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Prairie Heights turns 50 this year

The Prairie Heights Community School Corporation is turning 50 years old, and is looking ahead at celebrating its first half-century.

At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Alan Middleton noted that the district was incorporated January 1, 1963. The district would like to hold a celebration later in the fall for the anniversary, and is looking to collect artifacts from the community on the history of the school.

The high school itself was first used in 1965. For the first graduating class, 1964-1965, students attended the individual high schools but received Prairie Heights diplomas at a graduation ceremony held in Angola at what is now the Trine Performing Arts Center. Students began attending the new Prairie Heights High School in the fall of 1965.

In other business:

The board received an update on summer construction projects. The entrances at the elementary and middle school building are done. The office area has been rearranged for better visibility of the entrance hallways and privacy in some offices.

The high school entrance is awaiting the arrival of new doors.

With the new entrances, all visitors will enter at one location and be checked in by the office staff before entering the building.

The board ratified a two-year agreement with the Prairie Heights Education Association. Teachers ratified the agreement earlier on Monday.

The district announced it will hold a public hearing on the advertised 2014 budget during their regular meeting on September 16. The budget adoption is set for the October 21 meeting.