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August 31, 2013

West Clark Community Schools: Growing up and out

Superintendent Monty Schneider talks about challenges and benefits in the coming school year

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SELLERSBURG — With the tornado in 2012 and last year’s ISTEP+ debacle, is this the year you can set an academic benchmark for the Henryville schools?

I hope that it will, but it’ll be hard to compare because we do not have the scores for last year yet. They should be coming at any time, then we’ll see where we were. But you’re trying to compare them, really from quite a ways off, so it’ll be difficult.

We’ve got a good mix of experienced and new teachers at Henryville. The principals are both experienced there and I’m sure they’ll get on it. I guess you set a benchmark that you at least want to get the state average, but we’re not happy with the state average, we want to do better. The public’s going to look at them in comparison to where they are with neighboring schools, so that should be interesting to see.

What does West Clark offer that other districts don’t?

Even though we’re now approximately 60th in the state in terms of our enrollment, we’re still a corp. of small communities. I feel like the community feels like they have ownership of the school and they do. Even here at Silver Creek where we’re between 800 and 900 in enrollment at Silver Creek High School, the community feels ownership.

We’re still a corporation of small communities. There’s definitely a feeling of “it’s our town, it’s our school.” I think you get the best of both worlds. We’re large enough to offer most things, but we’re small enough that someone’s going to let parents know if their child’s doing something they’re not supposed to be, and I think that’s good.

There’s still a real pride about being a Borden Graduate, or a Henryville graduate or a Silver Creek graduate. I think there’s more than ever a feeling that we’re all West Clark, but they’re still very proud of the community where they came from.

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