Gary Community Schools Manager Paige McNulty

Today:  Gary Community School Corp. manager Dr. Paige McNulty is on "Regionally Speaking" with an update on how the school district has done as the new school year gets underway, including on the needed repairs to some buildings to deal with the (physcially) hot beginning to a new year.  The creators of a new documentary on the late PBS painter Bob Ross talk about the new program, now streaming online.  And Julia Vaughn with the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission talks about the public pressure on Hoosier legislators not to make the same mistakes of the past that resulted in "gerrymandered" legislative and congressional districts.  General Assembly members return to Indianapolis early next month to begin their work -- but citizen advocates are worried that they've already made up their minds.

Gary Community School Corporation

GARY - The Gary Community School Corporation (GCSC) revealed on Thursday how it plans to spend $71 million of federal funding at the Distressed Unit Appeal Board (DUAB) meeting.

The plan is academics-centered and focuses on instruction, technology, facilities, equipment, and personnel. The school corporation kept certain goals in mind in developing its strategy for using the federal funds.  The goals are to continue improving academics and continue building a sustainable district.  

Justin Hicks, IPB News

Today:  Dan Carden, the chief political reporter for the "Times," is on this program with his stories from Tuesday's election which include his conversation with Democrat Frank Mrvan as he waited for the returns that will eventually lead to his victory and to his next assignment: going to Capitol Hill next year as First District Congressman.   Gary Community Schools manager Dr. Paige McNulty is with us to talk about the  school district's successful community-based referendum which will lead to more opportunities and support for students and the first pay raise for Gary teachers in more than a decade.  About 60.2-percent of Gary residents who cast ballots voted "yes" in support of the eight-year tax increase initiative.    And former Indiana Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson talks about her book  "The Character of American Democracy."

Indiana Public Radio, Muncie

Today:  Jena Bellezza, the COO of the Indiana Parenting Institute, is with us to talk about the two recent online public forums dealing with issues like implicit bias, racism, child abuse and neglect that were part of the series that took the place of an Indiana University Northwest Annual Forum -- that would have been presented in April, had it not been cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic.  Side Effects Public Media's Jake Harper has a report on the staffing problems at the Miami Correctional Facility.    We bring back our  conversation with Gary Community Schools manager Paige McNulty on the tax referendum that is on the Nov. 3rd election ballot, and "Post-Tribune" reporter Carrie Napoleon talks about the stories she put out in print and online.  They include this week's announcement of the Akyumen Industries' plans to move its headquarters to the Midwest and open a big manufacturing facility in Gary.

Gary Community Schools Facebook page

Today:  We have an updated look at the upcoming school tax referendum for the Gary Community Schools, from the school district's manager Dr. Paige McNulty.  Voters in Gary will be asked in the November general election to approve a tax increase that would bring $8.9 million annually, over eight years, to the Gary Community Schools.  It is a move that district leaders are calling the quickest path toward improving education in the city and ending state intervention.   Purdue University distinguished professor Shelley MacDermid-Wadsworth is back to talk about their successful COVID-19-related Facebook group "Families Tackling Tough Times Together," and its next cycle to begin in October.  Home Instead Care Merrillville owner Sandi Haywood is with us to review the ways to care for loved ones with dementia or Alzheimers' disease during the pandemic or the flu season.  World Alzheimers' Month ends next week.  And Sam Gross with Slacker.com goes down the list to tell us which Indiana counties record the best and worst commutes  -- with a look at northwest Indiana.