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Updated: February 18, 2013 10:14PM



Lowell

Ivy Tech to partner with Tri-Creek Schools

Tri-Creek School Corp. is conducting a series of community Listening Posts to gather input for the new Learning Center partnership with Ivy Tech Community College.

Ivy Tech will be leasing space in the new Tri-Creek Middle School for the Learning Center, which is expected to become a regional campus site, according to Tri-Creek officials.

Day and evening general education courses will be offered for Lowell High School students and community members. Career and technical courses including Steelwork of the Future, also will be offered.

Plans for the Learning Center include apace for the Opportunity Center, Tri-Creek’s alternative to suspension and expulsion program. A preschool and daycare center, an employee health center, a community center and a multipurpose gymnasium, which also can serve as a large group instruction space, also are planned.

Tri-Creek administrative services also will be housed on-site to oversee operations of the building. As part of the arrangement Lowell High School students who pass Ivy Tech’s admissions test will be allowed to take courses at the center free of charge.

Representatives from Ivy Tech, CSO Architects, The Skillman Corp. and a financial advisory will be on hand to answer questions.

Dates for the Listening Posts are 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the LMS cafeteria, 19250 Cline Ave.; at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lowell High School auditorium, 2051 E. Commercial Ave.; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Cedar Creek Community Center, 151 N. Freemont St., and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Lowell town Hall, 501 E. Main St.

Crown Point

St. Pat’s day getting more secure

New crowd control barricades will be purchased in time for the annual nighttime St. Patrick’s Day parade in an effort to make such well attended public events safer.

The Board of Public Works and Safety recently approved purchasing with recycling revenues 300 of the barricades for a cost not-to-exceed $20,000. Diana Bosse, director of special events, said the barricades will provide 24,000 feet of coverage that can be installed and removed more efficiently by the public works department.

Barricades will be placed around the downtown square for the parade. The city also will continue to use the parking blocks and snow fences, but the barricades will cut down the reliance on the snow fence which is cumbersome to install and not as secure.

“This is sturdier and more permanent,” she said.

Keith Stevens, chief of staff, said it also is easier and less time consuming to install and remove the barricades as opposed to the snow fence.

“The man hours saved will surely pay off,” Stevens said.



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