Sen. Long Announces Appointments to ISTEP Review Panel
Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today announced his appointments to the ISTEP review panel created by House Enrolled Act 1395<https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/house/1395> during the 2016 legislative session.
HEA 1395 calls for the elimination of the ISTEP test on July 1, 2017, and creates a 23-member panel of education experts and stakeholders to study alternatives to ISTEP and make recommendations for a shorter, simpler-to-administer test.
Under HEA 1395, Long is charged with making four appointments to the panel. The legislation calls for those appointments to include a teacher, a principal, a school superintendent and a business leader.
Long announced his four appointments today:
· Jean Russell, 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year
Jean Russell has been an educator for more than 25 years and currently works as a literacy specialist at Haverhill Elementary in Southwest Allen County Schools. Russell’s skill and dedication have earned her numerous awards over the course of her career, including being named 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year.
· Steve Baker, Bluffton High School Principal
Steve Baker has served with distinction in the Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District for more than 30 years. After teaching high school math for 11 years, he served as middle school assistant principal for three years before becoming the high school principal in 1999. In 2012, Baker was named Indiana Principal of the Year and in 2013 he was appointed by Long to serve on the state’s Accountability System Review Panel. Baker has also served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Association of School Principals. He holds degrees from Bethel College and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
· Dr. Kenneth Folks, East Allen County Schools Superintendent
Dr. Kenneth Folks is a long-time education leader in Northeast Indiana, having served in leadership roles for Northwest Allen County Schools, Northern Wells Community Schools and Marion Community Schools before joining East Allen County Schools as Superintendent in 2013. Dr. Folks is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Snider High School. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from IPFW, and his doctorate from Purdue University.
· Marilyn Moran-Townsend, Chairman and CEO, CVC Communications
Marilyn Moran-Townsend is co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CVC Communications, a Fort Wayne company that develops essential business communications tools for global corporations. Moran-Townsend has previously chaired the Indiana Higher Education Commission and was a founding member of the Indiana Education Roundtable. In 2011-2012, she co-chaired the development of the “Reaching Higher, Achieving More” strategic plan for higher education in Indiana. Moran-Townsend is a graduate of Purdue University.
“These individuals have decades of experience in education and business, and I’m grateful for their willingness to step up and serve our state,” Long said. “Doing away with the problem-plagued ISTEP test was the right move for our schools. Now, we must focus on bringing together informed stakeholders to determine a better assessment solution to replace ISTEP. The people I’m appointing today have a wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute to this very important effort.”
Long noted the importance of having representation from Northeast Indiana on the panel.
“My two choices for the superintendent appointment were Dr. Folks and Dr. Wendy Robinson. My understanding is that Dr. Robinson is going to be appointed by one of the other appointing authorities, so Northeast Indiana gets the benefit of having two school district leaders on the panel.”
The ISTEP review panel will meet over the summer and fall months and submit its recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly by Dec. 1.
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New Haven and NIPSCO Celebrate Arbor Day with Tree Dedication
In commemoration of National Arbor Day, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and New Haven/Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department shared the importance of trees and planting the right tree in the right place. The event was in conjunction with a $3,000 donation from NIPSCO to the City of New Haven for the purchase of trees. Mayor Terry McDonald lead the dedication at Jury Park located at 1702 Glencoe Boulevard in New Haven.
Representatives from the City of New Haven, Tree Line USA®, the New Haven Community Foundation, the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, NIPSCO, New Haven Parks & Recreation and the New Haven Tree Commission planted a tree in memory of Doug Geller. Doug Geller was a long time New Haven resident who passed away in March of 2015. Doug was part of the New Haven EMS as a paramedic on Emergency 45 and was also very active in the “Save Jury Pool” Committee along with a variety of other New Haven organizations. He was also the recipient of the Fritcha Memorial Award in 2015.
“In New Haven, the trees help tell the story of a vibrant community,” said Dana Berkes, NIPSCO Public Affairs Manager. “NIPSCO has been a long-time supporter of enriching the tree canopies of our communities and we’re excited to see the new trees that will be planted in New Haven’s parks and community areas with these funds.” NIPSCO’s Forestry Operations department has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Line USA® utility. Since 1994, NIPSCO has received the Tree Line USA® award, which recognizes professionalism and environmental stewardship.
Mayor McDonald said, “New Haven was named a Tree City USA in 2012. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Teaming up with NIPSCO is a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of an urban tree canopy and improve the care of our vital city trees.”
New Haven/Adams Township Parks Director, Mike Clendenen said, “We are excited to receive this generous donation from NIPSCO and partner with them for cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.”
LEARN Resource center offers summer nutrition program
LEARN Resource Center will operate its Summer Nutrition Program (SNP) again this year to provide kids with free lunch. All children ages 1-18 are eligible. The SNP will run June 6 -July 29 at three separate locations: Grace Gathering Church from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and Meadowbrook Park and Schelker Park from 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. This event is made possible through partnerships with New Haven Parks & Recreation and the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
LEARN Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers before and after school programs for children at New Haven Primary, New Haven Intermediate and Heritage Elementary. The program works to enrich the learning and well-being of children and their families by promoting personal, social and educational development for a lifetime. LEARN is currently taking registration for its Summer Program that begins on June 6.
F.O.P. Kids Helmet Day and Bicycle Giveaway
Fire Police City County FCU invites you on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 10:00am to 12:00pm to the Credit Union location at 10123 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818. Children can be properly fitted for a FREE bicycle helmet compliments of the Fraternal Order of Police, while supplies last. The public can enjoy a closer look at FWPD’s armored tank and K-9 Unit members, as well as one of FWFD’s firetrucks, for an educational exploration of Fort Wayne’s Emergency Services. Two children will be selected to win a new bicycle! To become eligible, open a new MyCU Youth account between May 1st and May 21st. Current MyCU Youth members may make a $10 deposit or simply visit the F.O.P. Kids Helmet Day event to enter. A special thanks to the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) for partnering with Fire Police City County FCU. The F.O.P. supports community events and programs including the Bicycle Helmet Program to provide a FREE, properly fitted bicycle helmet to children throughout the community. During 2015, over 1000 helmets were distributed to keep Fort Wayne kids safe while at play.
For additional information about F.O.P. Kids Helmet Day or the Bicycle Giveaway, please contact Fire Police City County FCU, call Melissa Miller at 260-469-5902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family of former State Representative candidate Ken Knoblauch endorses Dave Heine in House District 85 primary.
The family of the late Ken Knoblauch issued their endorsement of candidate Dave Heine in the primary race for State Representative.
Ken was a veteran who proudly lived his life to serve others. He was well known and respected in Allen County and dedicated his time as a member of the EACS school board and announcer at Woodlan football games. As an English teacher, he was an advocate for schools and quality education. With no prior political history, Knoblauch ran for State Representative in 2014, capturing an impressive 22% of the vote.
Rhonda Knoblauch issued the following statement, “Dave Heine’s conservative values, reputation within the community and business experience would make him an excellent State Representative. I know Ken shared these same values and principles as Dave, and we trust he will work hard, listen intently and vote based upon those ideals. We are honored to support and endorse Dave Heine as he seeks public office to represent the people of District 85.”
Heine has been gaining the support of other business and community leaders with an impressive list of local support, starting with the campaign committee roster. Recently, the family of former long-term District 85 Representative Phyllis Pond, along with former two-term Allen County Sheriff Jim Herman, also endorsed Heine.
“I am humbled and honored to have Rhonda and the Ken Knoblauch family endorse my campaign as I seek to become State Representative in District 85. I know that Ken served the people of Allen County in various ways. Ken had a remarkable reputation, conservative values and was a man of integrity. I intend to serve the people with those same principles.” Heine said.
The primary election will be held May 3rd, 2016.
Dave Heine, currently owns and operates a family farm in New Haven as well working in the building materials industry. During his 28-year career with Do It Best Corp., Dave served as Vice President and Corporate Officer. Dave has served the community in numerous roles including; Board and Vice Chairman of the Lutheran Foundation, Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, School Board and Chairman of Central Lutheran School, Church Council and Chairman various Boards over 35 years at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Precinct Committeeman, Chairman New Haven Republican Committee, multiple youth sport coaching roles and more. Dave has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 35 years. They have three children and two grandchildren. Dave and Tammy are lifelong members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven. For more information about Dave’s campaign, please visit www.daveforstaterep.com and follow him on Twitter: @daveforstaterep and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/daveforstaterep
NEW HAVEN MAN IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION WITH ARMED ROBBERY IN OHIO
On Monday, April 18th the Rockford, OH Police Department responded to an armed robbery at Dollar General. According to the Rockford Police Department, a male subject armed with a gun entered the store and demanded cash from an employee. Rockford Police were able to identify the suspect vehicle which returned to a New Haven address. Rockford Police placed an attempt to locate on the vehicle which was located by a New Haven Police Officer in the 5300 block of New Haven Ave. A search warrant was obtained by the New Haven Police Department and was executed by the Allen County SWAT team. One subject, John Smead, 49, of New Haven was taken into custody reference an extradition warrant from Rockford Police in relation to the robbery. Rockford Police are still investigating the involvements of a second suspect.