School News – February 17

School news

BCSC to host teacher education program

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. will host a session on “Alternative Licensing Paths for Teacher Education” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the administrative offices Terrace Room.

Julie Bilz, professor and program chair for the School of Education at Ivy Tech Community College, Career Specialist Program, and Alycia Elfreich, clinical professor in the School of Education at Indiana University in Bloomington will be the speakers.

The program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree interested in transitioning to the field of secondary education, or those holding an emergency license and teaching in a middle or high school.

For more information about the program, contact Bill Jensen, BCSC director of secondary education, at [email protected] or call 812-375-1762.

Students serve as pages at Statehouse

Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus) welcomed the following students to the Indiana Statehouse who served as Senate pages in January.

Hannah Gladden, from Columbus, attends Central Middle School

Kaylee Maschino, from Columbus, attends Columbus North High School

Robert O’Brien, from Columbus, attends St. Bartholomew Catholic School

Pages spend a day at the Statehouse touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senator.

Students in grades six through 12 participate in the page program on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the legislative session. Groups serve on Wednesdays.

To learn more about the Senate Page Program, visit

Referendum public information sessions set

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. officials are continuing a series of public information sessions about a proposed operating referendum.There are four additional public referendum information sessions, each at 6 p.m.:

Thursday at Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St.

Feb. 27 at Rockcreek Elementary, 13000 E. County Road 200S

March 24 at Mt. Healthy Elementary, 12150 S. State Road 58

March 31 at Central Middle School, 725 7th St.

If approved by voters in May, the referendum would increase BCSC’s property taxes by $0.156 per $100 of assessed value to roughly $1.01 starting in 2021. BCSC officials initially had sought a $0.195 per $100 of assessed valuation increase, but lowered the request before the public information sessions began.

A total of 86% of the increased property tax revenue would be spent on employee recruitment and retention and 14% on student safety and security, according to figures from BCSC.