The strong storms and high winds that moved through the Greater-Lafayette area earlier brought with them power outages and damage to the southern part of Tippecanoe County.
The Tippecanoe School Corporation has confirmed damage to Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye (min TAW nee) Elementary School. The nature and extent is not known, but there were no injuries reported.
A company on US 52, south of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway sustained heavy damage. A portion of Voestalpine Rotec was essentially destroyed. No known injuries have been reported in that case, either.
Governor Mike Pence announced Friday that he’s asked a national group to facilitate a discussion “within the State Board of Education,” hoping to de-escalate the tensions among Indiana’s top education policymakers. Pence’s announcement comes two days after State Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly adjourned a meeting of the State Board without a vote.
The president of Wabash College is tapping a chemistry professor to be the institution’s next dean.
Dr. Gregory Hess named Dr. Scott Feller to the position, which serves as the chief academic officer. He will take on the role July 1, 2014, replacing Dr. Gary Phillips, who will return to the classroom as Professor of Religion after a sabbatical leave.
State superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly ended a meeting of the State Board of Education without a vote Wednesday, but board members refused to leave. The tense situation is part of a power struggle between Ritz and the State Board for control of the state’s education agenda.
Directly at issue was a motion State Board member Brad Oliver offered during Wednesday’s meeting. He wanted to authorize staff for Governor Mike Pence’s newly-created education agency, which oversees the State Board, to take a formal role in reviewing the state’s academic standards.