Elkhart Community Schools hoping voters will approve referendum

first_img Twitter Google+ Previous articleSouth Bend board members opposing bills being considered in the StatehouseNext articleTwo die in Dowagiac house fire Tommie Lee Elkhart Community Schools hoping voters will approve referendum IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied/Elkhart Community Schools) The Elkhart Community Schools will be hosting a series of town halls to discuss an upcoming referendum.The schools are urging voters to approve the referendum on May 4th, which would provide more than 120 million dollars to the district over the next eight years.The Elkhart Truth reports that Superintendent Steve Thalheimer will answer questions during the town halls.The referendum town halls are scheduled for:6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Bristol Elementary School, 705 Indiana St., Bristol6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Pierre Moran Middle School, 200 W. Lusher Ave., Elkhart6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at Elkhart High School East, 1 Blazer Blvd., Elkhart6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at Elkhart High School West, 2608 California Road, Elkhart.Stronger Elkhart PAC will also stream each town hall live from its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StrongerElkhart.Additionally, the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Education/Career Development Council, Legislative Affairs Council and Economic Development Council will host a virtual meeting to discuss the referendum.The meeting will be Tuesday, March 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.During this meeting, representatives from Elkhart Community Schools will present information on the referendum that is being sought. This will be followed by an open forum of questions and answers. Participants will be able to ask their questions directly about the school system.All participants will need to register for this free event at https://www.elkhart.org/event/referendum-conversation/ Facebook By Tommie Lee – March 25, 2021 2 302 Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

Soler, Bell prepare for end of term

first_imgAs student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell’s administration nears the end of its term, Soler said she plans to continue pursuing their objectives and initiatives. Soler and Bell are set to leave office on April 1 and will concentrate on finalizing an agreement with local law enforcement, building on the Campus Life Council’s (CLC) recent work with sexual assault prevention and continuing efforts with campus renovations. Soler said a formal agreement with law enforcement — the product of a year of community relations work through the beND campaign — is expected shortly. “We definitely want to continue our push for the agreement with the local law enforcement, the University and student government to have regular conversations,” she said. “We have meetings coming up with the Indiana State Excise Police to get them on board, but basically making that a legitimate agreement is definitely something we want to finish.” Soler said while the work with law enforcement has been slower than the administration had originally hoped, she is pleased with how relations have progressed this year. “One of the things we were surprised with is the amount of time it takes to create something like our agreement with the police. To us, it seemed like it should be automatic, with everyone being so on board,” she said. “But we’ve seen the process of getting things completed, not for lack of interest, but just the difficulty of navigating through administration and community affairs that students don’t normally get involved in.” Bell said he thought the beND campaign had made an impact on the larger problem of yearly fluctuations in student arrests. “We think this is a really important step toward ending a problem that comes up [every few years],” he said. “In the time we’ve been here, there hasn’t been a spike in arrests until this year, but as we’ve done our research and gotten a more historical perspective, we see this is a recurring problem.” Soler said she hopes, despite the short period left in her term, to make significant headway with CLC’s sexual assault prevention work. “Our focus on sexual assault [with] CLC is sort of a new project, but definitely something we want to make a lot of progress on in the time we have left, considering CLC goes until the end of the year,” she said. Also in collaboration with CLC, Soler said she anticipates changes in how the administration serves off-campus students. “On CLC, we’re pushing for more administrative attention to off-campus students, and that will be coming through a resolution,” she said. Bell said he also hopes to continue working toward ongoing campus improvements, such as the addition of lights to McGlinn Fields and further renovations to the DeBartolo Lounge. “Those things obviously won’t be done before April 1, but we really just want to lay the groundwork so that even when we’re out of office those things will happen,” he said. Soler said she thinks the administration’s efforts have accelerated both projects. “I think that we were ambitious in our DeBartolo Lounge goals as far as the timeline,” she said. “But we’re pleased where things are in terms of getting that pushed up in the order of renovations at the University, and I’d say the same thing about the lights in McGlinn Fields.” After turnover, Soler said she hopes the next administration will build off the progress made throughout the year, especially with regards to community outreach and dialogue with law enforcement. “The beND campaign did a lot to further those initiatives, and I just hope there’s a lot of emphasis and focus from the next administration in continuing and improving those relationships even more,” she said. “We hope that since it’s been such a help this year and we’ve received such a positive response, that it will be a priority.” Soler said it was important for student government to stay true to the basic services students expect from it. “We hope that a lot of the programs we started that really served student needs, but may not be as elaborate or grand as some other things, do continue,” she said. “I hope that our work with Transpo, the discount program, giving input on Rent-a-Text, and other things like Whine Week will continue, because they’re important and it’s what students expect of their student government.” Soler said she sees the last month of her term as an opportunity to complete or advance some of her administration’s objectives while also assisting the next administration’s transition. “We want to finish our term strong, to continue to work until the last day, doing the best we can to prepare the next administration to continue the work we’ve done while being able to complete the newer goals we’ve set for ourselves,” she said. Junior Pat McCormick and sophomore Brett Rocheleau assume the roles of student body president and vice president, respectively, April 1.last_img read more

BE PREPARED: IDB providing funds to deal with natural disasters in the Caribbean

first_img Share Share NewsRegional BE PREPARED: IDB providing funds to deal with natural disasters in the Caribbean by: – March 11, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share 37 Views   no discussions WASHINGTON, CMC – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said Thursday that at the request of the governments of several member countries in the region, it has developed a financial risk management for natural disasters, aimed to help the countries be better prepared to deal with emergencies caused by catastrophic natural events.The IDB says its approach is focused in developing tailor-made integrated programmes to help the countries’ governments to better manage these financial risks, through the implementation of different innovative financing instruments and mechanisms, such as the Contingent Credit Facility and the Natural Disaster Insurance Facilities.“Currently, the Bank is working with 13 member countries to support their efforts to improve their disaster risk management capability and efficiency,” the IDB said in a statement. “Through the mentioned facilities, it is expected to provide during 2011 more than US$500 million in financing to help the region meet extraordinary expenditures that may arise during emergencies caused by natural disasters of severe or catastrophic magnitude. The IDB said that it has already approved a US$100 million loan for the Dominican Republic under its Contingent Credit Facility.During this year, the Bank will consider further contingent loans for Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras, totalling US$500 million. In addition, the IDB is expected to provide a US$24 million loan to structure and launch an Insurance Facility for Catastrophic Natural Disaster Emergencies for the Dominican Republic. This insurance facility plans to provide the government with a five-year US$100 million coverage for earthquakes and hurricanes of catastrophic magnitude.Resources from the IDB contingent loans are rapidly disbursed upon Bank’s verification that a natural disaster of severe to catastrophic intensity has occurred in the territory of the countries. The proceeds will allow governments to cover extraordinary expenditures that occur during the emergency, in the immediate aftermath of a major event; including emergency medical equipment, vaccines and medication, facilities and equipment for temporary shelters, food for displaced people and livestock, emergency workers to assist victims, and short-term leasing of energy, transportation and communications equipment and facilities.Financial disaster preparedness is a growing concern in Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year the region saw devastating earthquakes in Chile and Haiti and an active hurricane season that impacted Central America and Mexico. In addition, the La Niña-related weather phenomenon has brought severe flooding to Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil, among others.Source: Cana Newslast_img read more

North Peace Gymnastics receives new equipment

first_imgThings are starting to look up for the North Peace Gymnastics Association. New equipment has arrived at the association’s temporary home at the Stonebridge Hotel.Lorie Barrette of the gymnastics association said Saturday will be an even bigger day for the group as that’s when the equipment will be set up in the ballroom that they are occupying.“It’s amazing watching it all come in. It will be more amazing when we put it together on Saturday. We have a gentleman coming from Ontario to help set us all up and utilize all the space,” she said.- Advertisement -Going forward the plan is to go to go “full blown” in January for recreation programs while December will consist mostly of drops ins.last_img