We begin this week with a heightened sense of safety and security for our students, parents and personnel. As we process what has taken place at Sandy Hook Elementary, we are keenly aware that their children and administrators are our children and administrators. Their loss and grief is our loss and grief. And so we talk, cry and cope in whatever way helps ease this senseless loss of life. Certainly, we will hug our kids, spouses and friends a bit tighter as they head back to school this day.
As we absorb the circumstances of these events, we urge you to be keenly aware that each of us processes this scenario in a variety of ways from crying to talking, writing, drawing, painting and withdrawal. Above all, be open and honest with your student(s), realizing that words and descriptions should be age appropriate. For smaller children, constant TV coverage might appear to be “new” to them every time they see this story. Your efforts in how much coverage they see will be beneficial.
Rest assured that Rush County Schools has been very proactive with their security measures. All schools are locked during school hours and entry is only accessible at a main entrance after visual and verbal confirmation. Video cameras assure added safety. All schools practice fire, tornado and intruder drills on a consistent basis and an Emergency Plan is in place.
“All Rush County Schools have been vigilant toward communication and preparation for a variety of emergency situations. Our teachers and administrators are keenly aware that the safety of all our students is paramount. Parents can take comfort in knowing we are a safe and great place to be,” stated RCS superintendent Dr. John Williams.
Legacy Fund Director/Information Officer, Rush County Schools
Fondly remembering favorite teachers
If it wasn’t for my high school teachers Mrs. Gulde, Mr. Blair and Mrs. Perin, I might think that Chekov was only a starship pilot on “Star Trek,” Seymour Glass was the name of an Indiana glazier, and Romeo and Juliet was only a movie that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Clair Danes.
Leising: Responsible state government
The 2013 legislative session came to an end recently with passage of our state’s next two-year budget. As other states struggle to find ways to balance their budgets, Indiana has passed an honestly balanced budget that maintains adequate reserves and still provides millions of dollars in tax relief.
Barada: Gun scare is a lot of hot air
It’s obvious that many people really believe that, somehow or other, it’s possible for the government to take their firearms away.
Barada: Fashion statements come and go
A few days ago, I was watching the first game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, the Pacers lost by a single point.
Barada: Spending cuts don’t have to hurt
How many of us really understand what “sequestration” means? The media has been overflowing with commentary about the good or the evil that will be caused by sequestration. It all starts with the federal budget.
Mauzy: Seniors perform final tasks at RCHS
As the parent of a 2013 high school graduate, I approach the ending of the school year in a joyous yet melancholy kind of way. Every milestone my son hit this year has come with elation attached to subdued realizations. Years of watching him burn the midnight oil while working on homework assignments and then witnessing the dedication to his sporting events will soon end. To be sure, the growth of a child is a wonderful event.
Library should be county-wide
I read with interest Paul Barada’s column proposing that the Rushville Library should become a county facility.
Way back in 1990, shortly after I became publisher of the Rushville Republican, I approached the director of the library, informing her that I wished to put the entire resources of the local newspaper behind a drive to convert the city library to a county library.
Our View: Seizure of AP phone records insult to independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
Barada: 50 years ago and counting
My, does time fly! On June 22 next month, the Rushville High School Class of 1963 will celebrate its 50th anniversary. To be honest, 1963 doesn’t sound all that long ago, until one considers that, when we graduated in June 1963, the Class of 1913 was celebrating its 50th anniversary! Now, 1913 seemed like a long time ago when I was just 17 years old. The year 1913 was four years before the United States entered World War One.
Barada: Local library should be a county facility
A noble effort is underway to renovate and expand the Rushville Public Library. It will not be an easy task. What will help, in my opinion, will be finally making the public library a county library.
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