Leo-Grabill, Indiana

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Special-ed preschool expanding

EACS property owners to pay for New Haven addition

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

A proposed $2 million, 13,000-square-foot special-education preschool addition to New Haven Primary School is moving forward.

Construction could be completed by July on the proposed facility, according to a timeline supplied at the East Allen County Schools board meeting Tuesday.

The board voted 5-2 to approve a general obligation bond for the addition at the northeast corner of the K-2 school building that would include four 1,200-square-foot classrooms, a 2,100-square-foot multipurpose room, conference rooms, a sensory room, additional rooms and an enclosed playground for special-education preschool students who now attend school at Park Hill Learning Center.

The tax rate for the bond will mean about three cents per $100 assessed valuation, with a predicted tax impact of about a $10 increase per year on a home assessed at $100,000, said Kirby Stahly, EACS’ chief financial officer.

The preschool wing would stand on what is now part of a school playground, said Jack Daniel, a principal architect with Martin Riley architects-engineers of Fort Wayne, the firm that designed the preliminary blueprint.

Although Park Hill is within walking distance of New Haven Primary, the students are isolated from the general preschool population and would be much better off in a learning environment that included other students their age, school officials said.


POSTED: 10/07/15 at 7:18 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Bluegrass Gospel Greats “The Farm Hands” come to Leo!
Nashville, TN – The community is invited to attend a concert by the award-winning bluegrass gospel band The Farm Hands Quartet on Sunday, October 11 at 5:00 pm at the Leo United Methodist Church, 13527 Leo Road, Leo, IN.
The Farm Hands is an award-winning band based out of Nashville, Tennessee, consisting of industry veterans Tim Graves, Daryl Mosley, Keith Tew, and Bennie Boling. Among the four members are a Grammy Award winner, a member of the Preservation Hall of Greats, two Song of the Year award winners, 10-time Dobro Player of the Year winner, and 2 long-time veterans of the Grand Ole Opry stage; in addition, as a band they have been honored with awards for Gospel Band of the Year, Entertaining Band of the Year, and Album of the Year. These are top-notch singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists! They put on a very entertaining, funny and inspiring program appropriate for all ages.
“These guys are awesome! I don’t know when I’ve laughed so much or had so much fun. It has been the best concert we have ever had,” raved Bill Lewis, pastor at a church where the band recently performed.
There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken; CD’s and DVD’s will be available for purchase. For additional information, contact Shane Meredith at (260) 267-2803 or Patty Lindley at (502) 262-0428.

POSTED: 09/30/15 at 8:42 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

Bogus Jury Duty Calls Surface Again 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 in order to pay off a resulting fine.

“These calls do not originate from any legitimate source,” said Allen Superior Court Judge Frances C. Gull. “They are nothing more than an attempt to 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: 09/09/15 at 11:49 am. FILED UNDER: News

Club1 Basketball announces partnership with Always 100 and Parkview/SportONE Fieldhouse Fort Wayne, Ind. – TBD – Club1 Basketball, in collaboration with Parkview Sports Medicine, is excited to announce a partnership with the SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse to manage its basketball operations. Through this partnership, Club1 Basketball will work closely with Always 100, and its president and CEO, Vernard Hollins, to provide exceptional opportunities for athletes in northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and south central Michigan to hone their basketball skills through leagues, tournaments, travel teams camps and individual instruction. Led by Chad LaCross and Luke Cummings, experienced college coaches, Club1 Basketball has organized and operated the largest youth basketball leagues and camps in northern Indiana for nearly a decade. LaCross and Cummings’ expertise and skillset help to develop young basketball players’ talent, preparing them for college athletics and beyond. Utilizing their experiences in basketball, as well as their established relationships with a large network of regional coaches and teams, LaCross and Cummings expect to use this opportunity to further improve basketball opportunities within the greater Fort Wayne area.

“Always 100 Basketball has become the area’s top basketball developmental training program, utilizing pro-level skills, high-intensity drills, and a foundational approach to enhance athlete’s basketball IQ,” said Chad LaCross, co-founder, Club1 Basketball. “We’re very excited to partner with Always 100, the SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse, and Parkview Sports Medicine to further expand upon the high-level coaching, training and growth opportunities provided to area basketball players.”

Always 100 Basketball was established by Vernard Hollins, a Fort Wayne native who will be inducted into the first North Side High School Hall Of Fame class. Playing for more than a decade internationally, the pro-basketball standout developed Always 100 to enhance players’ skills and abilities, pushing them to achieve excellence both on and off of the court. Always 100 helps to foster self-confidence,
leadership, character, and personal growth in area students. Always 100 has become the premiere basketball training and development organization in Fort Wayne, and has seen its youth leagues and AAU teams continue to thrive. Parkview Sports Medicine brings together the top experts in the sports medicine field – like certified orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, movement specialists, athletic trainers and a registered dietitian nutritionist – to help improve the treatment and overall performance of athletes in this community. Club1 Basketball’s strong partnership with Parkview Sports Medicine will give athletes and their families’ rapid access to a full continuum of sports medicine resources, truly benefitting this region by focusing on the health and well-being of its community members.

Located at 3946 Ice Way, Fort Wayne, Ind., SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse is a 57,000-square-foot multi-use facility, professionally designed to be a premier indoor sports destination for competitions, leagues, tournaments and camps. It boasts dual-purpose hardwood floor courts, which can accommodate up to six high school regulation-sized basketball courts and eight volleyball courts.

To learn more about Club1 Basketball, please visit club1basketball.com.

POSTED: 09/01/15 at 9:08 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

More than 40 children are hit daily by a vehicle while walking

Five simple things every parent needs to teach their kids

It is alarmingly common for children to get hit by a vehicle while walking. Recently released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 444 children across the country were killed in 2013 after being hit while walking. And 16,000 more were injured; that’s 44 kids hurt every day.

These surprising statistics demonstrate the need for parents and caregivers to talk to children about safe walking behaviors. As with the Lutheran Children’s Hospital Kids dart. Drive smart. campaign at the end of the school year, pedestrians and drivers alike also benefit from a refresher course on walking safety when students return to the classroom. This is especially important now that streets, sidewalks and parking lots have received a major influx of early morning foot traffic.

“Parents know to teach their children to look left, right and left again before crossing the street,” said Safe Kids Allen County Coordinator Carmen DeBruce. “But that’s just the beginning. As kids get older, they’re walking on their own, crossing unfamiliar streets and are out when it’s dark. With just a few more simple tips, kids will be much safer while walking.”

With days getting shorter and Halloween just around the corner, take the time now to help children avoid serious injury. To achieve that goal, Safe Kids and FedEx® are teaming up to bring families these five simple tips to help keep kids safe on the road.

  • Teach kids at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.
  • Teach kids to put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street. It is particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers.
  • It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.
  • If kids are walking when it’s dark out, teach them to be especially alert and make sure they are visible to drivers. Have them wear light- or brightly-colored clothing and reflective gear.

POSTED: 09/01/15 at 9:01 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

East Allen County Schools Recognized for Being an ‘A’ Dristrict

During the 5th Annual Amnesty and Deliverance Festival on August 22nd, Dr. Folks, board members and staff were presented with a plaque honoring the district for being an “A” district.  “We’re proud of this great accomplishment for becoming an “A” district and we certainly appreciate the recognition from the festival committee and our community.  Our staff and students work really hard and I’m proud of this awesome accomplishment”, said Dr. Folks.

East Allen County Schools also provided an information booth passing out school materials to festival goers.  Festival organizers stated that nearly 1000 individuals attended the festival this year!


POSTED: 09/01/15 at 7:13 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

District seeks passage of building referendum

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Residents could be polled on a proposed $74 million building referendum this weekend after the East Allen County Schools board Tuesday approved the phone survey.

The survey to be conducted by Public Opinion Survey, a professional polling firm in Washington, D.C., will randomly select 300 residents from the EACS school district with several questions specifically related to the referendum and others concerning the resident’s level of education and political leanings.

The board passed the motion by a 6-1 show of hands.

The cost of the referendum is estimated at a high amount on purpose, board President Chris Baker said, and is broken down in two pieces.



POSTED: 06/17/15 at 7:13 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

District Digital Competition Winners Honored by Board

Recently, the EACS technology department hosted the annual Digital Learning Day iMovie Video Contest.  There were three categories – K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  The board honored the top three winners in each category.  You are able to view the winning videos on the districts main webpage.

Grades K-5 category:

1st place: Edward Stuckey, Woodlan Elementary

2nd place: Let Win, Prince Chapman Academy

3rd place: Josh Carter, Leo Elementary

Grades 6-8 category:

1st place:  Lane Hasselman, Leo Jr. High

2nd place: Adia Horston, New Haven Middle

3rd place: War War Win, Paul Harding Jr.

Grades 9-12 category:

1st place: Nicole Winans, East Allen University

2nd place: Rebecca Steeber, Divine Vasquez, and Kaitlyn Brown, New Haven High

3rd place: Evan Purk, New Haven High

POSTED: 05/07/15 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

EACS Health Service Coordinator Selected ‘Nurse of the Year’

Mrs. Wendy Walker, EACS Health Service Coordinator was selected as the 21 Alive/Insight Talk Show ‘Nurse of the Year’! Mr. Dirk Rowley, host of the Insight Show presented Mrs. Walker a $500 gift card from James Medical for being nominated and selected as Nurse of the Year.

Mrs. Walker coordinates all the nurses in the district as well as work directly with kids and staff in the Paul Harding Jr. building. “We appreciate her hard work and dedication for so many years”, said Dr. Ken Folks, superintendent.  Mrs. Walker has been with EACS since January 28, 1991.  Wendy provides CPR training for staff and all bus drivers.  “It’s important that we keep staff trained in case of emergencies.  Keeping kids safe and healthy is extremely important and I’m blessed to be able to do it”, said Walker.

May 6 was National Nurses Day, a day when we honor the devotion of our EACS nurses who selflessly and tirelessly care for our students and staff in very meaningful and tangible ways. The work they do is vital and they the way they do it is even more vital. We honor nurses because of their impulse to care, their capacity to encourage and nurture, and their heart that finds joy in giving!

POSTED: 05/07/15 at 6:51 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Congratulations to Leo’s Lindsey Sharp she was a winner at last night’s BBB Torch Awards.

The BBB awarded four scholarships to students of integrity, who were chosen based on recommendations and essays submissions. There were: Andrew Norman Swing, Lakewood Park Christian School; Lindsey Sharp, Leo High School; Samuel Thomas, IPFW; and Chelsea Wiseman, Indiana Tech.


POSTED: 05/01/15 at 7:29 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools