Superintendent settles in with 100-day goals
By Feb. 28, Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee — who took the IPS helm on Sept. 23 — aims to have made progress toward five main objectives. According to a 100-day action plan released Monday, Ferebee intends to gather information on IPS and its community ties; establish strong links within that network; assess the state of the school district while gaining historical perspective; identify critical challenges and opportunities; and create a supportive network of critical friends to the district while leveraging resources that will help advance IPS. Stay tuned ... Meanwhile, check out the month-long series of community conversations on education presented by WFYI, United Way of Central Indiana and The Indianapolis Public Library. The series kicks off at 6 p.m., Oct. 9, at Central Library with a preview of a new PBS documentary series, The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation, which explores the economics and benefits of investing in preschool. It will be followed by a talk with local early childhood education leaders. An Oct. 16 event will focus on chronic absence; on Oct. 29 State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will participate in a public Q&A.
This just in from the statisticians at State Farm Insurance: Indiana is following a national trend that charts a decline in the number of crashes involving deer and vehicles. The likelihood of crashing into a deer in Indiana dropped 23 percent across the state, meaning drivers now have a 1 in 218 chance of hitting a deer compared to last year's 1 in 163.
J.D. Marshall Nature Preserve memorializes the J.D. Marshall, a 154-foot long, steam-powered sand barge built in 1891 that sank in a storm on June 11, 1911. Four crew members died, seven survived.
Green living, senior style
Sustainable Indiana 2016 recognized Robin Run Village, a senior living campus with nearly 500 residents and 250 employees, as the state's first senior community to fulfill the requirements to be certified a platinum-level Bicentennial Green Legacy Community. The village's administration accumulated credit in several areas, including water conservation, green jobs, electric and fuel efficiency, landfill waste reduction and landscape amenities. Individuals focused on initiatives such as recycling, gardening, home insulation, eating less meat, choosing IPL's Green Power Option and shopping at local farmers markets. Sustainable Indiana 2016is a bicentennial citizen's initiative of Earth Charter Indiana, a nonprofit organization committed to inspire and advance sustainable, just and peaceful living in Indiana by promoting the values and principles of the Earth Charter. For more information visit sustainableindiana2016.org.
Bird Town, Indiana
The Indiana Audubon Society recently designated Geneva, Ind., home to the Limberlost State Historic Site, as the first Bird Town of Indiana. The town was home to one of Indiana's best-known authors, Gene Stratton-Porter, who in the early 1900s pioneered the field of nature photography in the regional wetlands, establishing herself as one of the premiere birders and naturalists of her day. The society plans to offer the designation to Hoosier communities that demonstrate an active and ongoing commitment to the protection and conservation of bird populations and habitat."The Bird Town designation is acknowledgement that the local wetland restoration efforts have been successful in bringing many types of birds back to the Limberlost," Randy Lehman, the Limberlost State Historic Site Manager, said in a news release. "As the birds return, they will attract those who watch birds for a hobby, helping to promote the area and bringing tourist dollars into our economy."
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