Purdue administrators have identified enough money to manage a tuition freeze for the coming year.
They needed to find about $16.5 million in cuts and/or new revenues. President Mitch Daniels says they exceeded that by about $2.4 million and more might be coming. The university still needs to find nearly $10 million to afford the tuition freeze for 2014-2015 academic year.
A literacy program in Tippecanoe County continues to grow.
Greater Lafayette Commerce and the United Way of Greater Lafayette organized the Read to Succeed effort two years ago. It brings community volunteers into the classroom to help students in kindergarten through third grades in eleven schools.
United Way C.E.O. James Taylor says the program is just one part of improving reading skills.
Permanent classroom space is being added to a local elementary school. Tippecanoe School Corporation board members approved a bid to replace some portable classrooms at Wea Ridge with a new addition to the building.
Superintendent Scott Hanback says the temporary rooms are still functional, but the time has come to upgrade.
"Over time they're just not the best plan for kids. We want to get them inside a brick-and-mortar building from a safety standpoint, from a technology standpoint, integration."
The West Lafayette Community School Corporation has a committee in place for its facilities strategic planning process.
Superintendent Rocky Killion says the 44 member panel will begin work in mid-June with tours of the buildings in the district.
“We have a lot of maintenance issues and I just want to make sure that we gauge community support on what we’re facing with our buildings,” he says. “And the second piece of it then is: Develop a plan or options we all might consider moving forward.”
A Purdue alumnus who won a silver medal in the 1948 Olympics has died. Keith E. Carter passed away May 3, 2013.
While he won a medal, he told WBAA in an interview last summer that he only started to swim competitively as a senior in high school. You can hear that interview HERE and one he did in 1949 with WBAA HERE.
A fee increase is in store for West Lafayette residents. Council members approved an overhaul of the city’s trash code, including a monthly rate increase from $9 to $16.
The new code also gives residents a shorter window to leave their trash containers on the curb. Residents can put their containers out starting at 5 p.m. the day before collection and must remove them by 11 p.m. after pickup.
Councilor Steve Dietrich (R-At Large) says he fought to make an exception for yard waste.