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
Building Project Timeline
Please click on the link below to view the Building Project timeline.
The La Porte Community School Corporation is asking for your cooperation in helping us determine who will be entering kindergarten in August. If you have a child who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2016, and have not registered him/her for kindergarten, please do so as soon as possible. Parents will need to go to the elementary school of their attendance area. We need this information by June 1 so that we can determine the number of kindergarten teachers for each elementary school. If you are not certain of your elementary attendance area, please contact the Educational Services Center at 219-362-7056.
A Star-Studded Evening
La Porte Community School Corporation honored the following retirees and honorees on May 12, 2016 at a Star-Studded Evening recognition dinner.
2015 - 2016 Retirees
Susan Smith – 12.5 years Transportation Bus Driver Steve Crane – 16 years Kesling Middle School Teacher Pat Baxter – 18.25 years ESC Treasurer Lynn Phillips – 18.5 years Lincoln Elementary Teacher Deb Hellenga – 20.5 years Crichfield Elementary Media Paraprofessional Susan Adams – 21 years Lincoln Elementary Media Paraprofessional Charles Steck – 22 years LaPorte High School Teacher Cherie Mack – 23 years Technology Data Coach Mary Bencie - 24 years Head School Nurse John Dwyer - 25 years Boston Middle School Teacher Pam Pierzakowski – 23.5 years Kesling Middle School Food Service Peg Dew – 27.5 years Technology Information Systems Manager Connie Kamradt – 28 years Transportation Bus Driver Jean Haynes – 28.5 years Crichfield Food Service Rose Santini – 29 years Technology Instructional & Data Information Support Analyst Kitty Maurer – 32 years Boston Middle School Administrative Assistant Beth Layer – 33 years LaPorte High School Teacher Joyce Lile – 34.5 years Kingsford Heights Elementary Food Service Manager Dorcus Greene – 37.5 years Riley Elementary Teacher Nancy Sanders – 38 years Itinerant Speech/Language Pathologist
Total Years of Service/All Retirees Combined 463.25
15 Years of Service
Barbara Abraham - Kingsbury Elementary Assistant Lori Chambers – Boston Middle School Food Service Steve Crane - Kesling Middle School Teacher Betty Jane Davis - Transportation Bus Driver Kathleen Feltz - LaPorte High School Teacher Johnna Fuentes-Krause - LaPorte High School Teacher Kimberly Glenn - Kingsbury Elementary Teacher Renee Howes – Boston Middle School Teacher Greg Hunt – Corporation Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Iseminger – Wanatah Special Education Teacher Susie Jones – Educational Services Center Accounts Payable Coordinator Kathy King – Kingsbury Elementary Assistant Monika Kirkham – LaPorte High School Preschool Assistant Phillip Long – Boston Middle School Teacher Karen Nelson – Kesling Middle School Teacher Jim Pedretti – Kingsbury/Riley Elementary School Teacher Theresa Senne – Transportation Bus Driver Diane Szynal – Lincoln Elementary School Principal Suzanne Tobey – LaPorte High School Teacher Lori VanWoerden – Wanatah Special Education Assistant Karen Williams - Westville Special Education Teacher
20 Years of Service
Susan Adams – Lincoln Elementary Media Assistant Jim Biehl – Kesling Middle School Custodian Garry Bowers – Support Services Center Network Operations Manager Genia Curl – Lincoln Elementary Teacher Susan Emerick – Indian Trail Elementary Assistant Carolyn Gray – LaPorte High School Teacher Deb Hellenga – Crichfield Elementary Media Assistant Robert James – LaPorte High School Teacher Alesia Lasky – Crichfield Elementary Teacher Jeffrey Leroy – Kesling Middle School Teacher Maryann Llewellyn – Hailmann Elementary Teacher Holly Lyles – Riley Elementary Teacher Susan May – Kingsbury Elementary Food Service Cynthia McDonald – Educational Services Center Grants/Testing Coordinator Jeff Rucker – Support Services Center Maintenance Candace Schafer – LaPorte High School Assistant Principal Gina Schneider – Riley Elementary Assistant John Sherrick – LaPorte High School Teacher Judith Sholtis – Special Education Supervisor Kelly Troy – Kesling Middle School Teacher Roseann Williamson - New Prairie Special Education Assistant
25 Years of Service
Linda Borkowski – Transportation Bus Driver Leann Gary – Kingsbury Elementary Teacher Doreen Harmon – Kesling Middle School Custodian Bruce Kramer – Kingsbury Elementary Custodian Lori Loucks – Boston Middle School Teacher Judy Meadows – Kingsford Heights Elementary Food Service Jeff Moyer – Support Services Center Utility Vickie Nesmith – LaPorte High School Teacher Christine Taylor – LaPorte High School Librarian
30 Years of Service
Diane Brown – Kesling Middle School Assistant Sue Foldenauer – Boston Middle School Administrative Assistant Stephanie Hoke – LaPorte High School Teacher Carla Marhanka – Kingsbury Elementary Teacher Arlene Parthun – Hailmann/Riley Elementary Teacher Harry Pointon – Transportation Mechanic Pam Ribordy – Kingsbury Elementary Teacher Lorraine Tighe – Kesling Middle School Teacher
35 Years of Service
Gary Alexander – Kesling Middle School Teacher Rita Goers – Lincoln Elementary Teacher Judy Hertges – Transportation Bus Driver Chris Kulasa – Boston Middle School Teacher Max Miller – LaPorte High School Teacher Claudia Stuber – Speech/Language Pathologist Ken Wedow – Boston Middle School Custodian
40 Years of Service
Gloria Ballard – Corporation Director of Technology Bill Power – LaPorte High School Teacher
45 Years of Service
Claudia Williams – Kesling Middle School Librarian
Joint 1028 Project and Prelim Determination Hrg
The Joint 1028 Project and Preliminary Determination Hearing, which was held during the March 14, 2016 meeting of the La Porte Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees.
Open Enrollment/District Exception
April 1-June 1, 2016: Applications are now being accepted for Open Enrollment and District Exceptions. The Open Enrollment Form/Inter-District Transfer Request application is available by clicking on the link below. You will be notified of your acceptance or denial, by letter, prior to June 30, 2016.
The Indiana State Department of Health requires our school corporation to post the following information on our website:
Immunization Information to Post for Parents – due to the changes in the Immunization Law, the HPV Report is no longer required. Thus, schools do not need to send home to parents the letter asking them about the HPV immunization status of 6th grade girls. However, sharing information regarding the HPV immunization recommendation for boys and girls, and information regarding the MCV4 vaccine are required for schools. This can be done by posting the information provided by the Indiana Department of Health on your school website. Updated copies of the documents that schools can post on their websites can be found here: http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/health/immunizations
Mark Francesconi, Superintendent
Mary Bencie, Nurse Coordinator
2016-2017 Immunization Requirements
Please click on the link below for the immunization requirements for the 2016-2017 School Year.
Friday, March 11, 2016 will be scheduled as a regular school day to replace the February 10, 2016 school cancellation day.
Friday, May 27, 2016 will be scheduled as a regular school day to replace the February 24, 2016 school cancellation day.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 will be scheduled as a regular school day to replace the February 25, 2016 school cancellation day.
All school and corporation offices will be open and both students and staff will report to school.
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
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
Please click on the link below to view the La Porte Community School Corporation Feasibility Study Process Findings.
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.
All children can learn, we can teach all students, and there are no exceptions.
All students will be challenged throughout their academic career to reach their maximum potential.
Children are unique and their self esteem will be fostered to become successful.
In mutual respect in every interaction with students, staff, parents, and community.
A positive attitude creates a successful working and learning environment.
Personal and professional integrity is critical to the learning process.
District employees are highly valued resources.
Decisions will be information and data based in the best interest of students.
Accountability for student achievement is critical.
A collaborative team approach is essential to ensure high performance.
In an environment in which continuous improvement is embedded in our culture.
In a safe and secure learning environment.
Diversity is an asset that is to be valued and respected.
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