Friday, September 28, 2007

Blog Bits

The PHS Band’s morning rehearsal was cut short today because of an odor that seemed to be the same hydrobromic acid released by Indiana Heat Transfer two weeks ago. The band students were taken inside immediately and all are reported to be fine. We have been in contact with the Plymouth Police Department and IDEM and both are very concerned about this situation. IDEM has ordered Indiana Heat Transfer to install a scrubber that will take care of the problem.

Principals in all other Plymouth Schools will check the air quality before sending their children to recess. If there is a problem, it is easily detected and students will be kept inside. We believe, however, that the traffic pattern of the acid seems to be isolated over Plymouth High School’s north parking lot.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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New Staff

Ashley Ranae Boardman is our new Art teacher at Plymouth High School. She received her degree in Visual Art Education from Indiana University.

Ashley was raised in Bourbon and loves the small town community atmosphere and all the wonderful opportunities Plymouth has to offer. Teaching in a school where "success is proven year after year and creativity is abundant" is very exciting to her.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

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New Staff

Natasha Norris is teaching Kindergarten ENL
at Menominee Elementary. She is a graduate
of Indiana University South Bend.

Natasha was born and raised in this community.
She is very proud to be able to continue to teach
and learn in Plymouth.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Blog Bits


We have recently spoken to Plymouth Police who have informed us that the odor was from Indiana Heat Transfer on West Harrison Street.

Once again, the irritation was from a release of a bromide acid which is a lung and eye irritant but is not toxic.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has been notified and is investigating the issue.

At this time, we feel convinced that the air is clean thus allowing schools to have practices and any scheduled games tonight.

Plymouth Schools is very appreciative of the immediate response of the Plymouth Police Department on this situation and their willingness to help us make a decision for the welfare of our students.

Blog Bits

About 9:00 a.m. the high school notified the central office that band students were complaining about irritating air quality in the high school’s north parking lot. Parents were notified, the nurse attended to students, and with permission from parents, some students were allowed to go home. The Police Chief, Jim Cox, indicated that a Plymouth factory was emitting a chemical that would only cause irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat. In order to safeguard our students, we are keeping them inside the rest of the day. Chief Cox said a representative of IDEM has been called to investigate the situation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Blog Bits

School Board Meeting
On September 6, 2007, the Board of Trustees met in regular session. In addition to the regularly scheduled items, the Board conducted a hearing on the 2008 budget. The Board conducted a second hearing on the 2008 capital projects and a third hearing was held on the 2008-2017 bus purchase plan. The Board accepted two transfer tuition students and heard a facility update. The Board will meet on September 20, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Elementary School.

PHS Girls Golf Team
Congratulations to the Girls Golf Team for their NLC Championship. Next on the agenda - the IHSAA Sectional.

Pride of Plymouth Marching Band
The band competed last Saturday evening in its first competition at Goshen High School. The students won 3 caption awards and finished in 2nd place by one half a point.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Blog Bits

At approximately 12:10 this afternoon, students reported to a teacher assistant that they had seen a man with a rifle on the Washington playground. The teaching assistant made the report to the principal.

All students were withdrawn from the playground. The doors to the building were locked. Police were notified. The Plymouth police searched the area and investigated the sighting. After interviewing the students, police concluded there was no person with a gun on the playground.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Blog Bits

New Staff

Dan Funston is our new principal at Lincoln Jr. High. He was formerly principal at John Glenn High School. Dan holds degrees from Tri-State University and Indiana University.

He and his wife, Heidi, are the parents of three children. Dan is very pleased to be a part of Plymouth Schools because they pursue excellence in everything.