Legislative Activity

I’m not sure how anyone could be missing it right now, but it is the long session in Indiana as legislators are working on the budget for the next two years.  Regardless of your political beliefs, this is an important time for every citizen in Indiana as everybody has some issue about which they care.  For me, it is education.

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a political post.  But I do want to share some facts with you about PTSC funding.  Here are some things you might now know:

Did you know that PTSC is one of the bottom 20 funded districts in Indiana?

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In all of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte County, only School Town of Munster receives fewer dollars in funding per student.  The numbers you see above are the dollars we receive per student ($5352), followed by our Complexity Index ($$229.68) which is calculated based on poverty level, and 351 is our ranking (351st out of 369 school districts).  The letter following that number is our district letter grade.  So as you can see, we received $5,581.68 to educate each student this year (which also includes paying teachers, utilities, supplies, technology infrastructure and educational software, administrators–things that it takes to run a school excluding transportation and facility maintenance which come from local tax dollars.)  In case you are wondering about the top funded districts, here are what they receive per student:

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You will note that the difference between the #1 ranked school and PTSC in funding per student is $2544.19.  This is largely in part to the level of students in poverty that these schools are serving.  It does take different resources to meet the needs of students in poverty.  In addition to these complexity dollars that PTSC does not get, these schools also have access to greater allocations from the Title I grant, the Title IIA grant, and many other grants that are based on student poverty levels.  We do not receive large allocations from these grants because our poverty level hovers between 20-24%.

Now on to this year’s proposed budget.  The budget bill has passed out of the House and now is in the Senate.  In their work this week they have changed complexity funding.

In an oversimplified nutshell, Complexity index is down 14% and they put the extra money into foundational support.  This is fantastic for PTSC.  Obviously, taking dollars out of complexity hurts a ton of districts and they see significant loss in revenue.  You can see the fight that is unfolding.  Short story—fantastic for us, terrible for others. Of course, we will see where it lands in the end.  Here’s a link to see for yourself:

https://www.indianahouserepublicans.com/clientuploads/PDF/2019/K-12_Tuition_Support_Formula_Run_with_Corrected_Complexity_Rates_(House_Passed).pdf (Go to page 108 to see PTSC—and note that the numbers are based off of an ADM model that projects our number of students.  It uses a projection formula that has us growing significantly—so I can’t say that the projection is correct as it has our enrollment high.)  The item of note is that foundation funding now moves up for us from $5582, which is helpful.  Without this, we have very little money to impact teacher compensation without looking to local taxpayers for additional funds as other districts have done through referendums.

(Credit to Rob James of Lake Central School Corporation for compiling data on the top 20 and bottom 20 funded districts)

PTSC Standouts

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Here’s an awesome shout out to the 2018-2019 Bowling Team!  Congratulations to Freshman Ty Knight who was named the Quad County New Comer of the Year!  During Varsity Sectionals on Saturday, January 12th, two individual bowlers competed in the 2019 Regional Finals with Ty Knight placing 5th and Clay Kraus placing 7th.  Way to go!  The Boys Varsity team placed 2nd in Sectionals and competed in the 2019 Regional Finals.  Varsity Team members consisted of Hayden Neis, Blake Anderson, Ty Knight, Clay Kraus, Alexander Kobus and Payton Thill.  Great Season, Gentlemen!  Special thanks to Coach Jane Richardson-Kobus for sending me the standout!

 

IASB Results

The Porter County Career Center Video Productions and Media Studies class returned from the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters conference Monday after being named the Best Student TV program in Indiana.  This is the fourth Best School Award in five years collected by instructor, Bob Phelps and his students.  The students worked very hard submitting numerous projects for this award and had about a 12 hour day at the conference in Indianapolis.  Above is a picture of the class.  Don’t miss out on the amazing opportunities at the Porter County Career Center–this is just one of many programs your child can attend there!  Amazing!

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.  She counts on you to send her updates all can celebrate PTSC student accomplishments!

Important Dates:

    • March 13: Please join us as the Choir Department Presents:A Choral Tribute to Americana Music on Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm in the Boone Grove High School small gym.  The cost will be Adults $4 & Students & Kids $2.
    • March 14:  Early Learning Night at PLE from 4:30-6:00 pm  Each month we have an “Early Learning Time” where families are invited to come in for fun learning activities at our school. These learning times have themed activities for you to work on as a family.  Please come, meet the teachers, and see our school!  Please enter through the front “F” doors of Porter Lakes Elementary.
    • March 15:  End of Quarter 3
    • March 18:  Apple Controls for Parents–6:30 PM at BGMS  Come and learn all about what you can do through iOS and the controls Apple gives to parents to monitor and shape what kids do on devices!  This is going to be an awesome opportunity for all PTSC parents to learn more about the capabilities available!
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    • March 19:  Ivy Tech Parent and Student Night at 5 pm
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    • March 20:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 25-29:  Spring Break–No School
    • April 11:  Early Learning Night at PLE from 4:30-6:00 pm  Each month we have an “Early Learning Time” where families are invited to come in for fun learning activities at our school. These learning times have themed activities for you to work on as a family.  Please come, meet the teachers, and see our school!  Please enter through the front “F” doors of Porter Lakes Elementary.
    • April 17:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • April 19:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • April 22:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • April 26, 27, 28:  BGHS Spring Musical!
      Boone Grove High School Drama Club Presents:
      Little Shop Of Horrors Musical
      3 SHOWS ONLY!
      Friday April 26-7pm
      Saturday April 27-5pm
      Sunday April 28- 3pm
      Tickets $10
      Students/Senior Citizens $8
      BGHS Faculty FREE
    • May 27:  Memorial Day–No School
    • May 29:  Last Student Day
    • May 31:  BGHS Graduation
  • 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.
    • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates? Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
    • 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.

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