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the November New Palestine High School
P.O. Box 448
lost 42 to 53. New Palestine, IN 46163
Thursday, December 7, 2006
Volume 83, Issue 6
Indy toll road proposed
not only bring dynamic growth
“If it’s in your backyard or my
a company to control the proposed
Indianapolis toll road.
for an Indianapolis toll road remains
unknown. The price of the Northern
also help complete I-69.
“We believe the Indiana
Governor Mitch Daniels recently in counties it passes through, backyard, it could have a negative “The company would basically Indiana toll road sits at 5.1 cents per Commerce Connector is ideally
proposed a plan to create a 75-mile but to communities radiating affect, but less than one-third of take a gamble. Like Cintra- mile for a passenger vehicle. suited for this new mode of
toll road around Indianapolis. out on other interstates,” stated one percent of the land in Hancock Macquarie, they would look at “If transportation is good, then construction, which has many
The proposed Commerce Governor Mitch Daniels in a press County will be affected,” stated the project and see how they can other companies will want to come additional advances, including
Connector will run through five conference proposing the Commerce Indiana State Representative, Bob benefit. It’s a long term investment. to Indiana. Indiana is here as a speed. We think parts of this road
Indiana counties, Madison, Hancock, Connector. Cherry. “If we don’t do this, what Over time, it will eventually make transportation superstore. We have could be available in a few years and
Shelby, Johnson and Morgan. It The estimated cost of the bypass are our other options? We can’t money. It’s being paid for by the the ability to be a transportation all of it in 10,” said Daniels.
suggests the road to run clockwise lies between $1 billion to $1.5 billion. widen all the roads. If we do this, we people who use the road and pay the crossroad,” said Pierce. The plans for the toll road remain
from I-69 at Pendleton to I-70 at the Once the proposed route passes, will be planning for the next 10 to tolls,” said Matt Pierce, Director of Funds from the Commerce in their beginning stages. The
Indianapolis International Airport. the state will begin looking for a 20 years.” Communications for ITR Concession Connector would relieve truck government still regards many plans
“This road would create six job company to take the responsibility Much like earlier in the year when Company, a private management traffic through Greenfield and New to conduct to pass the road. The
magnets anywhere one interstate for the project. the state gave Cintra-Macquarie the firm who represents the Northern Palestine. It would also relieve traffic Legislative must first approve the P3
crosses another. We believe the The state’s traffic will pay for the control of the northern Indiana toll Indiana toll road. from I-465 and other roads leading authority, the authority to build and
construction and maintenance of the road, the state plans on looking for At the moment, the price of a toll to it. The funds from the road could lease a road.
Local dog park opens gates NP United
New Palestine United Methodist Church recently
broke ground on their new construction project.
The expansion, scheduled for completion in July, will
more than double the church’s current area.
“We really needed more room. We felt like the
expansion could facilitate more activities that could
bring in the community,” said church member Maria
Poor. “It has a gymnasium, a stage with a pretty good
sound system, considering it’s in a gym, a walking track,
new classrooms, a worship area, a café, and wireless
Photos By: Amanda Spearing Internet access, so people can bring in their lap tops and
Main: Richard Cripe plays with his dog at Paul Ruster’s Dog Park. It has taken seven years of petitioning by the community for this dog park to become a reality. The park use them anywhere.”
includes two areas of fenced in land for the dogs to run freely. At the moment, admission to the park is free. Annual gate passes will eventually cost $40. The church hopes to reach out to the community by
creating opportunities for anyone to take advantage of
“When we get the electronic gates,
anyone who wants to visit the park will
on their distemper, parvo, and bordetella.
“They need to turn in documentation.
find at home.
Cantin said, “I like everything about
the new facility.
“It’s intended for the community,” said Poor. “The
Paul Ruster Park recently revealed need to buy a pass that they can use to It’s just a copy of their recent shots and it, especially the sociability of meeting front part of the church is normally locked, but this won’t
its plans to turn part of the land into a open the gates. You can get passes that license. It’s really for the safety of the other dog lovers. Seeing my dogs be. If you want to walk on the track, you’ll be free to go
Bark Park for canines and their bipedal are good for either a day, a month or a dogs and their owners,” said Hammond. running freely and so full of spirit lifts right on in and use it. It will open up some opportunities
companions. year,” said Yvonne Hammond, a park “We need to make sure that all the dogs my spirits and it keeps my dogs feeling for the people nearby.”
The Bark Park came into reality employee. are up to date on rabies vaccinations and very healthy.” The idea of an expansion began four years ago, when
due to the determination of several dog The park plans to implement can be around other dogs safely.” The park board hopes to add to the NPUMC pastors Beverly and Paul Perry created a church
owners and lovers. Eileen Cantin, who an electronic gate for maximum Safety remains a major concern for Bark Park’s landscaping to bestow the building committee. They approached several members
visits the park almost every day, joined convenience. Once installed, the gate park coordinators and visitors alike. The park with a more comfortable feel for the to research the church’s need for an expansion, as well
the campaign to create the park seven will allow all require potential visitors to park divides into areas for both the small dog owners. as what aspects that members wanted to see added to the
years ago. purchase a pass. Gate passes cost $10, and larger dogs who wish to enjoy the “It’s a beautiful facility,” said new building.
“We started our petition seven years with the annual passes ringing in at $40. park. Dogs under four months of age can Hammond. “We have up new fences, and “There’s really a big need for it. All the youth in the
ago. We had to get 1,000 signatures,” “Even the people who don’t like dogs not visit the Bark Park, and children under we have plans to work on the lanscaping, new neighborhoods that are being built need a place to
said Cantin. “We had to raise funds, don’t object to the idea of having dogs the age of 12 may not enter the Canine and add some new benches for the go, all the young people, the old people, and the little
and work with the parks department, to kept in a fenced in area. The electric gate Companion Zone after the beginning of visitors to use.” people with the daycare,” said Head of Trustees, David
let them know how much people wanted locks, so the park can still be safe for the the year. No visitor may bring more than Dog lovers interested in taking Mercer.
it. We held public meetings to see if people not interested in the Bark Park,” three dogs to the Bark Park, and the park advantage of the park’s facilities may Once the building project reaches completion, the
people wanted one, and there was an said Cantin. policy strictly prohibits the admittance of call the Paul Ruster Park at (317)327- church hopes to use the new gymnasium to begin a
overwhelming response in support of it.” All dogs at the park must register a any female dogs in heat. 0143. The park, located at 11300 East church basketball league.
The park, scheduled to formally open copy of their documentation on file at Though the park primarily benefits Prospect Street, plans to allow free access “It’s going to help youth with their activities,” said
in January, currently allows visitors to the park office. The dogs must also wear dogs, the owners appreciate its benefits to the Bark Park until its grand opening in NPUMC youth group member Adrienne Maxwell. “I’m
use the facilities free of charge. tags documenting their most recent rabies as well. Dogs release their energy and January of next year. really looking forward to the café and two new youth
vaccination, and must remain up-to-date get plenty of exercise that they can not rooms.”
Graduation rates decrease
The plans to include a new café with the addition also
draw considerable attention to the building campaign.
The café plans to remain open 24 hours a day for visitors.
Continual background music and food add to the café’s
“What can you do after school?” said Mercer,
are considered dropouts for the school’s extreme their drop out problem is and what “There’s nowhere for you to go once school’s over. This
graduation rate. needs to be done about it.
Tentative The Indiana Department of Education “Both calculations are accurate. This “It’s just a way to do the math
will be a safe place for all sorts of people to go and to
Hancock County enforced a new way to calculate the
graduation rate for the class of 2005 to
gives [the state] a better look at students
complete high school within four years. We
differently. They’re defining the graduation
rate differently. We had real facts before,”
Anyone interested in learning more about the church
Graduation Rate 2006.
In previous years, the graduation rate
have a clearer look at how many students said Principal Jan Bergeson.
expansion may visit the church’s website and building
blog at www.npumc.com, call the church at (317) 861-
are graduating, dropping out and getting For some schools, this new calculation 4390, or visit the building at 3565 South Gem Road.
Eastern Hancock was calculated by examining the students their GED,” stated Michalak. has caused the graduation rate to go down.
2005: 90% who entered senior year to those who Indiana is one of the first states in the Mt... Vernon’s tentative graduation rate
exited senior year. The new calculation
2006: 80% measures students from their freshmen to
country to figure the graduation rate with decreased by seven percent and Greenfield-
this new calculation. The state has given Central’s rate decreased by 12 percent from
Mt. Vernon “This is a more accurate graduation
each student a student code number. When the class of 2005 to the class of 2006.
2005: 89% rate that allows [the state] to see what
the students graduate, the state can identify This decrease in the graduation rate
the student at figure why they didn’t receive was caused by several different factors
2006: 82% real problems we have in high school their diploma. If a student moves to another including students who received their GED
graduation,” said Mary Jane Michalak, state and the school can’t determine where and dropped out before their senior year.
Greenﬁeld-Central Communication Specialist with the Indiana they graduated from, they are considered as Administrators are still sending in
2005: 95% Department of Education. a dropout. their final documents concerning their
In November, the state released the
2006: 83% tentative graduation rate of the state as 75.5
They can use the graduation rate to look school’s graduation rate. The state’s
back at a class and calculate whether there official graduation rate will be released
percent. With the new calculation, students
New Palestine who received special education certificates,
were more students who dropped out or by December 31, 2006. The state will then
Photo provided by New Palestine United Methodist Church
received their GED. This information can evaluate the statistics and determine which
course complement, GED, move out of be used to help the state figure out how areas need improvement.
A scale model shows the dimensions of the New Palestine United
2006: 94% state or who take a fifth year to graduate Methodist Church’s new building expansion. The expansion, due to
reach completion in July, more than doubles the church’s area.
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