Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


September 12, 2013

GCS Board hears plan for teaching state, Federal standards

GREENSBURG — At the regular meeting of the Greensburg Community Schools (GCS) Board of Education, the board heard a report from GCS Curriculum Director Tammy Williams regarding teaching standards for both Federal- and State-level educational requirements.

The Common Core Standards is an educational agenda established by the Federal government two years ago, GCS Superintendent Tom Hunter told the Daily News after the meeting. The ISTEP test, of course, is the state-level set of educational standards. The Common Core Standards also involve an end-of-year test, and Williams provided information regarding how the two standards will be taught together, to enable students to pass both tests.

The Department of Education, she said, will be providing all educators with continuous guidance as the district moves forward with implementation of a plan to teach both standards together.

Also on Tuesday night, the board heard Superintendent Hunter’s regular, monthly budget report. Afterward, Hunter, obviously pleased, told the Daily News, “We are not at a deficit in any [budgetary] categories. We have a good operational balance in all funds. We’re healthy.”

The Board held a special session Tuesday night to adopt the 2014 Budget, as well as the Capital Funds Budget for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and the 12-year School Bus Replacement Plan. Both budgets and the School Bus Replacement Plan passed unanimously with a 6 to 0 vote.

Also on Tuesday night, the board granted special permission for Greensburg Junior High School to hold a special fundraiser to make up for a deficit in the school’s Student Activities Fund.

GJHS Principal Matt Clifford told the Daily News that the deficit has arisen, in large measure, due to new, recently implemented Federal dietary restrictions.

According to Clifford, money for the fund was previously raised through the sale of on-campus soft drinks.

The money, Clifford said, is used to provide student awards for good behavior such as good attendance and extra effort. Anytime a special, in-class award is presented or a party thrown, the money comes from the Student Activities Fund, Clifford said, adding that, “One hundred percent of this money goes back to students.”

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