Danville Town Council recognizes teacher of the year

by Peg McRoy Glover

The Danville Town Council met on Dec. 18. The regular Dec. 16 meeting was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Several members of the community were recognized at the meeting.

The council presented a proclamation in recognition and honor of North Elementary School art
teacher, Katie Pourcho, for being named 2020 Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Department
of Education. In February, Pourcho will go to the Google Corporate Headquarters in California
along with the other teachers of the year from all 50 states and territories. In the spring, the
teachers will go to Washington, D.C. to attend meetings and workshops.

Council President Mike Neilson said, “Of all the school districts in the state of Indiana, she is the best of the best.”

Kelly DiBenedetto, the new executive director of the Greater Danville Chamber of Commerce,
provided the council with an overview of where the chamber is right now regarding
membership, scholarship, events, its website and social media.

DiBenedetto said, “I have been looking forward to meeting the council and look forward to the collaboration between the town and the chamber.”

At the recommendation of Chief of Police Jim Hilton, the council voted to name Detective
Corporal Brent Allison assistant chief of police. Allison is a ten-year veteran of the department.

Previously, Allison worked for the Parke County Sheriff’s Office. He has over 16 years of
experience in law enforcement.

Several agenda items were tabled until the Dec. 30 year-end close out meeting scheduled
for 4 p.m. in the Danville Town Hall.