Dollars and coins sit on a plate in the Photojournalism Studio Feb. 1 in the Art and Journalism Building at Ball State. Amber Pietz, DN
Dollars and coins sit on a plate in the Photojournalism Studio Feb. 1 in the Art and Journalism Building at Ball State. Amber Pietz, DN

Local School Meals 2/2/2023, 9:59am

Most meals in Delaware County’s schools are no longer free, adding an extra stress on families

Though only one public school corporation in Delaware County’s meals are free to all students after the pandemic, the economic climate still makes it necessary for some families. Two parents of children in the Delaware Community School Corporation explain why there may always be a need for free meals in public schools.

Computer Science 9/29/2022, 9:59am

From Social Work to Computer Work

Though Dave Largent initially secured a social work major in college, he has made a career out of computer science. Largent won the 2022 Ball State University Most Outstanding Faculty Award due to his work for the university and with local K-12 schools.


Day of Action 9/8/2022, 8:59am

A Helping Hand

Ball State’s Office of Community Engagement holds its annual Day of Action Friday, Sept. 9, to help Delaware and surrounding counties with providing basic necessities. 

School Safety 8/29/2022, 8:59am

Safety in the Schoolyard

With August comes a new school year, and schools in Muncie are or will soon be filled with students of all ages, in cafeterias, at bus stops and in school hallways. Families may ask for bus drop-off and pick up times and how the cafeteria works, but they may also ask – ‘will my loved one be safe?’

Muncie Community Schools 6/3/2022, 10:00am

Muncie Community Schools' 2022 summer meal sites

During the months of June and July, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) is set to provide free summer meals (breakfast and lunch) for those 18 years and younger. These meals are set to be provided across four MCS locations from June 6-July 29, Monday-Friday each week. 

Muncie Central High School 5/31/2022, 6:00pm

Muncie Central High School named Mentor School for successful Early College program

Muncie Central High School’s Early College program has been recognized as one of the best in Indiana by the Urban College Acceleration Network (UCAN), a new initiative of the University of Indianapolis’ (UIndy) Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). CELL recently invited MCHS to serve as a Mentor School to other Indiana high schools so they can successfully implement a program similar to that of Muncie Central High School's. 

Partnership Project 4/14/2022, 3:00pm

Letsinger's Legacy: After 22 years teaching at Muncie Central High School, Lisa Letsinger is retiring and leaving behind a legacy

The artwork-lined hallways of Muncie Central High School (MCHS) have been Lisa Letsinger’s second home for 22 years. Since January 2000, when she rolled textbooks classroom to classroom on a cart to teach accounting and personal finance, Letsinger has rooted herself at the heart of MCHS and in the hearts of her students.

Partnership Project 4/8/2022, 12:00pm

Muncie Community Schools records increased financial performance, enrollment

Below are some charts showing the financial stance of Muncie Community Schools (MCS) in 2022, which were provided by Brad DeRome, MCS chief financial officer. “Prior to the [Ball State] partnership in 2018, the district was losing around 500 students or so each year,” Klotz said via email. “That then subsided to around 100 students for a couple years before actually seeing a gain of 100+ students last year – the first enrollment increase at MCS in 15 years.”

News 2/23/2022, 10:00am

Muncie Community Schools lift mask mandate

The Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Board of Trustees approved lifting the school district's mask mandate Feb. 22, no longer requiring students, staff or visitors to wear a mask inside MCS buildings.