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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


SELLERSBURG — More districts are embracing 1:1 initiatives [laptops for every student]. Do you have one coming down the pipeline?

We have no timeline and that’ll be something Dr. Reed will discuss with our staff and our technology department. That can be good, but it doesn’t replace the traditional method. We’ve gotten a few inquiries. Greater Clark is doing that district-wide and New Albany-Floyd is pursuing a bond issue to pay for it. Clarksville has been talking about a tech school in a separate facility. It’s something that’s talked about more. I think sometimes it’s to give you a niche that you can sell your school on and technology is very important.

We feel like we do not have take-home computers, but there’s a lot of technology in the corporation with SMART Boards. We’ve got a much better than 1 to 2 computer ratio for all of our students, so I’m sure there’ll be things we’ll look at. But whether we decide to go in that direction, we’re not close to making any decision.

The state’s pushing more initiatives geared toward technical training to put students in the job market right out of high school. How is West Clark accommodating that?

We’re already offering quite a few college courses for credit and I’m sure we’ll be doing more of that. We use Prosser extensively and I think they do a great job.

Quite frankly, I think the state, a lot of times, grades schools on how many students they put into college. I think we should be sending more students to Prosser and getting them ready for the world of work. It seems nationally and statewide, we’ve got a lot of college graduates that are not able to find jobs or jobs they’re trained for. But yet, I don’t know too many plumbers, electricians and people like that who are without jobs. Many of them can get very good jobs fresh out of school. I certainly think we need to continue the emphasis on that and not just college graduates.

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