HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – Just as it happens every year, summer break must come to an end and back to the classroom it is.
“Yea, I'm excited. I get to see all my friends back to school,” said Borden Elementary student Trevor Merkel.
As a new 5th grader, Merkel has a big year ahead of him. As do the nearly 5,000 other students from Borden, Henryville and Silver Creek that make up the West Clark Community School District.
Superintendent Chad Schenck may be the most anxious to get back in the swing of things.
“I'm very excited and there's been a lot of work over the summer,” Schenck said.
He wants parents and students to know a few things before classes start on Wednesday, July 26.
The first is that the people set the school district apart. He wants to remind students of the PRIDE program to embody persistence, responsibility, initiative, determination and efficiency. That way they can take full advantage of their education.
“This is a wonderful place to educate your children, but they need to be here. And that's a point of emphasis and a point of, not concern, just of major focus to us. To make sure we are offering the courses and curriculum and classes that are attracting kids,” Schenck said.
That brings him to point number two -- the programs that are offered at the various schools.
“We have a finance academy, a theater academy, a Project Lead the Way Engineering Academy, we have an advanced manufacturing academy. Those are the things that any student that's in any of our high schools, if they want those courses we're going to find a way to allow them to take those classes,” Schenck said.
Schenck says that can happen whether it's through online learning or transporting to students to where those classes are being offered.
Finally, he wants parents and students to understand there could be growing pains this year.
During the course of the 2017-2018 school year Silver Creek High School could see some major construction if a $95 million referendum passes in November.
“We look to double the size and renovate fully that high school campus,” Schenck said. “We want to make sure that every one of our teachers has a classroom. Right now I have 10 teachers who teach on a cart at Silver Creek High School because we just have no available classrooms.”
Schenck hopes taxpayers see it as an investment in the future and so students can come back after every summer to facilities that are appropriate for learning.
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