Technology and growth remain at the forefront of administrators’ minds, according to Noblesville Schools Supt. Dr. Libbie Conner, who, along with other central office administrators talked about Noblesville School’s academic achievements, educational evolvements, growth and financial status during the annual State of the School address to the Noblesville’s Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 26.
“Financially we’re stable and we hope the public thinks we are making wise use of tax money,” Conner said. “As far as teaching and learning, we’re growing daily in the digital age and that certainly is our goal and vision.”
Noblesville High School has put technology into curriculum by adding the 1:1 initiative in which the district provides iPads to high school students. The program allows students to have technology at their fingertips and gives teachers different ways to connect students to the curriculum. Next year, middle school students will take part in the same initiative.
“We’re walking our talk. What was a vision is now being a reality,” Conner said, adding the 1:1 initiative will expand to the elementary level in two years. “The most exciting part is the opportunities that it offers the entire community.”
“The classrooms today are not the same classrooms and schools we had going through school,” Steve Stephanoff, assistant superintendent, said.
As construction takes place, providing more space at the high school’s main and freshman campuses, district director of operations Jeff Bragg said growth is still an issue. Bragg said 4,848 elementary students fill the corporation’s schools, which have a capacity of 5,100. Conservative predictions estimate that number to increase to 5.093 in 2016 and 5,220 in 2017.
“In the next two and a half years, we will hit capacity and, as you all know, capacity obviously means we need a new building,” he said.
Conner said the district would like to wait until 2016 to have a referendum and open the district’s eighth elementary school in 2017.
“It’s cutting it really close in some of our schools,” she said.
School officials highlighted the following:
● Schools have proved to be high-performing schools by maintaining an A letter-grade from the Indiana DOE for the past three years. Additionally, Noblesville has tested higher than average among other state schools at all grade levels.
● Noblesville will offer more AP classes next year – ranging from music theory to AP physics. Students also have the ability to start earning college credits while still in high school through partnerships with Purdue, Indiana and Vincennes universities, IUPUI and Ivy Tech.
● Community businesses are providing internship opportunities to high school students. Twenty-nine percent of next year’s senior class is signed up for internships with 27 local businesses.
By the numbers
Noblesville Schools is a high-performing school district that:
• Serves 9,850 students from pre-school through high school.
• Maintains 2.1 million square feet of facilities.
• Operates within a $99,384,318 budget for 2014.
• Employs nearly 1,000 full-time employees and issued 2,025 W-2 Forms last year.
• Graduates 94.7 percent of its high school students on time.[gview file=”https://youarecurrent.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/StateOfTheSchoolsWeb.pdf”]