News and Tribune

July 26, 2013

Clarksville Schools awaits New Tech decision

Plan is to break ground Oct. 1, no matter the location

By JEROD CLAPP
jerod.clapp@newsandtribune.com

CLARKSVILLE — Still awaiting some kind of action from the town on its New Tech High School proposal, Clarksville Community Schools superintendent Kim Knott said she hopes to hear something from the town’s administration soon.

She told the board of trustees at their meeting on Thursday that they should know the town’s position in the next few days.

“We are still communicating with the redevelopment group in Clarksville,” Knott said. “I have nothing yet to bring to you to vote on, but I’m very hopeful that we will need a special meeting next week, maybe to vote on something.”

The district has been working with the town on their New Tech school — which is based on a project-based and problem-focused education model — since at least 2011.

The district has eyed the old Value City building along Eastern Boulevard for the school, but the redevelopment commission has mulled other options for the property as well.

Andy Bramer, board vice president, said he wants to see a decision come so they can get moving on the project.

“Hopefully, we do have that meeting so we can put that behind us,” Bramer said.

A timeline for the school was set by the board in January. The plan is to break ground on the project, wherever it’s located, Oct. 1, with an opening ceremony July 25, 2014, and be ready for students in August 2014.



FILLING-IN

Kathy Gilland, principal of Clarksville Elementary School, submitted her resignation to the district after she was approved as Utica Elementary School’s principal at Greater Clark County Schools’ meeting on Tuesday.

Gilland spent two years at Clarksville Elementary School. Her resignation is effective Aug. 2.

Knott said Gilland worked with Greater Clark superintendent, Andrew Melin, to help the transition into the school year go as smoothly as possible. Gilland will stay at Clarksville

Elementary until just after the school year begins before she takes on her role at Utica Elementary.

“We will miss her, she has brought many good things to our corporation,” Knott said.

Utica Elementary’s principal, Kim Hartlage, was approved as Greater Clark’s director of elementary schools earlier this month.

Jim Bemiss, board member, said while the it was “regrettable” to see her go, “the timing stinks” for Clarksville.



COME ONE, COME ALL

The district also approved more students who applied from other school districts.

Judy Sanderson, corporation treasurer, said 112 students have applied from other school corporations to attend Clarksville Community Schools so far. After the board approved Thursday

night’s round of students, she said there were more applications to process.

Last year, the district brought in about 120 students from other schools.

The board also approved unlimited transfer caps for the first and second semesters of the 2013-2014 school year.

Students will from other districts are allowed to apply to the district at any time, but will be approved to attend the district before the state’s enrollment counts.