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Thursday, 17 April 2014


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day!!  Our temperature for right now is at 34 degrees with the windchill of 27 degrees.  There is a light wind out there but looks like it will be a wonderful day.  There no school delays as you would already know since it is after 8 o'clock.  

Don't forget that coming up this Wednesday, April 23rd is our senior trip to the Annie Oakley Perfumery and then afterwards is lunch at the Charger House and then off to tour the Lucky Hospital in Wolf Lake.  For more information about the trip or trips that will be coming up go to our website and look under senior outings.  www.noblecocouncilonaging.com

Lets see what's going on in the news.   City offices will be closing on Friday for Good Friday.  City of Kendallville offices will be closed Friday for the Good Friday holiday.

Utility payments may be made at clerk-treasurer’s office with envelopes through the drop box.  Reported by KPC News

Also free park entry stickers available.  Free 2014 vehicle stickers for entry into Bixler Lake Park are available to Wayne Township and Kendallville residents from the Kendallville Park and Recreation Department office at the Youth Center, 211 Iddings St., and the city clerk-treasurer’s office, 234 S. Main St.

Residents must show vehicle registration to collect a sticker. Those not eligible can purchase season park stickers for $25 apiece for entry to the park.

 

 

Entry fee for anyone without a sticker is $3 per plated vehicle. Pavilion rental does not include vehicle entry.

People may call the park office at 347-1064 for more information.   Reported by KPC News

And street projects have been approved.  The City Council on Tuesday night approved improvements to Riley and Garden streets this summer and an accelerated, in-house crack-filling effort.

Engineering Department Administrator Scott Derby and the council’s streets and alleys committee recommended the projects for the 2014 street improvement program.

 

The list of worthy street projects is lengthy, and the committee is faced with a challenge each year of narrowing the projects down to fit within the city’s budget, Derby said in a memo to the council.

Most of the budget will go into improvements to Riley and Garden streets. Both are heavily traveled streets with potholes and deteriorating street surfaces, curbing and driveway accesses.

Riley Street between Diamond Street and U.S. 6 will be milled and resurfaced.

Garden Street between Vine and Diamond streets will be milled and resurfaced with casting and structure replacement and spot curb replacement.

Both streets will have corner ramp locations brought up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Contractors have to be hired, because both projects exceed the city’s equipment and manpower limitations, Derby said.

The preliminary estimated total cost is $380,000, but the true cost will depend on bid results, and some modifications may be required because of funding limits.

The street department will perform city-wide maintenance such as crack filling and asphalt milling and resurfacing of side streets and spot locations. Derby estimates 7,000 square yards of pavement will be placed, roughly equivalent to half a mile of roadway.

“We’ve done an extensive review of all city streets, and we plan an accelerated crack-filling program,” he told the council.

In other business, council members:

• approved by a 3-1 vote the third and final reading of an ordinance regulating garage sales and allowing up to two citywide garage sales. Gene Lash of Kendallville has spoken out against the ordinance at each reading. He opposes regulating garage sales and argued the ordinance won’t be enforced.

• approved moving the next scheduled council meeting from Tuesday, May 6, primary election day, to Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.     Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

4/17/2014

Hi: 60°

Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Lo: 44°

Mostly cloudy through midnight...then cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. West winds around 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 

 

 

 


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day.  It looks like it will be a nice day out there.  It is a bit cold this morning with a little bit of frost on the ground and some on the car windows.  Our temperature of 25 degrees with the windchill of 19 degrees.  There is a light breeze but not gusting of winds.  You might want to warm up your vehicles so that you will stay warm and the windows will be cleared of frost if any.  There are no school delays for today.  

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Kendallville's rail crossings will be closed this morning.  Between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. today, all three railroad crossings in Kendallville will be closed simultaneously for about an hour to allow preliminary work by Norfolk Southern Railroad on its rail replacement project.

Norfolk Southern is planning to replace the rails through Kendallville this summer and make improvements to all three railroad crossings..

 

Motorists can use the S.R. 3 bypass or the Allen Chapel Road overpass for north-south access through the city while the crossings are closed.    Reported by KPC News

Also Kendallville deals with wasterwater problems.  The city of Kendallville has been forced to pay more than $75,000 to truck its wastewater treatment plant sludge for treatment at the Fort Wayne waste treatment facility, due to problems at Kendallville’s West Wayne Street wastewater plant, caused primarily by the harsh winter conditions.

The facility’s wastewater levels of effluent, ammonia, copper and total solids have exceeded Indiana Department of Environment Management allowable limits since June of last year.

 

Water Pollution Control Department employees have been working closely with IDEM operations specialists on site to correct the problems.

The public’s health has never been at risk, and the problems were not caused by local industry, Mayor Suzanne Handshoe reported at Tuesday’s Kendallville Board of Public Works meeting.

Handshoe said Kendallville citizens should know what is going on, explaining why the problems were reported at a public meeting.

Board members heard Water Pollution Control Department employee Mitch Winebrenner report a timeline of problems at the city’s plant. Asked after the meeting why Water Pollution Control Department Superintendent Bill Forbes had not given the report, Handshoe said Forbes submitted his resignation April 4 and no longer is involved with the facility.

According to the timeline, in May 2013 the department reported to IDEM that plant operations had exceeded the limit for total suspended solids. Changes to the sludge-handling program apparently corrected the problem, and the plant stayed in compliance through August.

In September and October, the plant exceeded the monthly average for copper allowed by IDEM guidelines. In November, two violations for total suspended solids were reported to IDEM, and in December the plant again violated the monthly average for copper and reported it to IDEM.

A water study was conducted in 2011 to increase the plant’s copper limit. The study’s results were sent to IDEM, and the city has been waiting for IDEM’s response, according to Winebrenner’s timeline report.

In January, extremely cold conditions and low flows caused the trickling filters and bio-tower to freeze on multiple days. The freezing caused the living biomass that treats the wastewater to die off and further complicate operations, according to the report. Plant employees had to use chain saws and axes regularly to free to distributor arms from ice buildup in the trickling filters. The department reported multiple violations to IDEM of the plant exceeding its total suspended solids limits.

February brought problems. A mechanical failure shut down the bio-tower for multiple days until parts could be fabricated and installed. Continued harsh winter conditions and accumulated solids in the system hampered growth of the living biomass, and violations were reported to IDEM.

Effluent again exceeded limits in March, when the condition of the biomass did not recover despite increased sludge pressing and operational changes to the sludge press effluent. The violations were reported.

On March 28, plant employees noticed a fish kill in Henderson Lake near the plant. Water from the plant that has been treated flows into the lake and then into Bixler Lake Ditch. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and IDEM were contacted, and spill response personnel attributed the fish kill to extreme winter weather, according to the report.

IDEM operation specialists on site helping to correct the plant’s problems believe the plant’s noncompliance with effluent limitations also contributed to the fish kill.

Ammonia samples taken March 28 exceeded the daily maximum limit for effluent in the lake and at the spillway. A sample taken from the Bixler Lake Ditch at the Sawyer Road bridge on the city’s western boundary did not exceed the daily limit.

This month IDEM, operation specialists directed Water Pollution Control Department employees to remove sludge from the plant site to begin the recovery process for biomass normalization. Warmer weather is expected to allow regrowth of the biomass.

Board of Works members Mike Post, Councilman Jim Dazey and Handshoe approved hiring Merrell Brothers Inc., a biosolids management company, to haul approximately 650,000 gallons of sludge to Fort Wayne’s waste treatment facility for $46,515. The board also approved paying Fort Wayne $29,250 to treat the sludge. The money will come from the water pollution control department budget.

“IDEM has been helpful through this process,” said Scott Derby, city engineering department administrator. “They have been more of a partner than an enforcer.”

Water Pollution Control Department employees and IDEM continue to work on the plant’s problems.

As of Monday, the carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand average for the plant was 15.6 mgL, above the monthly average limit of 10 mgL. The level is an indication of the pollution removal from the wastewater.

The total suspended solids average was 14.6 mgL, when the monthly average limit is 12 mgL. Ammonia average level was 3.86 mgL, when the monthly average limit is 1.3 mgL.     Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

4/16/2014

Hi: 50°

Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. South winds 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Lo: 34°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 

 


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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

NTS RIDER PASSES AWAY

One of our NTS Riders Annie R. Conkle of Avilla has passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the young age of 89 years.  She was born September 16, 1924 in Bredbury, Great Britain to Harry N and Pheobe (Davenport) Richards. Annie was a receptionist at the Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester England for 12 years before moving to the United States in 1976.

She was a member of the Garrett Presbyterian Church.

Annie married Harold A Conkle on January 26, 1976 in Manchester, England and he died July 28, 1999.

She is survived by a step daughter and a step son, Elizabeth Ann See of Garrett and David N Conkle of Garrett; 4 step grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren and several grandchildren and relatives living in Great Britain.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 2 sons, Robert C South and Richard B South.


A memorial service will be held Monday April 21, 2014 at 11 Am at the Garrett Presbyterian Church with Rev William Haworth officiating. Burial will be in Christian Union Cemetery, Garrett
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Garrett Presbyterian Church.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Annie's family and friends.  May our candle burn brightly forever......

REST IN PEACE ANNIE

To send a condolence go to www.fellerandclark.com


 

 


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Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day.  It is cold outside with the temperature of 24 degrees and the windchill of 17 degrees at 6:56am.  There is some wind out there and you will also find that you have snow on your cars.  Make sure you warm them up and clean off your windows so that you are able to see out.  The roads are dry to damp looking around town in Kendallville.  But they could be icy in spots outside of town so do be careful while your out driving this morning in the dark.  There are NO school delays for this morning.  But do have your kids wear something warm and a coat as the temperature is not going to be that warm today as previous days.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Libraries closing for Good Friday.  The Kendallville Public Library and Limberlost Public Library in Rome City will be closed Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

Both libraries will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday.    Reported by KPC News

Also improvements proposed for two city streets.  Garden Street between Vine and Diamond streets and Riley Street between Diamond Street and U.S. 6 are proposed major street improvements projects this year.

 

The City Council tonight is scheduled to discuss 2014 street improvement projects and take action on Engineering Department Administrator Scott Derby’s recommendations.

In a memo to the council, Derby said the bid package to contractors should include milling and resurfacing Riley Street and milling and resurfacing Garden Street, cast and structure replacement and spot curb replacement. Riley Street is one of the city’s main north-south thoroughfares, and Garden Street is a busy access to the East Noble High School campus and the Cole Center Family YMCA.

The recommendations follow a review by Derby, Street Superintendent Ryan Alwine and the council’s Streets and Alleys Committee of proposed street projects and 2014 budget allocations for street improvements.

In other business, the proposed garage sales ordinance is eligible for third and final reading, and Code Enforcement Officer Terry Longsworth’s March report is due for review.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in City Hall.   Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

And kindergarten roundups tonight at Northside and Rome City.  Kindergarten roundup will be tonight at 6 p.m. at Rome City and North Side elementary schools.

Parents of children who will be age 5 on or before Aug. 1 of this year should bring their child to the school to register for the 2014-2015 school year, school officials said. Important information will be announced.

 

 

Kindergarten roundup for Avilla Elementary School will be Tuesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the school. The date for South Side Elementary is Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m.

Wayne Center kindergarten roundup was held April 10.

Parents who cannot attend the roundup meetings should contact the schools.   Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

4/15/2014

Hi: 36°

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Chance of flurries in the morning. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

Lo: 22°

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 20s. North winds around 5 mph shifting to the south after midnight.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 

 

 

 


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Monday, 14 April 2014


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day and that your weekend was enjoyable.  It sure was a very nice weekend.  I know we got alot of things done of some Spring Cleaning.  What fun did you do?  Our temperature is at 60 degrees with the windchill of 59 degrees at 7:05am.  It is rainy and windy out so do be careful on the wet roads.  

Today we have Avalon Village coming in to call the numbers for our Bingo Players around noon.  Come in and have some fun!!

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Steam locomotive coming in May.  A historic steam train will pass through DeKalb and Noble counties on the weekend of May 3 and 4, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society said Friday.

Steam locomotive 765 will make one or two trips each day between Elkhart and Bryan, Ohio, on the Norfolk Southern railroad for the railroad’s employee appreciation event.

 

Cities and towns along the route include Ligonier, Kendallville, Waterloo and Butler. A spokesman for the society, Kelly Lynch, said people in those communities will have at least two and up to four chances per day to see the locomotive pass through. A timetable is expected to be released in late April.

The trips will carry the name of Commodore Vanderbilt, a historic passenger train that operated over the route.

Later this summer, July 12 and 13, the locomotive will pull two round-trip excursions as the Detroit Arrow, operating between Detroit and Fort Wayne. Passengers will travel to Fort Wayne for a four-hour layover at Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Festival.

Tickets for the Detroit Arrow go on sale Wednesday and include seating accommodations in coach, deluxe coach, first class and dome class passenger cars. Information is available at fortwaynerailroad.org and 493-0765.

The Detroit Arrow trips will pass through Montpelier, Ohio, and Butler and Grabill.

Last year, each Detroit-to-Fort Wayne trip behind the 765 sold out, with its last excursion out of Fort Wayne selling out in less than two hours. The train carried passengers, enthusiasts and tourists from the region and from around the world.

The railroad historical society will announce additional operations featuring engine 765 in May. A fall schedule will be released later.

In 2013, the railroad historical society published a smartphone app that allows people to track the train by GPS and social media. This year, the society will release a full-length documentary, “Listen for the Whistle,” showcasing its all-volunteer efforts to preserve and make railroad history.

The society said a riverfront attraction project featuring engine 765 and the operations and collection of the railroad historical society are under consideration as part of the City of Fort Wayne’s Riverfront District Study. The concept would create a mixed-use, rail yard park destination near downtown Fort Wayne.

Steam locomotive 765 was built for the Nickel Plate Road in 1944 and operated trains between Chicago and Fort Wayne until 1958. In 1960, it was selected for display in Fort Wayne’s Lawton Park as a monument to the steam locomotive era and and in recognition for the massive “Elevate the Nickel Plate Project” that removed a dozen grade crossings from downtown Fort Wayne.

Removed from the park in 1974, engine 765 was restored to operating condition through an all-volunteer effort and returned to service in 1979. The locomotive was completely rebuilt in completely rebuilt in a five-year effort, ending in 2005, that cost $750,000 and involved 15,000 volunteer hours.    Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

4/14/2014

Hi: 56°

Cloudy. Showers likely in the morning...then slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the lower 60s. Temperatures falling into the 40s in the afternoon. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph shifting to the northwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Lo: 25°

Snow...possibly mixed with rain through midnight...then snow likely after midnight. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain and snow 90 percent.

A reminder for tonight and tomorrow night of freezing temperatures so if you have any delicate plants outside you might want to cover them up to help protect them from the cold.
 

Take care and be safe.

Shelly

 

 


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Friday, 11 April 2014


Good Foggy Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and a wonderful weekend.  I know when I got up this morning it was a little foggy and then my phone went off with a message that school was delayed 2 hours and which I have posted them and will keep them updated until it's time for school.  It was cool this morning with the temperature of 40 degrees with the windchill of 39 degrees.  We do have fog rolling in and that is the reason for school delays.  So you will have moist covered windows from rain and the fog on your car windows.  What kind of plans do you have for the weekend?

Today we have our Euchre players coming in around 1ish to have their card game.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Railroad crossing upgrades planned.  The city’s three railway crossings will be closed at the same time temporarily in mid-June for new rail replacement, and the Riley Street and Park Avenue crossings will be rebuilt, causing each to be closed for about a week, but not at the same time.

City engineering department administrator Scott Derby explained Norfolk Southern railroad’s plan for improvements to the Kendallville Redevelopment Commission Wednesday morning..

 

In mid-June, new rail will be laid beginning at C.R. 500E and proceeding east at walking speed, Derby said. The closure of all three crossings at the same time will last 15-45 minutes. Norfolk Southern will alert city officials a week in advance of the closings.

Concrete slabs on the Main Street crossing will be disassembled and reassembled during the summer months, requiring a week-long closure.

Concrete panels will be placed at the Riley Street crossing, requiring a week-long closure.

Work on the Park Avenue crossing will commence after Riley Street opens. If concrete panels are not available, Norfolk Southern will reconstruct the crossing with asphalt that can be replaced with concrete at a later date, Derby said. Railroad officials have been notified to keep the Park Avenue crossing open during the Noble County Fair, July 12-19.

Redevelopment commissioners are interested in the rail crossing upgrades because downtown tax increment finance funds were used for the most recent Main Street crossing improvements.

In other business, commissioners:

• approved a $723 facade matching grant for KPC Media Group Inc., representing 50 percent of the cost of the company’s new sign project for its building at 102 N. Main St. Affordable Signs of Kendallville is the contractor for the work costing $1,446.

• appointed commission member Lance Harman as its representative on a scoring committee to select an engineering firm for the proposed Fairview Boulevard reconstruction project. Other committee members are Mike Post from the Board of Public Works and Councilman Regan Ford from council’s streets and alleys committee. Kendallville has been awarded more than $3.1 million in Federal Highway Administration road funds for the project, which is slated for late 2016 or 2017.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Also statewide amateur radio emergency drill planned.  Noble County will join the rest of Indiana in RACES this weekend, but the event won’t involve vehicles, horses, dogs or people.

The annual statewide Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service test for 2014 will take place Saturday, and Noble County Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Newton is hoping for a good on-air turnout..

 

“These amateur radio people have been so critical in emergency situations, so helpful,” Newton said. Helping them be better prepared can benefit all of the county and nearby territory, he added.

Newton is working with people from the Amateur Radio Emergency Service to coordinate the test. He will participate from the Noble County Emergency Operations Center, with “ham” radio operators setting up a regional radio center, he said.

Newton hopes to get local people to sign on to the radio “network” Saturday using radio settings used by the ARES and RACES systems. A list of settings is available at in.gov/dhs/2686.htm

The date of this year’s test was changed to Saturday from its usual date in January. The date change was made due to an upgrade of the state’s situational awareness software, making the software “county-centric” instead of “state-centric,” the state said.

Participants need to be licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and designated by the county Emergency Management Agency director.   Reported by Bob Braley KPC News

Today and the weekend's weather is supposed to be:

4/11/2014

Hi: 64°

Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. East winds around 5 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon.

Lo: 41°

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

4/12/2014

Hi: 72°

Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Lo: 56°

Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Warmer. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds 15 to 20 mph.

Sunday

4/13/2014

Hi: 69°

Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Lo: 50°

Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Take care and be safe.  Have a great weekend ya'll!!
Shelly

 

 

 


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DELAYS

DELAYS
 
 
NOBLE COUNTY
 
East Noble Community Schools: 2-Hour Delay
St. John Lutheran-Kendallville: 2-Hour Delay
St. Mary's School-Avilla: 2-Hour Delay
Foundations of Noble County: 2 Hour Delay
 
 
STEUBEN COUNTY
 
Fremont Community Schools: 2-Hour Delay, 6th Grade Field Trip Postponed
MSD Steuben County: 2-Hour Delay
NE Ind. Special Ed Coop-Steuben Co.: 2-Hour Delay
Hamilton Community Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Heaven Sent Preschool: 1-Hour Delay
 


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Updated: Friday, 11 April 2014 7:00 AM EDT

Thursday, 10 April 2014

NTS RIDER PASSES AWAY
One of our NTS Riders Chyrle Eileen Thompson of Kendallville has passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the young age of 65 years. 

She was born in Warsaw on January 29, 1949 to Albert G. Thompson and Frances E. (Droud) Thompson.

Ms. Thompson graduated from East Noble High School in 1967.          

She worked as a certified nursing assistant at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla for 6 years.

Ms. Thompson was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kendallville.

Survivors include:

Brother; John and Joanie Thompson of Tucson, Arizona.
Nephew; Caleb and Tin Thompson of Philippines.
Nephew; Anthony Thompson of Tucson, Arizona.
Nephew; John North of Albion.
Several great nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be Friday, April 11, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.  at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street in Kendallville.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,  1901 Dowling Street in Kendallville.

Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville, Indiana.

Our thoughts and prayers goes out to Chyrle's family and friends.  May our candle burn brightly forever......

REST IN PEACE CHYRLE

To send a condolence go to www.hitefuneralhome.com


 

 


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Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day!!!!  It sure looks like it will be a wonderful day with some sunshine and course later this evening we will have some rain.  Our temperature for this morning is 45 degrees and the wind chill of 40 degrees at 7:51am.  What do you enjoy doing outside when it is nice out?

Today we have our Carry-In Dinner at noon.  We also have Annette with SHIP.  There will be bingo after the dinner.  The Red Hat Ladies will have their monthly meeting.  We will also blood pressure checks before the dinner as well.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  East Noble Superintendent backs teacher ratings.  East Noble educators are as good as their high evaluation scores indicate, Superintendent Ann Linson said this week.

New ratings for educators in all school districts became public this week when the Indiana Department of Education released them..

 

“I am positive the (East Noble School Corp.) teachers match and exceed the best teachers in the state.” Linson said.

The report showed 99 percent of East Noble educators received ratings of effective or very effective. Statewide, 87.6 percent of educators received those ratings.

Linson cautioned that comparing a school district to state averages and other districts can be difficult, however.

The new ratings, required by a 2011 state law, feature four levels — 1. ineffective; 2. needs improvement; 3. effective and 4. very effective. School districts must evaluate teachers, counselors and administrators. Only educators with ratings of 3 and 4 are eligible for pay increases. Those with ratings of 1 or 2 must follow individual improvement plans.

Only two East Noble educators — 1 percent of the staff of 202 members — received ratings of needs improvement. No East Noble educators were rated as ineffective. Statewide, 2 percent of educators were rated as needing improvement and 0.4 percent were rated ineffective.

“East Noble School Corporation has excellent teachers who give well over 100 percent every day to their students to ensure their students are successful academically as well as developing into a well-rounded adult with character and integrity,” Linson said. “ The ratings of 1-2-3-4 are truly insignificant in the grand scheme of things. It is more about how the district uses the assessment system and data to provide support and develop their teachers into master teachers.”

School districts performed their own evaluations and could use a state-approved system or develop their own systems.

Linson said the evaluations assessed teachers on 20 indicators covering purposeful planning, effective instruction, teacher leadership and core professionalism. East Noble added three indicators involving technology integration and student data accountability.

“When people are assessing the performance of people impacting people, the assessment becomes very subjective,” Linson said. “The culture and expectations of a district make it very difficult to compare one district to another and even a district to the state data. Quite frankly, the numbers published are not comparing apples to apples, nor is the public fully aware of the evaluation process and evaluation dynamics within each district.”    Reported by Dave Kurtz KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

4/10/2014

Hi: 66°

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers in the morning...then mostly cloudy with showers likely in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Lo: 36°

Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers through midnight...then mostly clear after midnight. Lows around 40. North winds around 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph through midnight.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a wonderful day!!!  It is a bit chilly this morning with the temperature of 33 degrees and the windchill of 32 degrees.  You will probably have some moisture on your windows this morning but it looks like it will be a sunny day! The flood warning has been expired for now. 

Today we have the Foot Clinic with Toni today!  If you would like to have your toenails soaked, trimmed/clipped or massaged then give us a call to set up an appointment.  Make sure you remember to bring your own foot basin and towel.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  EAst Noble e-learning makeup day is Saturday.  East Noble has scheduled a full-day e-learning makeup day Saturday for all K-12 students.

The makeup day, with five hours for elementary children and six hours for secondary students, replaces one of the snow days when the school corporation canceled classes.

 

All students will take their devices home for the weekend to complete their assignments, said East Noble Superintendent Ann Linson. Teachers will be expected to hold two e-office hours Saturday between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The two hours may be split into two one-hour slots. They also will check email throughout the day to provide help for students.

“A true virtual student doesn’t always work between the structured hours of 8 to 3,” Linson said in a message to parents on the school corporation website. The student may work late evenings, early morning, Friday night or Sunday.

Teachers will give assignments before students leave school Friday, and some assignments may be provided earlier.

“By doing this, students without Internet access will have time to load Internet-based information they need to complete the work,” Linson said. This may include videos created by teachers.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

4/9/2014

Hi: 56°

Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Lo: 41°

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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