily Membership, which is our students, and then 35 percent built on AV (assessed valuation).


Under the new agreement, City Schools budget is now 75 percent based on ADM, with the remaining 25 percent coming from assessed valuation.
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
Stellar program undergoes changes

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperowabash.com

The Stellar Community Development Program is taking a regional approach under changes announced in late January by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and officials from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.


The revamped program will emphasize collaboration between neighboring towns, cities and counties.


“We are all a part of this great state, and through the regional Stellar Community program, we must continue to improve our neighborhoods and encourage a partnership between communities,” Crouch said. “Through OCRA’s Stellar Program, we are supporting initiatives to attract, retain and develop talent in and around Indiana, and to do this our communities must work together.”
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13

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