Strategic Planning:  Facilities (Part 2)

This week I decided to use the weekly update to address some feedback I had following last week’s update on facility needs.  I will list a question and then an answer below in blue.  I have grouped similar questions together to allow for more succinct answers.


  • I am curious as to what is physically wrong with the office at PLE. It is functional and the camera’s and buzzer works just fine
  • I don’t understand why funding needs to go into fixing something that has nothing wrong with it. If it is not broken don’t fix it.
  • I’m not real sure that I understand the problem with the PLE office. It is functional and seems like it is in a good place. It is right there when you come into the building it is the first place besides the gym that you go to. Please explain more why it needs to be changes.

Answer:  Very true, the staff at PLE does an amazing job of monitoring the camera and buzzer and questioning folks prior to letting them enter the building.  However, once the door is buzzed open the issue is that a visitor may decide not to come straight to the office.  Folks entering the building can head to the gym or down a hallway to classrooms prior to ever stopping at the office, and this is a safety concern.  Having an office where visitors enter and cannot access the rest of the building is a much safer option for our students and staff and something that is a very high priority for us.  Our PLE staff does an amazing job at monitoring a visitor’s entrance into the building, but the office is a busy place and while addressing a student need time may pass before it is realized that the visitor did not come to the office.  This is not just a concern for me, but for our staff at PLE as well.  Safety is a priority to us, and so this is a concern.


  • Why not put the funding into something better like kids education and making sure every child is treated fairly and has a proper education.
  • How about putting the funding towards the teachers to teach them how to deal with children that have certain issues.
  • How about putting the funding to the teachers who need the money for classroom supplies instead of having them rely on parents that may or may not be able to buy them.


School funding is not drawn out of one big pot for every necessary expenditure.  There are many pots that the state uses to distribute funds, and specific purposes for the use of each fund.  All of these funds are greatly reduced.  We are currently functioning at the same funding level as we were 4 years ago even though costs have risen.  Some of our funding continues to be cut from the state–as is the case in our fund that is used to maintain our facilities.  The general fund is used to hire teachers, provide professional development, and to pay for supplies–and there is a section on this in our strategic plan.  However that section was not the focus of last week’s weekly update.  The facilities portion referred to in our strategic plan references a separate fund that is used to maintain, remodel, and renovate facilities.  Each fund has rules about how the money can be used.  The issues raised in the questions above are very important–but not ones we address with the money used for our facilities.

I appreciate the feedback–and hope that this provides some additional clarity!

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Important Dates:

  • All November and December:  A Night Out at Chili’s: PTO is sponsoring a Family Fundraiser at Chili’s for the entire month of November and December (no weekend or hour restrictions). You can visit Chili’s at the Merrillville or Valparaiso location and as long as you have the Chili’s voucher – this is a delicious way to help earn money for your school plus if you purchase a scrip Chili’s card you will earn an additional 11%! Vouchers will be coming home very soon – they will not be available at  Chili’s. Additional copies of voucher can be downloaded from the school website or the PTO Facebook page.
  • Now through December 19, 2014:  Take the Speak Up Survey.  You can access it at  Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology.
  • November 19-December 16, 2014:  SAAC is hosting an Angel Tree, at the high school, from November 19th-December 16th. All donations will be delivered to the Porter County Career Center to be distributed amongst families in need. The Club is also collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Pop bottle tab holders, donated by Bed Bath & Beyond, are available in the high school.
  • December 11, 2014:  Please join the Boone Grove High School sophomore class at their fundraiser. Come out to Chick-Fil-A in Merrillville by Southlake Mall on Thursday, December 11th from 5-7 pm. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the sophomore class. You must have the flyer with you in order for the sophomore class to benefit. We hope to see you there!Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 2.04.23 PM
  • December 13-14, 2014:  The Boone Grove Choir presents the Madrigal Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 13th and Sunday, Dec. 14th, at 2:00pm in the high school cafeteria.
  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 5, 2015:  Classes resume
  • January 16, 2015:  End of 1st Semester
  • January 28, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • February 13, 2015:  Snow day make-up day or break day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 19, 2015:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 23-27, 2015:  Spring Break

Things to Know/Do:

    • Now hiring substitute teachers!  Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
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    • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start.  If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
    • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.  It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!
  1. Tosha says:

    I just wanted to leave a comment to thank you for addressing my questions. Yes, your answers did clarify the reasons for changing the office.

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