Leo-Grabill, Indiana

Sunday, July 24, 2016

East Allen County Schools Project to Proceed Without Ballot Question
On June 7, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the East Allen County School Corporation passed resolutions to construct and finance the construction of the 2017 Multi-Facility Safety, Security, Efficiency, Construction and Restoration Project, which includes the renovation of and improvements to New Haven High School, Southwick Elementary School, Cedarville Elementary School, Leo Elementary School, Leo Jr./Sr. High School, Heritage Jr./Sr. High School, Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School, Paul Harding Junior High School/East Allen University, and Prince Chapman Academy and the construction of a New Haven Intermediate School.

The project was approved without a referendum, which means the taxpayer protection of the constitutional property tax caps will remain in place for taxpayers of East Allen County Schools. A referendum will not be required for the project to proceed because the School Corporation did not receive a valid petition pursuant to Indiana Code 6-1.1-20-3.5. All taxpayers who own property that has reached the property tax cap will see no increase in their taxes as a result of this project. Most importantly, East Allen County Schools are now able to provide a safer and healthier learning environment for area youth that compliments the district’s reputation for academic excellence.

POSTED: 07/19/16 at 11:34 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Terry Jo Head Shot 2016Terry Jo Lightfoot is seeking re-election as a board member of the East Allen County School Board, District 7E. Lightfoot is currently the Secretary of the EACS School Board. In 2012, she was awarded the highly regarded Outstanding Boardmanship Award from the Indiana State School Board Association. She has been recognized by Indiana’s NewsCenter for Women in Superior Leadership. During Lightfoot’s term on the board, East Allen County Schools has accomplished much to further high-quality education:
• Preserved East Allen County School’s unique communities
• East Allen County School Corporation became an “A” district
• Hired Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ken Folks, who is a leader in education statewide
• Achieved a record number of “4 Star” schools: Leo Jr.-Sr. High School, Leo Elementary School, and Cedarville Elementary School
• Achieved the National “Blue Ribbon” schools at Cedarville Elementary School, 2014, New Haven Intermediate, 2013, and Leo Jr.-Sr. High School, 2008
• Graduated the first class of East Allen University with a 100% graduation rate, the majority graduating with two-year associate degrees from Vincennes University
• Partnered with the Associated Builders and Contractors program to establish more vocational opportunities for students
• Implemented 1:1 technology K-12
• Maintained a balanced budget
• Established a new safety program for students and staff Lightfoot is an active member of her community.

She serves on the Town of Leo-Cedarville Park Board, Cedar Creek Lion’s Club, Parkview Regional Hospital Patient Family Advisory Council, Leo Alumni & Friends Association, and Leo United Methodist Church Children’s Music. She has a Masters Degree in Education in Music and Physical Education and currently works in Insurance sales at Worman-Lightfoot-Hoch Insurance. Lightfoot is committed to continuing the success of the East Allen County School Corporation by supporting facility updates and the further advancement of educational opportunities while preserving the values and traditions of each distinctive community within the school system.

POSTED: 07/15/16 at 9:41 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Leo Band Recognized at the State Level

Leo Jr. Sr. High School is a recipient of the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) All-Music Award for 2015-2016!  The EACS Board of School Trustees and Dr. Ken Folks recognized these talented musicians at a recent board meeting.

Congratulations to the young musicians, and the entire music staff for the outstanding musical accomplishments this past year.  ISSMA presented the music department a special banner to display in recognition of these outstanding achievements.  Leo Jr. Sr. High School is one of only ten high schools in Indiana to receive a Total Department Award!

POSTED: 06/23/16 at 12:32 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Leo Softball Team Members and Coach Honored at State Level

Leo High School’s Brooke Imel and Robyn Hall were named to the 2016 ICGSA All-State Team. Both of the girls played great in the All-Star games on June 18th at Carmel High School and Robyn was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the game.  Leo Coach Head Coach Ben Shappell was voted District 2 4A Coach of the Year!


POSTED: 06/23/16 at 12:31 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

Four Star Schools Recognized by EACS Board

The Indiana Department of Education announced the 2014-15 Four Star Schools. East Allen County Schools’ – Cedarville Elementary, Leo Elementary and Leo Junior/Senior High School were named 2014-15 Four Star Schools!

In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in performance on ISTEP+ and ECA state exams, as well their rating determined by the national No Child Left Behind statute’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned the highest designation in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Only a total of 287 schools received the award throughout the state.

The EACS Board of School Trustees and Superintendent Folks recognized each school at a recent board meeting. We salute Cedarville Elementary, Principal, Dr. Brad Bakle (not in photo), Leo Elementary, Principal, Mr. Bill Diehl, and Leo Jr. Sr. High School, Principal, Dr. Neal Brown!

POSTED: 06/23/16 at 12:28 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Food Service Employment Opportunities Available at East Allen County Schools East Allen County Schools Food Service Department is looking for energetic and dependable people for the 2016-2017 School Year. If you are interested in flexible, daytime employment, please visit the EACS website (www.eacs.k12.in.us) and follow the “Employment Opportunities” link to submit your application today!

POSTED: 06/23/16 at 12:07 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Indiana Department of Education Names ‘Three’ East Allen County Schools as Four Star Schools

Recently, the Indiana Department of Education announced the 2014-15 Four Star Schools. East Allen County Schools’ – Cedarville Elementary, Leo Elementary and Leo Junior/Senior High School were named 2014-15 Four Star Schools!

In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories. Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned the highest designation in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Only a total of 287 schools received the award throughout the state.

“Congratulations to our students and staff for earning this prestigious recognition!  Their hard work and dedication has been recognized and rewarded!  Earning Four Star School status is a goal for all of our schools that we track in our data war rooms.  Kudos to Cedarville Elementary, Leo Elementary, and Leo Junior/Senior High School on this great accomplishment,” said Dr. Ken Folks, Superintendent of East Allen County Schools!

POSTED: 05/26/16 at 10:56 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Hill PicRalph R. Hill, 83, of Bronson Michigan, formerly of Leo, passed away on May 19, 2016. Born on July 30, 1932, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Phillip and Mary Hill Sr. A member of Leo United Methodist Church, he was the owner of Hill Plumbing and Heating for 25 years and retired from GE as maintenance manager after 38 years of service; he was also a 50 year member and Past Master of the Leo Masonic Lodge #224, member and past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Leo #278, a 32nd degree through the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine. Ralph loved golf, fishing, dominos, euchre, collecting toy trucks, the Chicago Cubs and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois Hill; children, Ken (Merry Kennedy) Hill, Jackie (Mike) Baker, Doug (Alicia) Hill, Tammy (Fred) Young, Bruce Hill and Terry (Chris) Hill; siblings, Richard Hill, Sharon Eastes, Phillip Hill Jr and Karen Washler; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren (with two on the way).

Funeral service will be 11am Wednesday May 25, at Leo United Methodist Church, 13527 Leo Road, Leo, with calling one hour prior to service. Calling will also be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm, Tuesday May 24, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with a Masonic Service at 8pm. Burial will be in Leo Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to Leo United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association. For online condolences please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com

POSTED: 05/20/16 at 1:59 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Obituaries

Bogus Jury Duty Calls Surface In Allen County

Court does not make phone calls, demand payments for missed jury duty

A persistent scam involving phone calls claiming that the recipient has missed jury duty and owes a fine have surfaced again in Allen County.

The calls have been reported this week and originate from a 260 area code telephone number. An individual claiming to be a police detective instructs the recipient that they have missed jury duty, a warrant has been issued for his or her arrest and that the person must purchase a reloadable debit card or pay a third party in order to satisfy a resulting fine.

“These calls do not originate from the Court or from any other legitimate source,” said Allen Superior Court Chief Judge Craig J. Bobay. “These callers are simply criminals trying to scare and defraud unsuspecting citizens. Prospective jurors who fail to respond have never – and will never – be pursued in such a manner. “

In Allen County, all legitimate contact with prospective jurors occurs in writing, beginning with a postcard requesting certain information to determine eligibility for jury service. Personal information, such as bank or credit card numbers, is never requested.

Should an individual fail to report for jury duty, they can be compelled to attend by the Sheriff. They can also be fined and held in contempt of court. None of these actions, however, are communicated over the telephone.

Anyone with questions about jury duty service, including questions regarding the legitimacy of an unsolicited contact, may call the Allen Superior Court Jury Management Office at (260) 449-7520 or (260) 449-7022.

POSTED: 05/19/16 at 8:24 pm. FILED UNDER: News


In 1995, East Allen County Schools began holding an annual Art Contest as a way to showcase artwork created by our students. This contest is voluntary on everyone’s part, but it is a wonderful opportunity for our students. Each year four winners are chosen from the many pieces submitted. Winners receive a Certificate of Distinction and a gift certificate to the United Art and Education store for $25.00. Their artwork is then framed and kept on display here in the Board room for five years, at which time the artwork is returned to the student.

Thanks to United Art & Education for partnering with EACS!

The winner in the Kindergarten through 2nd grade category:

Naomi Johnson – (Vase of flowers)

Naomi is a 2nd grader at Cedarville Elementary School.

Cedarville’s art teacher is Ms. Jill Maroney; Cedarville’s principal is Dr. Brad Bakle.

The winner in the 3rd through 6th grade category:

Makayla Richmond – (Elephant)

Makayla is a 5th grader at Heritage Elementary School.

Makayla’s art teacher is Ms. Kristin Kramer; HEEL’s principal is Mrs. Karen Chargers.

The winner in the 7th through 9th grade category:

Jasmine Pilkinton – (Anime Person)

Jasmine is a 9th grader at Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School.

WOHS’s art teacher is Mr. Matt Stebing; WOHS’s principal is Mr. Ron Kammeyer.

The winner in the 10th through 12th grade category:

Isaiah Rivera – (Indian)

Isaiah is a Junior at East Allen University.

Isaiah’s art teacher is Mrs. Stefanie Lichtsinn; EAU’s principal is Mr. Doug Hicks.

POSTED: 05/19/16 at 8:20 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools