According to the calendar, fall is officially here. It is amazing how quickly the 2015-16 school year is flying by! The end of the first nine week grading period on Monday, October 12th marks the conclusion of the first quarter of the school year. The fall activities are beginning to wind down and the winter activities will soon be upon us. I truly enjoy seeing all of the parents and community members at the many school events, parent/teacher conferences, and extra-curricular events in the district. I appreciate the feedback and suggestions that people share when I see them. When you see me out and about, please take time to chat and share your thoughts with me.
I want to update you on a few important initiatives going on district-wide. First, as you know, we’ve held five community meetings regarding the proposed building project plan that will impact each attendance area. The community meetings were held as “listening tours” to gather input from East Allen taxpayers. The plan will be on the May 2016 election ballot as a referendum. We have indeed received great information, suggestions, and strong support during this process. I have and will continue to meet with small groups and individuals to discuss the building plan process. If you have a small group you would like for me to speak with, please contact me.
Secondly, on September 18th we submitted our first enrollment report to the Indiana Department of Education. I am happy to report that our enrollment has increased this year. Please watch for the official enrollment numbers to be released sometime in October. There are several factors that have contributed to the increase, but some of the comments we hear from parents when they come in to enroll is that they have heard by word of mouth that EACS has great teachers and excellent curriculum. We also hear that they want their child to attend an “A” district. We are very proud of the high quality education that is offered to the students who attend our schools and I am thankful for our staff members who make that happen each and every day.
Finally, I want to remind you that fall break is quickly approaching It is scheduled for Friday, October 16th through Monday, October 19th. We hope you take this time to help your child relax, refresh, and recharge their batteries prior to their return from the short break.
Thank you for partnering with us to help our students to “Dream It. Do It.”
Dr. Kenneth H. Folks, Superintendent