School board recognizes Boone Grove bowling team

2013-03-24T18:00:00Z School board recognizes Boone Grove bowling teamSusan O’Leary Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 24, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

BOONE GROVE | The Porter Township school board recognized the Boone Grove High School girls bowling team at its March meeting.

The team is the 2013 state bowling champion out of 210 teams in Indiana, coach Mike Kraushaar said.

“These girls take a lot of pride in representing the school,” he said. “It was a heck of a season as a team. Thank you for your support," he told the board, "it does mean a lot.”

In a second presentation, Katie Franz of Boone Grove Middle School introduced the board and audience to the Boone Grove Middle School Learning Resource Education (LRE) Sensory Room and Greenhouse.

Superintendent Stacy Schmidt explained tuition support per average daily membership figures in her monthly “financial moment.”

Schmidt said $5,707 is the state average for tuition support per ADM, and eight of the 10 schools receiving the most tuition support are charter schools. Schmidt said Porter Township schools ranked 325 of 363 school corporations.

“We are at the bottom and below the state average for tuition support,” Schmidt said. “All of our districts (in Porter County) are well below state average. There’s quite a bit more variance in Lake County. There you see East Chicago and Gary that are ranking up there in a high level of tuition support. East Chicago ranks second and Gary ranks fifth.”

“It is interesting information and gives you a little bit of perspective for where we fall in tuition support,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt reported on the financial status of the district for 2013.

“We’re right on track, we’re doing very well financially,” she said.

The board approved donations to the district including $300 from Lakeside Collision, $425 from Porter Township Youth League, and $350 from Winfield Woods Chiropractic.

Schmidt said teachers and administrators are exploring incorporating tablets, such as iPads, in the classroom.

“The teachers have talked for many years about this possibility,” said Schmidt “We like to say it is not about the device, it’s how it would impact teaching and learning.”

A group of high school teachers and students visited a school in Bluffton, Ind., to observe how the students used tablets in the classroom.

“We are working really hard on cost, obviously that’s the hurdle in front of us,” Schmidt said. “As we project our numbers for next year, we still have a ways to go. Next month, we’re going to be back and present again and have more information.”

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