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Bluejay Strategic Planning Group to Meet Next Week

posted Sep 23, 2016, 8:46 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on September 23, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The newly appointed Bluejay Strategic Planning Group will meet for the first time next week to discuss ways to market the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin told the school board Tuesday night she’s selected nine volunteers from the community to bring much-needed perspective to the school corporation’s work.

She says the purpose is to ensure and increase positive communication between the school and the community.

“Collaboration within this group will allow us to hear directly from our school community and provide us with insight, concerns, and questions from all stakeholders.  In addition, this alliance will also be able to provide information to the community regarding emerging trends and practices in education and within our own school corporation,” Zupin said.

They will meet Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the central office. The meeting is NOT open to the public. At that time, Zupin says the team will develop objectives, including how to market the school. She says enrollment and the data analysis of students who have withdrawn from N.J.-S.P. will serve as the foundation of the discussion and development of the plan. Over the past year, the corporation has lost 31 students.

Proposed N.J.-S.P. Budget Factors in Declining Enrollment

posted Sep 22, 2016, 8:40 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on September 22, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 
 
The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation’s proposed 2017 budget reflects shrinking revenue, according to information shared during this week’s budget hearing.

Business Manager and Treasurer Guy Richie told the county council the proposal is very similar to what was approved last year, except the dollar amounts are less. The approved 2016 budget is $7.6 million, compared to $7,035,070 proposed for 2017 . Richie says the dip in funding is due to dwindling enrollment. N.J.-S.P. has seen a steady slip in both revenue and enrollment over the past decade. The school board reluctantly approved a reduction in force in the spring after voters rejected a general fund property tax referendum last November. Richie says they also set up a $1.1 million rainy day fund with money from capital projects and transportation. He says it has buoyed the general fund.

“Over the past eight months, we have expended $576,000 less, so with our reductions that are in place, they are working. But at the same time, the receipts in that time frame have been over $700,000 less. So our current cash balance shows at $469,000, but if we had not had the rainy day transfer nor the reductions, we would be negative right now.”

Additionally, enrollment at N.J.-S.P. is down 31 students over this time last year, which will affect the amount of tuition money the corporation gets from the state. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin told the school board Tuesday night she’s in the process of analyzing the data to determine where students went and why.

Richie says told the council enrollment N.J.-S.P. has been declining for the past 14 or 15 years and is expected to continue doing so based on birth rate and aging population data. The council conducts the corporation’s annual budget hearing and approves their proposal since the school board is appointed.

Zupin says the administration will keep a close watch on enrollment and identify potential reductions in force.

“We will look every year about this time, because of the ADM, matching staff with students to get a ratio. It’s something we’re going to have to visit every year and make sure we’re being prudent,” she said.

Several corporations are experiencing declines in enrollment as a result of fewer school-aged children and the state’s open enrollment policy, which allows students to attend classes outside of their home district without paying tuition. Council members asked Zupin at what point the county’s three corporations seriously discuss shared services. She says they’ve talked about it and already have arrangements in place for vocational programs.

N.J.-S.P. Board to Remain Appointed for Now

posted Sep 21, 2016, 8:54 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on September 21, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

Overwhelming public support of an elected North Judson-San Pierre School Board was not enough to overcome the estimated $15,000 cost to transition from the current appointed body. Members voted four to one last night to maintain the status quo. The most recent appointee, Derrick Stalbaum of Rich Grove Township, cast the lone vote in favor of transition via community committee. After polling the board, President Pat Goin said, “I will support whatever plan is brought to the school, hear that loud and clear. I think all the rest of the school board members will, too. We just don’t have the money to pay for it right now.”

Board members received 206 signed responses to a Google survey posted on the school corporation’s website, with 417 comments offered. Of those, members say 85 percent favored an elected board.

Several members of the public who spoke after the board’s decision questioned why cost was never raised as a factor before and pointed out the board’s promise to base their decision on survey responses and the will of the people. Matt Bailey has been one of the leading voices for change. After the meeting he said he was disappointed but not surprised.

Earlier this year, Bailey offered to share in the cost of drafting the transition plan if the board made a decision at its June meeting. The board instead opted to gather more information and give members of the public a chance to weigh in. Bailey says the funding issue was not raised again until 8 p.m. Monday when he got an email from a board member asking if he was still willing to contribute.

He’s previously stated the Bluejay Nation Pride group would proceed with a referendum if the school board failed to act. There’s not time to get the question before voters this fall. Bailey says he’s not yet sure the next steps in the process.

“We’re definitely going to move forward, but what that forward is, there’s some different options there. This has been a long process. It’s been five months now. It’s just something that we need to sit down and think through and make that decision and take those next steps,” Bailey said after the meeting.

A transition plan needs to be drawn up before a petition can be circulated to bring the matter to a vote. The school board’s attorney has advised completing a plan would cost about $15,000. Bailey’s group has already spoken to an attorney about what that process entails. At this time he’s not sure whether they will try to schedule a special election next year or wait until 2018. A special election would carry an additional cost.

WKVI will air the entire discussion on Sunday at noon on Kankakee Valley Viewpoints, as we have throughout this process.

N.J.-S.P. Board Schedules Work Session

posted Sep 19, 2016, 8:33 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on September 19, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will discuss whether or not to transition to an elected board during a work session meeting this evening. The 6:30 p.m. session is open to the public, but no formal action can be taken. Members plan to review input from residents offered via Google survey as well as comments shared during a public meeting last week held for the sole purpose of letting the public weigh in on the contentious topic. A total of 10 people spoke, with seven favoring an elected board.

School board members will take action on their recommendation during tomorrow’s regular monthly board meeting. Should they decide to remain an appointed board, Matt Bailey has previously stated he plans to gather the necessary signatures to bring the question to voters who reside within the school district. First though a transition plan has to be drawn up and presented.

Should the board agree to the change, they would have greater control of the process, including the number of members, term lengths, composition of districts, how the terms would be staggered and whether or not there would be term limits in place.

Tomorrow night’s meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Public Comments Favor Elected N.J.-S.P. School Board

posted Sep 13, 2016, 8:26 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on September 13, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

Members of the public who spoke during last night’s North Judson-San Pierre School Board meeting expressed overwhelming support for an elected board. The five-member appointed panel is meeting Monday evening for a work session to discuss next steps and will announce during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 whether they will voluntarily transition from an appointed to an elected body.

Of the 10 people who signed up and spoke, seven favored a change, one opposed it and the other two stressed the necessity of doing what is best for the community without formally stating a position.

Board members listened intently without comment. At the conclusion of the meeting, Matt Bailey reaffirmed his support for a change to an elected school board.

“It allows 100 percent of the community that choose to get involved can vote to do so. Everyone has a say. That’s the way it should be. All of us should have a say. Then not only do you have a say, but you’re allowed to run for the position if you feel you have the qualities and credentials to do so. Then we the people make that decision if you would be the best person for the positions.”

Bailey added the current appointed process is very exclusionary.

“With an appointed board, less than 1 percent of the people are allowed to be involved—one to three people making the crucial decision of who is running our schools and making decisions for our children and future generations. So we see the appointed process flawed in many ways. Not just that it keeps 99 percent of all the citizens from participating, but normally when the process does happen, we don’t have a clue that it took place.”

Wayne Township resident and North Judson-San Pierre graduate Nathan P. Origer spoke in favor of keeping an appointed board. He says greater accountability is a laudable goal but is not guaranteed, even if board members are elected.

“That accountability argument assumes that you are going to get a better candidate because the person you vote out, if you do vote somebody out, that somebody’s going to step up and that somebody is going to put his reputation on the line to publicly campaign and is going to put money into campaigning. It also assumes that somebody can’t do sufficient damage in four years. I work in government, I work in county government. It takes less than four years for somebody to set back progress decades. You don’t need to wait to get them out to see that, and sometimes that damage cannot be undone.”

Origer says the school board is not the issue when it comes to declining revenue and drops in enrollment. Rather it’s an issue of economics and demographics.

“Going from an appointed board to an elected board because you don’t like how the transparency is missing for some of the townships is like going to a neurosurgeon for a paper cut. Replacing an appointed board with an elected board to solve problems rooted in economics and demographics is like going to see a psychiatrist because your car won’t start. This is not going to fix things, and we’re going to take some serious risks by making change for the sake of change.”

WKVI will air last night’s meeting in its entirety on Sunday at noon on Kankakee Valley Viewpoints.

*School Activity Calendar

posted Aug 1, 2016, 10:31 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 16, 2016, 2:46 PM ]

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NJ-SP School Calendar


2016-2017 Balanced School Calendar

posted Apr 22, 2016, 10:21 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library


Homework Hotline

posted Aug 10, 2015, 4:20 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 12:35 PM ]

Homework isn’t always easy. That’s why the Homework Hotline is here to help. It’s a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana students in grades 6-12.

Tutors are Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students who major in math, science or engineering—which means they’re more than equipped to help with virtually any math or science homework problem.

Student privacy is always protected, and students are never asked for their last name or phone number. The Homework Hotline is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The program is certified by the National Tutoring Association.

Athletic Schedules for NJ-SP

posted Nov 16, 2013, 10:53 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jul 22, 2016, 11:52 AM ]

When does the boys/girls (insert sport here) start?  Who's their first game against?  Where will it be played?  

Well, my first response to that would probably be to ask you, "Are you referring to Varsity, Jr. Varsity, Freshman, 7th & 8th grade, or 6th grade?"  So to make it simpler, we are giving you a link to the North Judson-San Pierre Athletic Department on the North Judson-San Pierre School website.  

You can create a fan account and receive alerts when sports schedules change due to postponements or cancellations. Go to www.bluejaysports.org to create an account. The school website has detailed instructions!  

You can find out what is going on each month by visiting http://www.bluejaysports.org/main/calendar.  In order to see information about the month or season you will need to "Select Teams".  This will open up a window where you can select the SPORT - ie:  football, basketball, swimming, baseball, volleyball, etc, or leave it on ALL SPORTS; then select a LEVEL - ie: varsity, jr. varsity, 8th, 7th or leave it on ALL LEVELS; finally select GENDER - ie: boys, girls, or leave it on ALL GENDERS.  Click on ADD and then VIEW SCHEDULE.  You will then see everything that is scheduled for the items you chose.  You can change the information you see at any time just by changing the items you select. 

The calendar can be arranged by Day, 5 Days, or Month.  You also have the option of choosing a particular Season which will open a window giving you basically the same options as under "Select Teams".   You can click on each event to get more information - ie:  time, date, location, which school/schools are part of the event (golf, track).  

Girls Sectional Alignments 2015-2017:  



Boys Sectional Alignments 2015-2017:  

Liberty Elementary Fundraising Activities

posted Nov 16, 2013, 9:48 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 18, 2015, 3:03 PM ]

Labels for Education

Campbell's Labels for Education is a program that helps schools obtain free educational merchandise in exchange for proofs of purchase collected from eligible Campbell brands.  You can help by saving and forwarding proofs of purchase to your local school. School's will redeem them for FREE merchandise such as computers, software, physical education equipment, musical instruments, library books or even a minivan, from Campbell's Labels for Education.

Box Tops for Education

With your help, over $300 million has been raised for our schools through the Box Tops for Education program since 1996. All that clipping has resulted in much-needed supplies for over 90,000 schools across the country. Learn how you can raise money for school, and get those earnings even higher.  One can truly make a different.  So, turn those shopping trip into easy cash for your school, and encourage friends to do the same! Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios®, Hamburger Helper® and Kleenex®, in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and send them to your school’s Box Tops coordinator — each one is worth 10¢ for your school.

Tyson A+ Program

Tyson Project A+™ label redemption incentive award program is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. The program is designed to help schools earn extra money quickly and easily. The money may be used in any way the school chooses.  Parents, school faculty members, and others in the community clip and save labels from Tyson® products that feature the Tyson Project A+™ label. The labels are collected at a participating school, and the school can then redeem them for cash.  In your grocer’s freezer section, look for Tyson® products that display the Tyson Project A+™ logo on the package. 

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