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September 15, 2013

New approaches at Clarksville Community Schools

Superintendent Kim Knott works on bringing a new school concept to the district with the hopes of increasing enrollment


CLARKSVILLE — What needs to be done with New Tech by the end of this school year?

We have a lot to do. We have a great number of things to do. We start the interview process for the principal next week, so that’s one of the immediate tasks we must complete. Once that’s done, that individual will start the interview process for the staff. While that’s going on, we’ll disseminate information to our parents and students and embarking on parents and student meetings.

We will then start having early committals. Once we get those, all of those folks, students, staff, principals will be involved in the actual design process of that building. All of that’s going to happen prior to the holiday break. It’s going to be fast and furious.

In addition to that process, we’ve got the process of choosing the architects. They’re submitting their design-bid proposals. We’ll open those proposals on Oct. 11, present them to the board the following week and hopefully begin to award a design, come back to the board and open the prices.

How do you think that facility will affect your enrollment?

I don’t know. We’re hopeful, I’m going to tell you that. It’s clearly going to be a different kind of educational opportunity. I think it will appeal to parents and students. I think the first year is going to be our pilot year, so to speak. I think everybody’s going to kind of stand back and see how that first year goes. I think we’ll see much more interest the second year than the first year.

We’ve got some options on that third year when we want to expand it. We may add an eighth grade and an 11th grade. We may just want to stay with 11 and 12. We’ll have some options at that point in time based on the success of the first two years.

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Judy Lunsford works on a lesson plan for her students with fellow teachers, Ellen Rothstein and Adam Stephens, in her classroom at Northaven Elementary in Jeffersonville Wednesday afternoon. Lunsford, a new addition to Northaven, will be teaching second grade.

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