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One man alone decided an appointment to the Valparaiso School Board last month. The stunning wrongness of that has finally blown me off the fence on whether the city should have an appointed or elected board.
As a tightwad, I don't like to part with my moola.
This living room designed by Brian Patrick Flynn shows several layers of pattern — zig-zag floors, baluster wallpaper and graphic pillows — to add visual depth. Flynn claims that just like personalities, multiple layers make a room more complex, one-of-a-kind and require skill and experience…
When decorating spaces where dates are likely to start or end, designer Brian Patrick Flynn suggests playing with reflective surfaces and passionate hues such as fire engine red. In this condo for a bachelor, Flynn covered hallways with a glossy graphic red wallpaper, added a red chinoiserie…
VALPARAISO | Recriminations rather than the requested suggestions led off the public input portion of a workshop with the Valparaiso School Board on Tuesday to address a projected $3.2 million budget shortfall.
VALPARAISO | How did Valparaiso Community Schools' anticipated 2012 general fund deficit more than triple since October?
VALPARAISO | The health of the Valparaiso Community Schools' general fund will take center stage at tonight's meeting of the School Board.
VALPARAISO | In a prelude to what promises to be a challenging 2012 budget year, Valparaiso Community Schools took steps Tuesday to put its 2011 financial house in order by the end of the year.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Schools will begin an "expenditure reduction process" aimed at cutting about $2 million from the 2012 budget.
PORTAGE | More than $500,000 in costs of NorthShore Health Centers but paid by Portage Township Schools were called into question during Wednesday's discussion meeting of the School Board.
KOUTS | The East Porter County School Corp. will explore the possibility of connecting Morgan Township schools to the city of Valparaiso's wastewater treatment system.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso teachers' expanded collaboration time -- increased this school year by the addition of late student starts on Wednesdays -- was described as "very helpful" and "a godsend" by school personnel Tuesday.
Assigned to transportation operations in the Philippines during World War II, Al Waters earned a quick field promotion, thanks to earlier Boy Scouts training.
PORTAGE | About 15 students previously enrolled in the adult education program now attend Portage High School's alternative night school, the Portage Township Schools board learned Wednesday.
VALPARAISO | There will be a significant decrease in Valparaiso Community Schools' general fund in 2012 because of changes in state education funding, the district finance officer told the School Board and public Tuesday.
KOUTS | The East Porter County School Corporation board on Monday adopted a 2012 budget across all funds totaling $27.9 million.
PORTAGE | It will be at least another month before the city acts to force the developer of Dune Wood Trails to clean up the subdivision.
Once, when close friends lost their home, Tom Dobbins had them come live with his family for six months.
KOUTS | Technology took center stage during a federal education official's visit to Kouts schools Thursday.
Judy Woidke enriched her community through devotion to special needs children and to theater.
Creating something to make others happy was at the heart of Patricia Witt, her daughter said.
VALPARAISO | The flashing red flow of 250 bicycles lit up the Valparaiso nightscape Saturday.
Integrity, humility and a generous spirit were qualities that stood out in Garry Bradley, his wife said.
PORTER TOWNSHIP | Preliminary figures show a small enrollment decline in Porter Township Schools.
VALPARAISO | In the early years of an appliance repair career that spanned nearly half a century, Alvin Barber would come home from work and spend evenings with the family, reading to the three kids and helping with baths. Once they were in bed, he would return to his work in the store until…
PORTAGE | Harvard is not a good school, Portage Township Schools Superintendent Mike Berta said Thursday to Portage's Chamber of Commerce.
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Community Schools board faced pointed questioning Tuesday on its after-the-fact approval of a deal to bring a multimedia screen and scoreboard to Valparaiso High School in time for Friday's football season opener.
Kay Adam loved people and loved serving people.
Jerry Broschart was an independent thinker and kept up with world events -- traits seen in his service both with the U.S. Army and with the U.S. Peace Corps.
For nearly a decade after his wife died in 2001, Melvin Lee Bruder made breakfasts every Saturday morning for patients at the Visiting Nurse Association's hospice center in Valparaiso.
UNION TOWNSHIP | The Union Township School Corp. on Wednesday began laying the groundwork on a potential referendum to support a beleaguered general fund.
CHESTERTON | Chesterton High School's first home football game is not expected to be delayed as the school awaits delivery of the synthetic turf, the athletic director said Tuesday.
KOUTS | The East Porter County School Corporation will seek a 2012 general fund budget about $100,000, or slightly under 1 percent, less than the current year's.
Bill Jones lived history, taught history and loved history.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Schools will greenlight the installation of an electronic display scoreboard at the high school field in time for the first Vikings football game on Aug. 19 -- and ask questions later.
MICHIGAN CITY | Two dozen upended bicycles rested on handlebars and seats Friday, waiting for their riders to refuel at Washington Park before the next stretch of a cross-country odyssey.
PORTER TOWNSHIP | The proposed 2012 budget of the Porter Township School Corp. anticipates a slight increase over 2011 -- as well as a another state cut that would result in a slight net decrease.
PORTAGE | Five hundred new jobs in the city moved one step closer to reality Wednesday.
PORTAGE | A decision on whether to spend $42,000 to install specially designed crosswalks at Portage High School with the district's mascot will wait at least until the Portage Township School Board's next meeting.
VALPARAISO | Stephanie Bohn wants to be famous.
KOUTS | Family involvement and support were cited as important factors in East Porter County School Corporation’s strong 2011 ISTEP+ results.
VALPARAISO | Planning for full-day kindergarten classes and talk of a possible revenue-generating scoreboard at the Valparaiso High School football field highlighted Tuesday's meeting of the Valparaiso School Board.
KOUTS | East Porter County School Corp. students will have a longer fall break, Washington Township buses will have greater protection from vandalism and the elements, and nonteaching classified staff will have more money following the School Board meeting on Monday.
VALPARAISO | Attorney James Sarkisian won a second term Monday on the board of Valparaiso Community Schools.
Joel Vuko was involved in just about everything. At least it seemed that way.
VALPARAISO | More than 150 parents of incoming kindergarten students have indicated they prefer the new full-day option, Valparaiso Community Schools Superintendent Andrew Melin told the School Board on Tuesday.
VALPARAISO | The city's Ethics Commission took no action and said little at Monday's meeting about the City Council's amending of Valparaiso's ethics ordinance last week.
UNION TOWNSHIP | Union Township schools will get a variety of physical plant improvements over the summer, paid from federal stimulus funds awarded over the past two years.
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso City Council interviewed four candidates Monday for appointment to the School Board.
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