Community members are showing their support for the Tippecanoe School Corporation after tornadoes and storms damaged two of its facilities.
“The outpouring of support and the donations – not only in supplies and money, but also the volunteer efforts – have just really been beyond belief,” says Dr. Scott Hanback, superintendent. “They’re continuous. They’re fast and furious, and we really appreciate that.”
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.
Students in the West Lafayette Community School Corporation earned a 91.1% passing rate on both portions of this year’s ISTEP exam. That’s third best in the state, behind Carmel Clay Schools and Zionsville. The rate is 78.5% for the Tippecanoe School Corporation and 75% for the Lafayette School Corporation.
Statewide, 73.5% of students passed both English and math portions of the ISTEP. The data shows 79.5% of Hoosier students passed the English portion of the test and 82.7% passed the math part. That's an improvement from 79.4% for English and 81.2% for math in 2012.
Several Mintonye Elementary school students are being treated for injuries after the bus they were on crashed on Interstate 65. It happened around 2 p.m. Thursday near Zionsville.
Tippecanoe School Corporation Superintendent Scott Hanback says five students and seven adults were on the bus, returning from a field trip.
He says the students are enrolled in the Greater Lafayette Area Special Services (GLASS) program and have some type of disability. The bus involved is owned by the Lafayette School Corporation, which administers the GLASS program.