Schools will work with United Way to implement learning center

The Huntington County Community School Corporation School Board unanimously approved a joint resolution for establishment of a learning center on Monday evening, Jan. 28.

The resolution was first presented to the board at its last meeting.

The approval gives Superintendent Tracey Shafer the go-ahead needed to work with the United Way of Huntington County to expand the current Vocational Technical Building near Huntington North High School.

Shafer says the expansion will allow the current classes using the building larger lab space.

It will also open up negotiations for a partnership with Ivy Tech to offer adult education in the building.

The board also approved an amendment to the certified staff evaluation model, which has been in place since the 2011-12 school year.

The amendment will make the teacher evaluation process less daunting, Shafer says.

Shafer also discussed the state of the local school corporation, with a strong focus on raising the graduation rate in HCCSC.

He says the goal is for a 90 percent graduation rate. The corporation's graduation rate is currently just under that number, Shafer said.

"We truly are seeing tomorrow, today," Shafer says, adding that he hopes that teachers and students will continue to work together to make strides towards improvement.

Huntington North High School Principal Chad Daugherty presented an academic update, which explained the eighth grade visit day he held for Riverview and Crestview middle schools on Jan. 14 and 15.

Daugherty reported the visits went very well, and gave encouragement to the incoming freshman.

In other business:

• The board approved four monetary donations.

They included a $300 donation from Bruce and Linda Myers to Crestview Middle School; a $500 anonymous donation to Riverview Middle School; a $2,216 donation from the Local Anti-Drug Coalition Efforts to the HNHS Freshman Mentoring Program; and a $250 donation from the Huntington County Community Foundation to Huntington North High School.

• Shafer reported eight individuals earned a General Education Diploma in the month of January.

• The board approved nine field trip requests.

They included five trips for HNHS sports teams to attend state finals or championships; approval for the HNHS Varsity Singers to attend the Fairfield Crystal Classic; Roanoke Elementary's trip to Camp Potawotami; Northwest Elementary's trip to Chicago to visit Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum; and Roanoke Elementary's fifth grade field trip to Camp Potawotami.

• Also approved were new ECA employees, including Glen Cunningham, HNHS assistant softball; Matt Ditzler, HNHS assistant girls' track; Andrew Drummond, HNHS assistant baseball; Stephanie Gay, HNHS assistant softball; Jeff Phillips, HNHS assistant baseball; Garin Stephan, HNHS assistant boys' golf; and Scott Winter, HNHS head boys' golf.