LSC working on new strategic plan

May 29, 2013

A new strategic plan for the Lafayette School Corporation could be finalized before this fall.

Administrators involved in the planning process are looking at the big picture of what is important for the corporation as a whole.

Superintendent Les Huddle says the new plan needs to cover a range of issues, including corporation finances.

He says the goal is a long-range plan taking both income and expenditures into account.

After administrators draft a list of provisions for the plan, it will go to the school board and members of the public for input.

LSC school moving to "balanced calendar"

May 29, 2013

A Tippecanoe County high school is moving forward with a revised schedule next school year.

Lafayette School Corporation board members approved a new “balanced calendar” for Oakland High School.

Superintendent Les Huddle says more breaks are in store for families affiliated with Oakland.

He says the intercessions will eventually be an opportunity for both remediation and enrichment.

Huddle says this will give Oakland students a chance to catch up on schoolwork or move ahead to new material.

Jeff H.S considers degree criteria changes

Dec 11, 2012

Graduation requirements may be changing for some local high school students.

Those pursuing an academic honors diploma or higher at Jefferson High School currently have to meet four citizenship components.

However, Principal Jeff Studebaker says this criteria is not proving as effective as initially expected.

LSC and unions agree to new deals

Oct 9, 2012

The Lafayette School Corporation and its teacher’s union have a new contract in place.

The two sides came to terms on a one year deal.

Superintendent Les Huddle says the agreement is the result of a collaborative negotiation process.

“It was through a lot of hard work from the board negotiating team and a lot of hard work also on the teacher's bargaining team, too.  They put in as much time as anyone," he said.  "We are pleased with it and we have been informed that (the LEA) ratified it, so we will move on with this year and wait for next year.”

LSC hopes to save money by refinancing

Sep 17, 2012

The Lafayette School Corporation expects to save between $300,000 and $400,000 by refinancing bonds.

The loans were issued through the Vinton-Tecumseh Holding Corporation to pay for several middle school projects.

LSC Chief Financial Officer Eric Rody says the lower interest rates give the district a chance to save money.

District officials are meeting with the holding corporation to discuss terms of refinancing.

Rody says he is not sure when the process will be complete.

LSC kicks off "Chance" program

Sep 11, 2012

A program to help improve student behavior is taking shape in the Lafayette School Corporation.

The district board approved starting the Chance Program.

It is for kids in kindergarten through fourth grades.

LSC Superintendent Les Huddle says the goal is to address issues early so that they don’t become long term problems.

Miller Elementary will host the program.

Huddle says the students will go there for as long as necessary, but expects most to finish within a week or two and then return to their regular school.

LSC outlines 2013 budget

Aug 28, 2012

The Lafayette School Corporation is putting together its 2013 spending plan.

The district is advertising a budget of just under $73-million.

Chief Financial Officer Eric Rody that’s similar to the current version.

Last year, LSC’s board approved a roughly $73-million- spending plan, which was about a half-million less than the previous year.

A public hearing on the 2013 budget is set for September 10th.

The board will vote on the final version in October.

The Lafayette School Corporation is preparing to begin a new era.

Superintendent Ed Eiler led his final meeting as head of the district Monday night.

Les Huddle will take over next Monday.

The incoming superintendent says Eiler has been important in helping him in the transition.

"He's been fabulous, very open, honest, upfront; just everything you would expect," said Huddle of Eiler.  "I feel like I'm coming in to ground with some organizational history already, so I feel very comfortable and can't wait until Monday."  

LSC Close to Announcing New Superintendent

Jan 9, 2012

The Lafayette School Corporation is close to naming its next superintendent.

The district board expects to announce Ed Eiler’s successor at the January 23rd work session.

President Rebecca Sprague says part of the selection process included input from various community groups.

She says the list is down to four candidates.

Eiler is stepping down at the end of the school year.

He has been in the position for 16-years.

LSC board districts remain the same

Dec 13, 2011

The districts for the Lafayette School Corporation are staying the same.

The school board reviewed the makeup of each of the seven using the most recent census data.

Superintendent Ed Eiler says the districts are now more equal than they were previously.

District One which is currently represented by David Moulton lost the most constituents with the updated data.  It has about 1,500 fewer.

District Three gained about 1,800, which is the most of any.

Greg Eller is the representative in that area.