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Superintendent's Summary Dr. Jack Parker ~ January 31, 2020

MV Community Champions

Last week, we assembled the Mt Vernon Community Champions (MVC2) for the second time to review the draft of our Future Growth Plan. With 240 stakeholders in attendance, we were delighted with the level of community engagement, and the input received was valuable. Our next steps include bringing our MVC2 Advisory Committee back in February to disseminate the MVC2 input and to refine the Future Growth Plan before taking it to the board in March. To review the presentation, video, and other curated documents related to our collaborative work, please visit the MVC2 page on our website. Thank you for sharing your voice on the future of Mt. Vernon!

Transfer Policy

The Out-Of-District/Transfer Policy approved by the Board last spring allows for the application to be open for a two-week window in the spring. We will again be providing an opportunity for parents who wish to send their children to MVCSC and make this application available during two non-consecutive weeks this year. Offering a week in April will allow the district to assess early numbers and possibly hire teachers earlier in the hiring season. This will also provide time for those who wish to apply at a similar time to last school-year.

The Out-of-District/Transfer application windows will be open on our website during the following weeks:

  • Week One - Saturday, April 18th at noon through Sunday, April 26 at noon
  • Week Two - Saturday, May 9th at noon through Sunday, May 17th at noon

As our schools begin to fill up, we are able to decrease the proportion of new transfer students to resident students. Even though we added 93 new transfer students this school year through our new application policy, our net transfer student population was down 44 students. In December, the Greenfield Daily Reporter (GDR) did a nice article on transfer students in the county. As reported by the GDR, Mt Vernon has 176 net transfer students this year which is 3rd to Southern Hancock (400) and Eastern Hancock (206). Additional information on MVCSC transfer practices will be launched next week on our website, www.mvcsc.k12.in.us.

MVMS Receives National Counseling Award

We are all exceptionally proud of our Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS) Counselors, (from L to R) Michelle Shepherd, Chelsea Pacheco, and Carey Cole. MVMS was one of 140 schools nationwide to receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) award by the American School Counselor Association. This distinction is officially awarded for a five-year period to MVMS. Congratulations to our MVMS Counseling Team for their great work serving our middle school students! To see more details on this prestigious award click here.

Supporting House Bill 1204

Last week, I testified to the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee in support of House Bill 1204. This very important bill gives back the tuition support schools are losing due to students who graduate early. For Mt. Vernon, this means a potential $133,000 additional dollars that we expected to lose from 41 of our seniors graduating in December. This is potentially great news as we had to deduct that expected loss from our funds that we used when providing raises to our staff this year. A small piece of my testimony included the following statement:

We are very proud of our early graduates and want to support those who are ready and able to transition to their plans beyond high school. The fact that you are considering this legislation demonstrates your willingness to reward schools for facilitating early graduation.

I am thankful for the support of the state legislature, and Representative Bob Cherry for authoring this valuable bill to support all of Indiana’s schools who work to help students graduate early.

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