Design work continues for a new Lincoln Junior High School. “The site layout, again, looks pretty solid,” Plymouth School Superintendent Andy Hartley told the school board Tuesday. “The major intent with that was to get traffic off the streets with drop-off and pickup. So that will flow through off of the front of the old Lincoln, if you will, and kind of run through a lane and drop off there on the west side, and bus parking will be in the back.”
The Plymouth School Board will consider a few start-of-the-year items when it meets tonight. Board members are scheduled to reorganize, set their pay for the year, and approve their 2018 meeting schedule. Various appointments will be considered, as well as the renewal of the school board’s contract with attorney Jeff Houin.
As cold weather continues, Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is once again reminding Hoosiers to be careful with alternative heating sources. He notes that house fires occur more often in winter, and much of that is due to alternative heating. If you need to use a space heater, keep it at least three feet away from other objects, especially anything that’s flammable.
The 2018 tax season is about to get underway, and the Indiana Department of Revenue has a few tips to help save you some money. Taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less may file for free, with the INfreefile program. The Department of Revenue expects that almost 2 million Hoosiers will qualify for free filing this year.
State health officials urge residents to check their homes for radon. It’s a tasteless, odorless, radioactive gas that can be deadly over time.
With cold weather continuing, local communities are taking steps to make sure residents have a warm place to stay. In Plymouth, the Webster Center at 110 Webster Avenue is serving as a warming center until Saturday. For access, call the Plymouth Police Department at 574-936-2126 or the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at 574-936-3187.
As the holiday season continues, Hoosiers are reminded to keep an eye on the live Christmas trees in their homes. The average Christmas tree lasts for about a month after purchase, before it begins to dry out and become a fire hazard, according to the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office. When a tree’s needles drop, it’s time to remove it.
Early childhood education providers can apply for a share of nearly $4 million in state funding to help them boost their offerings. The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning is offering grants to help schools and child care centers serve more children and increase the quality of their services. Specifically, grants can be used for teacher training, classroom materials, or family engagement activities.
Just in time for holiday travel, the Indiana Department of Transportation has launched a new mobile app. It offers statewide, real-time traffic information – like current traffic speeds, road conditions, and travel advisories – for interstates, U.S. highways, and state roads. Users can also get custom alerts on accidents, road closures, and construction, and report hazards to INDOT.
Opioid-antidote Narcan is having an impact on the number of overdose deaths. According to the Indiana State Department of Health’s winter newsletter, the rate of unintentional drug poisoning deaths increased by nearly 900 percent from 1999 to 2015. In 2016, over 1,800 Hoosiers died from drug poisoning, mainly from opioids.
Those organizing events that may bring out-of-town visitors into Marshall County can now apply for up to $2,000 in grant funding. Marshall County Tourism has announced the launch of its Tourism Enhancement and Development Events Grants.
Several Plymouth High School students were recognized for their academic accomplishments during last week’s school board meeting.
The Lincoln Junior High School building project is moving along according to schedule. “Design work continues,” Plymouth School Superintendent Andy Hartley told the school board last week. “We hope to have some renderings for you to look at formally at our next meeting, and it’s also in the next phase of estimations from the construction management firm.”
Sixth graders at Riverside Intermediate School are learning valuable science, engineering, and math skills with Lego robots. Members of the school’s Lego Robotics teams demonstrated their machines to the Plymouth School Board last week. They also discussed their recent competition at the First Lego League Qualifying Tournament in Granger.
Making sure kids in foster care have educational stability is the goal of a new policy approved by the Plymouth School Board last week. It calls for Plymouth Schools to enroll foster students immediately, even if they don’t have all the documents that would normally be required, like birth certificate, immunization records, or proof of residency.
The Plymouth School Board got an update last week on the Class of 2017. Of the high school’s 282 graduates, 69 percent of them had a solid plan, according to Director of Guidance Aimee Portteus. Forty-six percent of Plymouth graduates now attend a four-year college, 16 percent went to a two-year college, and others planned to pursue technical training or enter the military.
The Plymouth School Board updated a few agreements and approved some regular end-of-the-year items, when it met Tuesday. Board members voted to renew the corporation’s service agreement with Go Solutions Group for 2018. Continue reading
The Plymouth Community School Corporation is updating some of its food service guidelines. The nutritional standards approved by the school board Tuesday deal with food and drinks that are sold to students during school, but aren’t part of the official school lunch or school breakfast program. That includes items sold à la carte or in school vending machines.
Plymouth School Board members got a closer look Tuesday at last year’s high school accountability grade. Plymouth High School received a B for the 2016-2017 school year, in the Indiana Department of Education’s A-through-F grading system. Assistant Principal Kyle Coffman explained that grade is determined by several factors.