Kokomo Perspective 02 13 2019 E Edition Page A1

Kokomo School Cor- poration is set to take drastic steps during the next school year aimed at reversing negative per- formance trends in three of its most impoverished schools, but wide-rang- ing plans to overhaul the schools also chip away at the Kokomo Teachers Associations authority at a time when union en- rollment puts the orga- nization in a precipitous spot. Last year the Indiana State School Board ap- proved a proposal by KSC administrators to designate Bon Air Ele- mentary, Bon Air Mid- dle School, and Pettit Park as transformation zones. As a result, these schools, selected for con- secutively-poor state let- ter grades, will receive $6.8 million in grant funding from the state, which will be utilized in wide-ranging ways to improve the schools. But as part of this designa- tion, the school admin- istration may choose to alter how the teachers union interacts with the administration, in this case eliminating discus- sion rights at Bon Air Elementary and Bon Air Middle. The KTA argued that such a change re- moved teachers from the equation when decisions are made, while the school administration claimed that removing discussion rights from the KTA allowed for more teachers to be con- sulted in building-level discussion. Teacher unions play two important roles in interactions between educators and adminis- Summer may be too far offfor some people's lik- ing, but the city of Koko- mo is giving concert-go- ers something to look forward to. The city of Kokomo icially announced the lineup for this years Summer Concert Series, and a wide variety of bands are set to perform this year at The Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion at Foster Park. The line- up includes a smattering of music genres, ranging from classic rock to folk. This years Summer Concert series kicks off on Saturday, June 1, with Weberfest. That day, Del- ta Rae, an American folk band hailing from North Carolina, will take the stage in Foster Park. The band consists of three siblings - Ian, Eric, and Brittany Holljes. The groups debut album Carry the Fire was re- leased in 2013. No Name Blues, a three-man band from Nashville, will open for Delta Rae. The Carver Center Summer Celebration follows the next week- end, and on Saturday, June 8, Average White Band takes the stage. The group is widely consid- ered one of the best funk and soul groups in Amer- ican History and has earned multiple gold al- bums with hits like Pick up the Pieces, Cut the Cake, and A Love of your Own. The Why Store, known for hits such as Lack of Water and Surround Me, will be the opening act that evening. The Allman Betts Band will headline the 2019 HOG Fest on Sat- urday, June 22. Formed by Devon Allman, whos the son of Greg Allman, and Duane Betts, who's the son of Dickey Betts, The Allman Betts Band will perform both songs from its solo projects and classics from the Allman Brothers Band. 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Summers Mundy by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com CITY ANNOUNCES SUMMER CONCERT SERIES LINEUP The Allman Betts Band, Average White Band headlining series Kokomo Perspective's WEATHERPHONE For 24/7 up-to-date weather 765-457-9211 Kokomo School Corporation chips away at teacher union New transformation zones remove KTA discussion authority as union suffers low enrollment Summersthreatenedtoaxeschoolresourceiceroverhisownpay Employee records indicate Summers tried to use school board position for personal gain Mayoral candidate Kevin Summers, ac- cording to his employ- ee record from Koko- mo Police Department, threatened to utilize his position on the Kokomo School Board to give the schools student resource icer (SRO) program the axe if his supervisors didnt compensate him on his terms. Multiple documents included in Summers personnel file, obtained via a public records re- quest, detail a dispute the former KPD captain had with his supervisor, now-retired Capt. Dave Mitchell in 2006. That dispute revolved around Summers wanting to receive comp time, in- stead of overtime pay, as part of his work as an SRO at Kokomo schools. His superiors, in these records, claimed that Summers threatened to kill the SRO program using his position as a school board member if they didnt acquiesce to his demands. Such pro- grams center on icers keeping schools safe, and much of Summers campaign has been predicated on his com- mitment to public safety. The documents ref- erencing the dispute all are authored by Mitchell and primarily consist of correspondence between the KPD captain - who

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