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  1. Myself and 3 other retired teachers work for a local Driver Education company that took over when Twin Lakes decided not to offer driver education any more because of the expense of the program. The state of Indiana is one of a hand full of states that no longer requires or provides money to local schools for education credit for a LIFETIME SKILL. When I taught in South Carolina every student was scheduled into driver education. The school was a larger school and had 6 driver education instructors, also taught other courses, BUT the state provided funds for this. Indiana no longer sees the need of driver education in the school system but encourages schools to drop their programs and let outside companies take this over. Last I was aware of over half of the school corporations in the state have dropped their summer DE programs. We have laws that if a student takes DE he/she can get their license 6 months earlier BUT I have found at least half of our local students just get their permit and wait the extra 6 months to get their license. Meanwhile we have students from Frontier, Tri County, West Central, Lafayette, Logansport, Rensselaer, Winamac, Pioneer, North White, Delphi, and Carroll that come to us because we are open year round and can meet their needs as several of these schools only offer DE in the summer OR have dropped their programs all together. The next big problem, and I take my hat off to Chris Meeks at Rensselaer, is that the state now encourages students to take the classroom portion of DE Online. The company I work for offers the classroom opportunity but we can not get anyone to sign up for the classroom. Having looked at that program I do not believe it is near as good as what Chris is doing. All the small things he does, outside speakers/discussion/examples, etc., are much more effective that an online class a student can do in a couple of weeks with no verbal feedback. It is no wonder Indiana continues to be one of the leaders nationally in student accidents. We still require 6 hours in the car with and instructor and the 50 hour log with parents that to many just sign off on. I don't know what the answer is other than bringing a LIFETIME SKILL back into the school setting or changing the laws where students must complete a DE course. I also believe moving the age back to 17 is a good thing to look at and if you do not complete a DE course then wait until you are 18 to get a license. I know of to many situations here and in other local communities where parents tried to teach their children to drive while they themselves had forgotten many rules of the road but thought they could handle it, only to see their child be involved in a deadly wreck. These are my opinions. Disagree if you wish. I have said to much.
  2. Twin Lakes sends their prayers to this great young man's family. May God Bless!!!
  3. Congrats to 2 very good football coaches and people. The ball will be in the air.
  4. Good for the Greenfield coaches, they don't need to reply to this topic.
  5. Destin was one of the great guys on Dave Blacks football staff at BC that was always a gentlemen to opposing coaches and during games. I spent a lot of time talking with Destin about coaching, teaching, education, etc over the years. Destin was one of my favorite people to visit with before and after games. We spent time trading film and talking. He was a tireless worker and from what I saw students loved him. BC has not been the same since he left football or the school corporation. To North Newton staff, community, and students our prayers are with you. God Bless!!!!!!
  6. No big deal!!! Thanks for continuing to get it going.
  7. To the Huntington School Board and Administration this is the hire they need at this point for their reasons. Not ours. Bob's teams have always been competitive: first time at Peru, then KV, Knightstown, then Peru again. You were always in a battle with a very fundamentally sound, physical, and competitive team. Bob has always related to kids and got them out for football. The winning is important yes. BUT is more important the character we are building in our athletes in this day. I like this thought from Dabo. Again, Bob's hire fits what the Huntington School Board felt they needed at this time.
  8. This means Bob will handle discipline within the building of a particular grade level or alphabetical level (A to E) of the student body. Will probably also handle attendance, supervision of lunch and or after school or even conferences such as special ed, etc. It is not an easy position. With Bob's background as an assistant principal, with an administrative license, he could handle teacher evaluations if called upon. This is not a created position but a position in addition to the principal and asst. principal. Many schools are adding this position due to the amount of extra work placed on the principal and asst. principal of the building. From what I understand Peru would not allow Bob to be head football coach and asst. principal. Their choice. Some schools will allow this. Knowing Bob this is a great move for Huntington as Bob is great with kids and discipline. Plus, he will good for the football program. Be careful how you phrase comments thinking it's just a way to hire another coach without knowing the facts. Your questions are good but your suggestions are ???????
  9. DK, Thank you for all your hard work. You DA man!!! Everyone, live with what he puts in the system, I'm just glad it's there, so get use to it!!
  10. What has the Hammond School Corporation decided to do with Clark and Gavit. I read back in December a decision would be coming the first of the year on closing them and combining with Hammond High. I know the Clark coaches expected Clark to remain open for another year or two. Just curious where this decision is if anyone knows. It will have a small impact of classification and sectionals.
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