School news, Jan. 15 | News

School news, Jan. 15 | News
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Kokomo Schools Add Lights to Track and Field Events

Kokomo School Corporation will add field lights to its sports complex where long jump, pole vault and discus events will be held.

Lights will also be added to the grass pitch west of the football field.

Contract awarded to J&J Electric of Indiana, Inc. Its value does not exceed $529,995.

Dave Barnes, KSC Director of Communications, said the new lights allow the squad to use the grass field for training during the evening hours, as well as benefit Kokomo as a whole when hosting community events on site.

Applications Available for Taylor Sellers Scholarships

The Taylor High School Scholarship Committee will award other scholarships to vendors this spring.

Scholarships are available to Taylor’s seniors and graduates. Applicants must have a Taylor diploma, at least a C average and be good citizens.

The scholarships come from interest generated by a $750,000 grant provided to the school’s corporation by Lloyd, Grace, and Gene Sellers. More than 600 scholarships have been awarded so far.

Scholarship amounts depend on the number of applicants but are estimated at $500.

Applications may be received at the supervisor’s office, high school office, media center, or counseling office.

Two other $1,000 scholarship options are available for college students. Sophomores can apply for a Community Training Scholarship, which includes volunteering for the Howard County nonprofit.

College students 35 years of age or older can apply for the non-traditional scholarship.

Applications for community training and non-traditional scholarships can be obtained from Charles Short, the scholarship coordinator, at

All applications are due by April 13th and must be transferred to the Taylor Counseling Office. Winners will be notified on 1 May.

IUK observatory hosts an open house on a new telescope

The Indiana University Kokomo Observatory will host an open house at 7 p.m. Sunday around the largest telescope ever built.

The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on Christmas Day and is undergoing testing as it travels to orbit Earth from about a million miles away.

A discussion about the telescope will follow an opportunity to view the stars using the observatory’s telescopes.

The Moon and Jupiter should be visible, as well as some of the constellations, weather permitting.

The observatory is located at 2660 S. Washington St. Entry and parking are free.

IU requires masks to be worn at all indoor events.

Ivy Tech receives $200,000 in rebates from Duke Energy

Ivy Tech Kokomo will receive $230,000 in discounts and incentives from Duke Energy due to its energy-efficient campus upgrades.

Cost savings come from Duke Energy’s Corporate Smart Dollar Program, which provides cash rebates and incentives designed to encourage the purchase and installation of energy-efficient equipment.

Ivy Tech used the electrical company’s program to “take advantage of incentives and rebates for energy-efficient HVAC systems, chillers, LED lighting, building envelopes, lighting level and occupancy controls,” according to a press release.

The energy savings add approximately 684 tons of CO2 reduction from the air, or the equivalent of removing 135 passenger cars from the road each year.

Information session hosted by Ivy Tech at Logansport

Ivy Tech Community College will host an information session from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at its Logansport campus.

Students and families can learn about Ivy Tech options in Cass County.

Participants will learn about spring semesters on January 19 and March 23 in formats including online, virtual, face-to-face and around “stackable” credentials that allow students to move through degree programs, technical certificates, and associate degrees, depending on their interest.

Also on the agenda is a review of several funding sources to help cover tuition fees and free textbooks available during the spring semester.

The Logansport campus is located at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

For more information on how to register, go to or send an email to We welcome visits without prior reservation.


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