Message from the Superintendent
Please click on the link below to view a letter that was sent to Kingsbury parents last Thursday, and the LPCSC adminstration response to concerns.
La Porte County Health Department Press Release
Please click on the link below for information from the La Porte County Health Department regarding Zika and West Nile Virus and the habits of mosquitoes.
Congratulations to Marty Briggs!
Congratulations to Crichfield Elementary School teacher, Marty Briggs, for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching! Please click on the link for details!
New Visitor Sign-In Procedures
The La Porte Community School Corporation is pleased to announce that we will begin using a new system to check guests into our buildings and to print visitor badges, beginning September 6, 2016. This new system, known as the Raptor Visitor Management System, will help us keep visitor data, allow staff to clearly identify guests, and help protect our students from unwelcomed visitors.
Beginning September 6, all parents, visitors, contractors, and guests who wish to enter the school (beyond the office area) will be asked to present a valid state-issued photo I.D. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, military I.D., or passport. Our new management system will scan the I.D. and print a visitor’s badge with a picture. It will also check the sexual predator database to ensure that known predators are not approved to enter our schools. Admittance of visitors without a state-issued photo I.D. will be determined by administration. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools to drop off or pick up items in the office, to attend conferences, open houses, school events, etc.
Our new visitor system does not replace our process of performing background checks. Volunteers and chaperones will still be required to complete volunteer forms and pass criminal history background checks.
If you are interested in learning more about the Raptor Visitor Management System, please visit the Raptor Technologies website (www.raptortech.com).
The safety of our students is our highest priority. Our new visitor management system will help us protect our students and record who visits for what reason. As with any new initiative involving technology, there will be details to address. We appreciate your willingness to be patient and cooperate with our staff. We are working hard to keep our schools safe for your children.
LPCSC Building Projects Update Blog
LPCSC New Teachers
Letter from the Superintendent
August 10, 2016
Dear Slicer Families:
On behalf of the La Porte Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees and employees, we are excited that students will arrive on August 11, 2016, for our first day of classes. Our teachers have been working hard to prepare for their arrival and we look forward to another successful school year.
During the summer, we recruited nearly 30 new teachers to work with our students. We look forward to the diversity and fresh ideas that they will bring to our team as we prepare students for success in their college and career endeavors.
This school year we will be designing and beginning construction of a new Handley Elementary School, a new Boston Middle School, and transforming our high school auditorium into a performing arts center.
Finally, we anticipate more success stories from students and staff during the 2016-2017 school year. We encourage you to stay connected on social media and enjoy the work that our high school public relations teams do to post student and staff success stories.
Mark D. Francesconi
2016-2017 Textbook Rental, Fees, and Supplies
Kindergarten - $134.00
First Grade - $172.00
Second Grade - $157.00
Third Grade - $156.00
Fourth Grade - $141.00
Fifth Grade - $143.00
Sixth Grade - $251.00
Seventh Grade - $252.00
Eighth Grade - $264.00
Book rental and fees at La Porte High School are based on each individual student’s class selection.
Public Relations Students' Promo for La Porte
Check out these LPCSC Lip Dubs!
Four Star School Announcement
CONGRATULATIONS TO CRICHFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR BEING NAMED AN
INDIANA FOUR STAR SCHOOL!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO INDIAN TRAIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR BEING NAMED AN
INDIANA FOUR STAR SCHOOL!!!
LaPorte Community School Corporation Celebrates 2 Four Star Schools
LaPorte Community School Corporation is pleased to announce that Crichfield and Indian Trail Elementary Schools have been named Four Star Schools by the Indiana Department of Education for the 2014-15 school year. This academic distinction is the result of hard work and collaboration between parents, students, community partners, and staff. We are especially proud, considering Indian Trail and Crichfield were the only elementary schools in the county that earned this award.
To achieve a Four Star School status, schools must earn a schoolwide grade of an “A” during the year of the award and must be in the top 25th percentile for ISTEP+ scores.
Plans are underway to celebrate at each of the schools and at the corporation level
2016-2017 Immunization Requirements
Letter from the Superintendent
From The Desk of Superintendent Francesconi:
We are excited to report that, at the February 8th meeting of the Board of School Trustees, the School Board ruled in favor of adopting the Feasibility Study Action Plan. This plan resulted from needs identified in our recent Feasibility Study. In approving the adoption of the plan, the Board agreed that LPCSC administration should move forward with the next steps of implementation. The following three initiatives make up our action plan: Strategic Plan 2017-2022, Building Project, and 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Plan.
The building project referenced above will make space available for our continuous improvement work, upgrading our facilities, and improving our college and career programs.
Since the school corporation will retire substantial debt over the next few years, we are in a position to undertake a major building project without asking for an increase in revenue/property taxes. The final cost of each project will determine which ones we will be able to complete while avoiding any tax increase.
The components of the building project are listed below. In the event that unforeseen costs or expenses surface, items on the list that are marked “low priority” will be taken out of the project and entered into the capital improvement plan.
1. New "Handley" Elementary School High
2. New "Boston" Middle School High
3. High School Auditorium High
4. High School Renovated Fieldhouse High
5. Renovate Kiwanis Stadium Restrooms and Concessions High
6. New Kiwanis Locker Facility High
7. Renovate Boston for Offices and Programs High
8. Renovate Administrative Building Low
9. Renovate Transportation Garage and Parking Area High
10. Riley Elementary - Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off Low
11. Crichfield Elementary - Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off Low
12. Kingsford Heights - Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off Low
13. Hailmann Elementary - Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off Low
14. Kesling Middle School - Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off High
At our March School Board meeting, we will hold a public hearing where the projects will be presented to the public and discussed. After the public hearing, we will develop a timeline to identify steps required to begin work on the projects.
Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022
In reviewing the Feasibility Study findings, areas of improvement have been identified. Our strategic planning team will focus on this information in the development of a five-year strategic plan.
The strategic planning team will convene in the fall of 2016. Its goal will be to develop a plan ensuring that LPCSC demonstrates improvement in each of our continuous- improvement domains, as recognized in the Feasibility Study findings. Action Plans and Smart Goals will be identified by teams comprised of staff, students, parents, community members, and administration.
Capital Improvement Plan
The final element of our Action Plan involves the design and implementation of a five-year schedule for building maintenance, technology, and improvements. The Feasibility Study data identified clear needs for each LPCSC building and department.
The implementation of the Feasibility Study Action Plan will ensure that all of our buildings are on a schedule to be improved and maintained. This, in turn, will promote an atmosphere conducive to delivering the programs our students need to succeed.
On the Move
It is an exciting time of growth in La Porte. We are eager to improve both our facilities and our college and career programs to prepare our students for future success. We will embrace the opportunities created by these improvements to collaborate with our local businesses and industry. Only with your support and participation can we ensure the success of our schools, our students, and our future.
Superintendent of Schools
La Porte Community School Corporation
LPCSC Feasibility Study Process Findings
LPCSC Feasibility Study Action Plan
LPCSC Public Relations Team Gains Recognition
Please click on the link below to read the Herald Argus article regarding the Public Relations Team at La Porte High School!
Public Relations Team
Message from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Each year, questions surface as to who makes the decisions regarding school delays and cancellations and what factors are considered. At the La Porte Community School Corporation, we rely on a team consisting of our Transportation Director, Director of Maintenance, and our CFO. This team advises the Superintendent on conditions related to visibility, temperature, snow accumulation/predictions, road conditions, snow-plow progress reports, the feasibility of starting buses, and the clearing of our school lots, sidewalks, etc.
The team strives to make their final determination by 5:15 a.m. Team members rise early to contact sources and travel roads before reporting their findings. Once a determination is made, we then begin communicating the delay or cancellation via automated phone messaging, texts, website postings, and media contacts. There is no easy rule to follow when making decisions regarding delays and cancellations. Temperatures below zero concern the team. However, temperatures well above zero can produce wind chills below zero. Complicating matters is the fact that La Porte County is the second largest county in Indiana, and temperatures, wind chills, and thermometer readings vary within our own district. Obviously, visibility and road conditions are important when making decisions on snow delays or cancellations. Predicting when snow will start or stop is not easy and, again, conditions vary within our own school district. Our team is committed to erring on the side of caution while balancing the reality that severe weather conditions are likely during our winters and the “real world” doesn’t close or have two-hour delays.
We want our parents to be at ease regarding the safety of their children. If your children are in a bus-serviced area, we encourage you to take advantage of that transportation option. Our drivers are committed to safely transporting your children.
Lastly, in the event that you are uncomfortable sending your child to school because of the weather conditions, you have the right to keep your child at home until such time that you believe the conditions are favorable for safe travel. Each school allows for a reasonable number of parent-excused absences before the school initiates excessive-absence interventions.
Mark D. Francesconi
By clicking on the link below, you will be directed to NEOLA, where you may view the updated Anti-Harassment Policies numbered 1662, 3362, 4362, and 5517.
Wellness & Healthy Eating in Elementary Schools
Please read the attached brochure from the LPCSC Food Service Department regarding changes taking place that will affect the types of foods taken in to elementary schools.
Making Healthy Choices
LPCSC Seclusion and Restraint Plan
No person shall be excluded from participation in the educational programs, activities, instruction and facilities of the La Porte Community School Corporation, or denied the benefits of or otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin or handicapping condition including limited English proficiency.
For further information, clarification, or complaint, please contact the following persons:
- Personnel and Section 504: Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Steve Manering, 1921 ‘A’ Street, La Porte, IN 46350, 362-7056
- Facilities: Director of Facilities, Mr. Marc Cizewski, 205 Rumely Street, La Porte, IN 46350, 362-7145
- Liaison for Homeless Children: Sarah Fine, La Porte High School, 602 F Street, La Porte, IN 46350, 219-362-3102
Delays & Closings