Portage academic teams honored before business at hand
By John Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent February 25, 2013 9:52PM
Updated: February 25, 2013 10:49PM
PORTAGE — The Portage Academic Decathlon and Quiz Bowl teams were introduced to the Portage Township School Board at the monthly board meeting Monday night. The Decathlon team placed eighth at the recent state meet earlier this month. Individual medalists were Jeremy Mendoza, earning bronze and silver medals in science and economics, and Megan Whiteside, earning two bronze medals in literature and essay writing.
The quiz bowl team is currently ranked second in the local Duneland conference, behind first ranked Chesterton. The quiz bowl conference tournament in scheduled for March 5 and the team will travel to West Lafayette for their first appearance at the state tournament on March 16. Portage previously defeated conference leader Chesterton.
Assistant Superintendent Tom Taylor told the board that online student registration could be in-place in time for the 2013-2014 term. A vendor has been identified to implement the system and will appear before the school board next month.
Residency documents and means of accepting payments remain big obstacles for implementation, according to Taylor.
“We’re just trying to streamline the process to make it easier for the parents,” said Taylor. On-site centralized student registration will remain.
The common school fund loan program will be used to acquire and implement the online registration system.
The board approved a contract with Comcast to provide Wide Area Network services to the schools for a monthly cost of $3,276.
The board approved the use of public comment forms. Requiring the public to fill out a comment form prior to addressing the board was a sticking point with board member William Fekete. “I’ll give it a try,” said Fekete, as he voted in favor of the form.
Primary and Secondary schools will begin August 21 in action taken by the board to approve the 2013-2014 school calendar.