Kokomo Perspective 01 18 2017 E Edition Page A1

765-452-0055 kokomoperspective.com e-edition January 18, 2017 For Local Weather Call 457-9211 Sponsored by: City of Kokomo, Coca-Cola, White's Meat Market, Brad Howell, William's Shoes Over 4.41 Million Callers Stay in touch with the latest in our community at kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Former IUK coach was investigated for sexual misconduct, threatening or violent behavior Violations were under university investigation before Thompson resigned A former IUK mens basket- ball coach faced serious allega- tions prior to his resignation at the end of the year. In information obtained through an Access to Public Records Request sent to Indi- ana University, more details have come to light about the recent spate of coaching chang- es at the local college. Through this request, it was shown that Jace Thomspon, the former mens basketball coach at Indi- ana University Kokomo, was under investigation for two al- leged violations of the schools policy. Jace was suspended pend- ing an investigation into al- leged violation of the threaten- ing or violent behavior in the workplace policy and the sex- ual misconduct policy, said James Nussbaum, the assistant general counsel for IU. But before the conclusion of that investigation, Jace informed us he was resigning. Thompson origi- nally tendered his resignation on Dec. 22. This came after the university announced the coachs suspension on Dec. 8, and at the time no other infor- mation had been given con- cerning what had led to the disciplinary action. The university declined to provide further details about what lead to the investigation regarding Thompson; how- ever, the schools policy guide- lines describe the nature of the allegations. According to the schools policy, sexual misconduct in- cludes sexual harassment, sex- ual assault, other forms of sex- ual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual ex- ploitation, and stalking. Additionally, threatening behavior is defined as an ex- pressed or implied threat to interfere with an individuals health or safety, or with the property of the university, or property on university prem- ises belonging to others, which causes a reasonable apprehen- sion or fear that such harm or injury is about to occur. This same school policy also lists IUK A10 Depot district filling up fast In about three short years the area surrounding the historic train depot in downtown Ko- komo has come back to life. And the completion of the de- pot, which houses A. Michaels restaurant and most recently Tin Man Brewery, is emblem- atic of the progress the district has made since the Great Reces- sion. Just as other businesses have done before, like 3 Ami- gos Mexican Grill and Oscars Pizza, the addition of the depot to area business creates another example of economic growth blossoming from an unused historical site. According to Susan Alexan- der, the downtown initiatives manager for the Greater Ko- komo Economic Development Alliance, the depot district has come a long way. From 2014 to 2016, that dis- trict has really come alive. The depot district is thriving, and of course with Tin Man Brewery now completing the depot, it has just made sense to develop that area. I remember, even, ighting for 3 Amigos to have their liquor license and really making the argument that this type of development is what we want. Its a district. Were not placing one restaurant; we want to create a district. Obviously, thats what happened, Alexan- der said. The depot, she said, is the centerpiece of it all as well. Its a stroke of genius for the city to buy and preserve that de- pot because it's really the flag- ship then of that district, said Alexander. It sets the feel, the mood for that entertainment district. While the GKEDA doesnt track the occupancy rate of the depot district, as it does with the area of downtown sur- rounding the courthouse, Al- exander stands by the growth of the area and claims that the depot district has blossomed into a successful and thriving business district. About four years ago, many of the structures now occupied by successful businesses in the depot district stood as empty historical buildings, and some had been unoccupied for nearly a decade. According to developer Scott Pitcher of Fortune Companies Inc., the progress of the depot district started with devel- oper Jeff Broughton's work on Panhandlers Alley, but it has continued onward thanks to partnerships with the city of Kokomo and his own compa- nys work. Most recently For- tune Companies handled the renovation of the depot, which involved use of what Pitcher calls historically-sympathetic renovation work. In the instance of the depot, it involved repurposing the original architecture of the de- Development continues in the area surrounding the historic train depot by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Thompson origi policy, sexual m In about three sh area surrounding train depot in dow komo has come bac And the completi pot, which houses restaurant and m Tin Man Brewery, atic of the progress has made since the sion. Just as other have done before, gos Mexican Grill Pizza, the addition to area business cre example of econo blossoming from historical site. According to Su der, the downtow manager for the komo Economic D Alliance, the depot come a long way. Developmen continues in surrounding historic train by Devin Zimm News Repo dzimmerman@kokomope Depot A2 A cursory look at pending Hoosier legislation already catching public attention A long session of the Indiana legislature is now in session, and heres a list of bills sure to gar- ner public attention or potentially impact the lives of every Hoosier. The Kokomo Perspective will strive to follow each bill and report the progress of these items of proposed legislation as the session continues. Replacing ISTEP woes: House Bill 1003, filed by Rep. Robert Behning, may bring about changes for the much- loathed ISTEP testing program. In this instance, the bill makes way for a sys- tem known as Indiana Learning Evalu- ation Assessment Readiness Network (ILEARN) by repealing a provision that defines the ISTEP program. Other than boasting a snappy name, ILEARN could prove to be the end of ISTEP as early as the 2018-2019 school year. Its also Behnings intention, as the House Education Committee chairman, to introduce a nationally-recognized college or career readiness test with HB 1003. The ILEARN would also, accord- ing to the filed legislation, allow for the exams to be administered once at the end of the year as opposed to in two periods taking place in the spring and winter. Should it come to fruition, HB 1003 may mark the end of a long battle to do away with antiquated testing marred by delay after delay and possibly the beginning of a new standard. However, some also argue that IL- EARN may not differ very much from ISTEP. As of Thursday, the bill had been referred to the Committee on Edu- cation. Redrawing the state: Should House Bill 1014 come to pass, its impact on the political playing field of Indiana could be immense. The proposed legislation by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Legislation A3 Thompson Perspective Photo / Slater Young DEPOT - A look down Buckeye Street shows some of the updates as businesses have moved to the area.

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