Campgrounds Push for Later School Start
Save Indiana Summers, a non-profit, statewide coalition of parents, teachers and community members disappointed with the ever-earlier start to the school year, has made some progress in reaching its goal.
Jim Keller, governmental relations manager for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Indiana Recreation Vehicle Council, outlined some of this progress during the Oct. 24 meeting of 14 campground members, which was held at Indian Lakes Campground in Wolcottville, Ind.
The coalition has succeeded in getting some legislators “listening” to the coalition’s goal of having no public schools in session between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Keller said. No legislation has been drafted, he said, but legislators’ willingness to listen is encouraging.
That the state’s annual testing program to measure educational attainment has been moved from the fall to the spring also is considered movement in the right direction, Keller said.
Campground members also heard Mike Mettler, manager of environmental health with the Indiana Department of Health, talk about the reorganization of the inspection programs for septic systems and sewage treatment plants. Mettler contends that the reorganization will make the process more efficient, Keller said.
During their meeting, the campground operators toured the campground’s new community building and enclosed swimming pool.
According to an informal survey of campground operators about their business in 2008, “Most of them said it was light but not bad,” Keller said.
“Seasonals were steady. Everybody seemed OK. No one said we had a banner year but nobody said everybody disappeared either. People are still camping. Seasonal business keeps the campgrounds in good shape.”