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James Sarkisian

Valpo schools plan receives positive response

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Schools board members expressed initial support for the building concept plans presented Thursday by Superintendent Ric Frataccia that could result in a $150 million referendum in November 2015.

September 18, 2014 8:40 pm

Valpo schools seek $61.2 million budget in 2015

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Schools employees will get a 1.5 percent raise if the School Board's 2015 budget is approved as presented to the state.

August 21, 2014 9:00 pm

Valpo schools put further limits on snacks

VALPARAISO | The days of parents bringing a cake to their elementary school child's class to celebrate a birthday or other event apparently are over.

May 03, 2014 6:00 pm

Valpo votes to accept parochial school transfers

VALPARAISO | Jose Rios choked with emotion as he asked the school board to continue the policy of allowing the children of school employees to attend Valparaiso schools even if they live outside the city.

April 25, 2014 2:23 pm

Valpo schools dealing with new laws on transfer students

VALPARAISO | Recent changes in state law could force Valparaiso Community Schools to refuse students from outside the township, including some it now accepts.

April 14, 2014 12:30 am

Valpo School Board to seek public input on buildings

VALPARAISO | The School Board has heard the reports from consultants on where the student population will be in the coming years and what needs to be done with its buildings to provide its students with a 21st century education.

April 07, 2014 8:19 pm

Valpo schools considering change to public comment policy

VALPARAISO | Public comment has long been a controversial topic at Valparaiso Community Schools board meetings, and a change in the board's policy on public comment already is drawing more public comment.

April 07, 2014 7:04 pm

Valpo high school to welcome Chinese students

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso School Board approved an agreement with Lumenus USA that could place up to 30 Chinese students in the high school graduating class of 2015.

January 24, 2014 6:00 pm

Valpo schools promise to improve despite challenges

VALPARAISO | The annual state of the schools presentation to the City Council on Monday recapped steps the board took to tidy up its financial house and came with a promise that the schools will improve despite the challenges ahead.

April 14, 2012 6:30 pm

Sarkisian reappointed to Valpo Schools board

VALPARAISO | Attorney James Sarkisian won a second term Monday on the board of Valparaiso Community Schools.

June 27, 2011 9:30 pm
Valparaiso School Board approves full-day kindergarten with continued half-day option

Valparaiso School Board approves full-day kindergarten with continued half-day option

VALPARAISO | Full-day kindergarten is on the way to the Valparaiso Community Schools after School Board members unanimously approved immediate implementation of the program at a special meeting Saturday.

June 11, 2011 8:00 pm

Valpo lacking candidates for School Board slot

VALPARAISO | With only one candidate so far having submitted an application for the School Board appointment, it could be a brief interview process for the City Council.

May 27, 2011 6:55 pm

Valpo council goes to school on board choice

VALPARAISO | The City Council is ready to accept applications for the School Board appointment, and Monday it got a sampling of what the public would like from the new board member.

April 25, 2011 6:09 pm

This public board likes things very private

In a "forest-for-the-trees" scenario, Valparaiso Community Schools board President James Sarkisian apparently couldn't see the disgruntled mob at Monday's board meeting for all the people standing in his way.

January 22, 2011 12:00 am

MARK KIESLING: Elected Valpo School Board could cut secrecy

On a cold, wintry night when most people would rather stay inside, about 300 people packed the Valparaiso School Board meeting Monday.

January 19, 2011 12:00 am
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