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Western Indiana Knoy Learning Center Reviews Year-End Results


Western Indiana Knoy Learning Center Leadership-Principals, row one, left to right: Jeff Bell, Clay City Jr-Sr High School; Mike Springer, Monrovia High School; Chris Ross, Shakamak High School; Brian Disney, Mooresville High School; David Dean, Bloomfield Jr-Sr High School; Kevin Frank, Eastern Greene High School; Rhonda Schafer, Owen Valley High School; Ernie Simpson, Northview High School. Row two, left to right: Dave Mahurin, Rockville High School; Dwight Ashley, Turkey Run High School; Dr. Kirk Freeman, WIKLC Program Director; Russ Hesler, Greencastle High School; Sonny Stoltz, Cloverdale High School; Jeff Gibboney, Eminence Jr-Sr High School; Alan Zerkel, North Putnam High School. Not shown: Kieth Puckett, South Putnam High School; Dennis Moody, Riverton-Parke Jr-Sr High School; Nathan Moore, Linton-Stockton High School; Don Harmon, South Vermillion High School; David Springer, Sullivan High School; and Lee Ann Engelhardt, White River Valley High School. (Courtesy Photo) Western Indiana Knoy Learning Center Leadership-Principals, row one, left to right: Jeff Bell, Clay City Jr-Sr High School; Mike Springer, Monrovia High School; Chris Ross, Shakamak High School; Brian Disney, Mooresville High School; David Dean, Bloomfield Jr-Sr High School; Kevin Frank, Eastern Greene High School; Rhonda Schafer, Owen Valley High School; Ernie Simpson, Northview High School. Row two, left to right: Dave Mahurin, Rockville High School; Dwight Ashley, Turkey Run High School; Dr. Kirk Freeman, WIKLC Program Director; Russ Hesler, Greencastle High School; Sonny Stoltz, Cloverdale High School; Jeff Gibboney, Eminence Jr-Sr High School; Alan Zerkel, North Putnam High School. Not shown: Kieth Puckett, South Putnam High School; Dennis Moody, Riverton-Parke Jr-Sr High School; Nathan Moore, Linton-Stockton High School; Don Harmon, South Vermillion High School; David Springer, Sullivan High School; and Lee Ann Engelhardt, White River Valley High School. (Courtesy Photo) Now in their fourth year of 21st Century Community Learning Center funding, members of Western Indiana Knoy Learning Centers recently met to review results of yet another incredibly successful year for students. With over 898 students enrolled in the program, 1,157 credits issued and assistance with 249 diplomas earned, each consortium school celebrated with shared individual stories of student success due largely to principal and administrative leadership. Additionally, ten students who had officially withdrawn from school, returned to consortium high schools to complete credit requirements to graduate from their respective school.

Western Indiana Knoy Learning Centers is comprised of twenty high schools that span eight largely rural, western Indiana counties, united to meet the needs of students who may need a non-traditional format. The program was designed by Dr. Carolyn B. Milner, Superintendent of Cloverdale Community School Corporation, as an answer to the challenges faced by smaller school districts and the students they serve. CCSC serves as LEA for the $1,240,000.00 grant. Working together under the direction of Dr. Kirk Freeman, WIKLC Program Director, each high school within the consortium has steadily increased graduation rates by providing additional support and/or opportunities for students to graduate. Joining Cloverdale Community School Corporation in this unique collaborative program:

Bloomfield School District

North Putnam Community School Corporation

Clay Community Schools

Rockville Community School Corporation

Eastern Greene Schools South Putnam Community Schools

Eminence Community School Corporation South Vermillion Community Schools Corp

Greencastle Community School Corporation

Southwest Community School Corporation

Linton-Stockton School Corporation. Southwest Parke Community School Corporation

Monroe-Gregg School Corporation

Spencer- Owen Community School Corporation

Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation

Turkey Run Community School Corporation

MSD Shakamak Schools

White River Valley School District

The program is unique in that individual school autonomy is preserved (for example, specific diploma requirements per school) but resources are shared. Students are recommended for the program through school administration and counseling upon review of individual circumstances. It is the ultimate goal of the program for students to achieve a high school diploma that leads to gainful employment, workforce training or col- lege aspirations; and ultimately have the tools necessary to become successful members of their respective communities.

Dr. Kirk Freeman, of Kirk Freeman Consulting, Inc., is a former Greencastle Community School Corporation Assistant Superintendent and Clay County educator. For more information, please contact the Knoy Resource Center at 765-795-2495, ext. 5510 or 5563.

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