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GCCS Earns "B" Letter Grade for 2015-16 School Year
The district is so excited to announce that we have earned a "B" letter grade for the first time since the state accountability letter grades have been implemented. This accomplishment has taken a tremendous amount of work by our students and staff! Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin stated, "The 'B' letter grade happened due to the collaborative effort of all our employees to provide a strong educational foundation for our students. As a district, we go above and beyond the basics to ensure all students become critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible citizens." Click here to visit the Indiana Department of Education's website to view a list of school grades.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz stated, “I want to thank Indiana’s students, educators and families for their countless hours of work over the last academic year. This year, Indiana implemented a new student-centered school accountability system utilizing Indiana’s new, more rigorous standards and assessments for the first time. For those reasons, the 2015-16 school year establishes a new baseline for school accountability grades in Indiana. Moving forward, the Department of Education will continue to support students, educators and schools with the important work of school improvement.”
Bears on Parade at Maple Elementary
Maple Elementary held their 15th annual "Bears on Parade" event today! The event is hosted by the school, in partnership with Steel Dynamics, to ensure every student receives a Christmas gift this holiday season or has the opportunity to obtain a gift to give to a loved one.
Stuffed animals were numbered and lined around the gymnasium, which gives the effect of a parade. Students entered the gymnasium one grade level at a time to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Students then selected a number from Santa’s bag and one of Santa’s helpers guided them to find the stuffed animal that matched their number. The event is organized by physical education teacher Katrina Pierce.
General Counsel Retires After 26 Years with GCCS
The Superintendent and Board of School Trustees extend best wishes to Sandra W. Lewis, who is retiring from Greater Clark County Schools today. Ms. Lewis began working in 1990 as the attorney for Greater Clark on a part-time basis while a partner in a private law firm in Jeffersonville. In May 2000, Ms. Lewis joined the district as General Counsel on a full time basis.
During her twenty-six years of work on behalf of GCCS, Mrs. Lewis has been involved in a myriad of legal issues, including initially organizing Greater Clark’s 501(c)(3) Educational Foundation and participating in contract negotiations with five different employee union organizations. She handled the legal defense coordination of all litigation filed against the corporation; served as the local counsel in arbitration and special education hearings including EEOC, ADA, and personal injury complaints. She provided oversight for the Human Resources Department; handled day-to-day family law matters on behalf of the schools; and, served on the district’s Employee Performance Review Committee.
“I love my job as much as I did the first day I was hired. I'm deeply honored to have worked with the various School Board members, six Superintendents, as well as all of our Administrators and staff. "
In January 2017, Mrs. April Hall Geltmaker will join GCCS as the staff attorney. Ms. Geltmaker has practiced law in Indiana for eleven years. Her private practice experience will be of benefit to Greater Clark’s many issues related to family law and contract issues.
Parkwood Elementary Holiday Door Decorations