Hebron schools final snow day will be June 5

2014-04-12T17:00:00Z 2014-04-12T19:42:24Z Hebron schools final snow day will be June 5Susan O'Leary Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 12, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

HEBRON | The MSD of Boone Township board added one last snow makeup day to the end of the school year at its April meeting.

Superintendent George Letz said June 5, which also is graduation day for seniors, will be the last day of school.

The process of selecting Letz’s successor is “moving along,” he said. Candidates for first interviews with a committee of staff and residents, scheduled for mid-May, will be chosen from applications submitted. “Finalists” resulting from that process then will be interviewed by the board.

Letz encouraged everyone to attend an upcoming showing of the documentary, "Rise Above the Mark," which discusses recent changes imposed by the Indiana Legislature on public schools, including the impact of tax caps, school vouchers and standardized testing.

“Public education has been hit hard,” Letz said. “The Legislature has changed a lot of things as far as how we operate, some of it good, but a lot of it is very difficult to deal with. We’re all beaten up here over the last four or five years. We feel we’ve been rolled over by the Legislature.”

The film will be shown at 5:30 p.m. April 30 at Chesterton High School and at 7 p.m. at Hobart High, also on April 30. Those interested in seeing the film may register at http://www.nwiesc.k12.in.us/nwiesc.

“It would be well worth your time as a teacher, as an administrator, as a board member, as a citizen, to take time to go see this,” said Letz.

Elementary school Principal James Martin and middle school Principal Jeff Brooks reported that the schools are engaged in ISTEP testing the next few weeks, and the Porter County Safe Schools Commission recently evaluated safety procedures at the elementary, middle and high schools, with good results.

High school Principal Mark Lutze said the positive feedback from the commission made him grateful to be a part of the Hebron community.

“They commented on what a great facility this is and how clean it is,” said Lutze. “It made me think what a wonderful custodial staff we have and what great kids we have ... it made me reflect on what a blessing it is to work with such great kids, and that starts at home.”

Lutze said 20 students from the Publications Club, which creates the yearbook and school newspaper, will travel to Ball State University for a journalism conference April 25. The school is also engaged in Accuplacer, PSAT and ACT testing.

“It is quite the extravaganza, quite the set, and quite the production,” said Lutze. “We are finding some talent we didn’t know we had.”

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